Wales are looking to reverse their result against Ireland three weeks ago in Cardiff - and gain some confidence. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Wales flanker Dan Lydiate believes that Saturday’s Dublin appointment with reigning Six Nations champions Ireland is “brilliant preparation” for the W(...)

Robbie Henshaw and Dave Kearney during an Ireland training session at Carton House, Maynooth, on Thursday. Billy Stickland/Inpho.

Still a game to play. Still time to play yourself out of the Ireland team and even the World Cup squad. Especially if you are a specialist winger. Ev(...)

Dave Kearney starts on the Ireland team named on Thursday to play Wales at the Aviva on Saturday. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho 7:17

Dave Kearney has moved into pole position to make Ireland’s 31-man World Cup squad ahead of Andrew Trimble or Tommy Bowe. Providing, of course, the yo(...)

George North returns for Wales to win his 50th cap against Ireland. Photograph: Andrew Matthews/PA

Alun Wyn Jones will lead Wales out against Ireland in the Aviva on Saturday, in the absence of Sam Warburton as head coach Warren Gatland selects a ne(...)

George North is nearing a Test return after being plagued by a string of head injuries. Photograph: Getty

Rugby World Cup bosses are “unlikely” to disqualify teams for breaching concussion protocols but could impose fines should competitors flout head-inju(...)

Ulster’s Stuart Olding leaves the field after a head injury sustained against Munster at Thomond Park in last season’s Pro12 competition. Photograph: James Crombie

Concussion continues to hang over rugby like an unwelcome cloud. We can expect the World Cup to highlight the dangers and see how far the sport has tr(...)

George North has come through a full contact training session as he looks to return for fitness for the Rugby World Cup. Photograph: Getty

George North has offered Wales strong encouragement that he will be fit for their World Cup campaign. The Northampton wing played a full part in a con(...)

Wales winger George North was concussed three times in five months. Photograph: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images.

Wales skills coach Neil Jenkins has delivered an upbeat bulletin on winger George North as the World Cup countdown moves into its Test match warm-up p(...)

George North became the youngest try scorer in World Cup history when he crossed against Namibia during the 2011 World Cup. Photograph: Getty

If Wales are to match their showing from four years ago and perhaps go a step further in the 2015 World Cup then the health of George North will be pa(...)

 George North: available for  Wales’s World Cup  warm-up games.  Photo: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

George North is fit to play in Wales’s World Cup warm-up matches after missing the final 10 weeks of last season on the advice of a specialist having (...)