Scotland’s Hugh Blake is tackled by Ireland’s Gordon D’Arcy during the World Cup warm-up match at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire.

As Usain Bolt cantered across the 200m line yesterday I couldn’t help but notice how the great Jamaican transformed a struggling season, spent largely(...)

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(...)

Ireland failed to make it out of the pool of death at the 2007 Rugby World Cup. Photograph: Getty

Ireland head into the 2015 World Cup with legitimate hopes of winning it, and this is based on something with far more substance than the usual hopefu(...)

Robbie Henshaw: “We’re going to attack a lot more and it’s going to be more exciting play.” Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

This time four years ago he was embarking on his final year at school, during which he would captain Marist College to their first Connacht Schools Cu(...)

Munster head coach Anthony Foley at launch of the Guinness Pro12 in London. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Andrew Trimble is back sprinting, covertly, in the company of the Ulster medical staff. Marty Moore, wearing a moon boot for a slight foot issue th(...)

Anton Savage: instead of a cliched mid-Atlantic twang he opts for a Mitteleuropa accent. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Once upon a time it was practically de rigueur for aspiring broadcasters to adopt a mid-Atlantic accent, with many a radio DJ especially affecting (...)

Australia’s David Pocock is one of the best operators at the breakdown in world rugby. Saeed Khan/AFP/Getty Images

With a slight lull in play this weekend I decided to consult the rule book or should I say ‘World Rugby laws of the game’. With 48 World Cup matches a(...)

Leinster tighthead prop Marty Moore had shoulder surgery twice in seven months. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho.

Marty Moore needs to come through Friday’s Leinster versus Ulster match in Belfast to make Joe Schmidt’s 31-man World Cup squad. The 24-year-old tight(...)

Ireland outhalf Jonathan Sexton says France have been very focused on the World Cup and will present a huge challenge. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

As has usually been the case at World Cups, the Irish squad departed from New Zealand four years ago deflated. And some were probably a little more de(...)