Jack McGrath and Cian Healy have traded places – largely due to the latter’s injury profile and McGrath starts against Italy. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

There is always some tinkering, and it always seems to make sense. Besides the evolution of the new centre partnership, ironically blocked at t(...)

Ireland coach Joe Schmidt keeps an eye on training this morning. Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Jared Payne will train on his bruised foot next Tuesday and is expected to run fully with the squad by Thursday while Rob Kearney showed up fully fit (...)

Robbie Henshaw is in line to make his World Cup debut in the Pool D game against Italy on Sunday. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho 7:17

Akin to other head coaches who have a clear selection strategy in this World Cup, although not all, Joe Schmidt is expected to largely revert to th(...)

Ireland manager Joe Schmidt has made 12 changes for Sunday’s Rugby World Cup pool C clash with Romania at Wembley. Photograph: Inpho 5:24

Robbie Henshaw’s hamstring injury will not be risked in Ireland’s second World Cup match against Romania at Wembley on Sunday with Joe Schmidt moving (...)

Cian Healy is set to start for Ireland against Romania at Wembley on Sunday. Photograph: Inpho 6:20

Cian Healy is expected to start for Ireland against Romania on Sunday at Wembley stadium. The 28 year old, who surpassed fellow loosehead prop Nick P(...)

Luke Fitzgerald challenges for a high ball with Matt Evans during Ireland’s opening World Cup match against Canada. Photograph: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images 1:56

The odds on Ireland winning Pool D shortened from 4/6 to 4/7 in the aftermath of beating Canada, and while that may seem a little premature, it tak(...)

Ireland hooker  Rory Best gets tackled by Canada’s Djustice Sears-Duru  during Rugby World Cup Pool D game at Millennium Stadium in Cardiff. Photograph:  Mike Egerton/PA

Rob Kearney 7 Primarily a goalkeeping fullback who rules aerial exchanges, so crucial if Ireland are to see Twickenham next month, but he ran for 121 (...)

Luke Fitzgerald is set to start alongside Jared Payne in Ireland’s midfield for the opening World Cup game against Canada. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho 5:12

The severity of Robbie Henshaw’s injury should become apparent at Thursday’s team announcement but the Connacht centre has not made Joe Schmidt’s open(...)

Cian Healy (far right) is available for selection for Ireland’s opening World Cup game against Canada at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff on Saturday. Photograph:  Billy Stickland/Inpho

Cian Healy will be available for selection for Ireland’s opening World Cup game against Canada on Saturday after team manager Mick Kearney announced t(...)

Joe Schmidt talks with captain Paul O’Connell ahead of the 2015 Rugby World Cup warm-up match against England in  Twickenham on Saturday. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

How best to approach a World Cup? On the back of two wins is preferable to two defeats, but at what price? Given the costly nature of Wales’ w(...)