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

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(...)

Iain Henderson, supported by Luke Fitzgerald, run at the Canadian defence during the  Rugby World Cup Group D encounter at the Milennium Stadium in Cardiff. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Joe Schmidt caught everyone at unawares with this team selection for Canada. Despite, seemingly, bringing inside centre cover to the World Cup in the (...)

Ireland’s Paul O’Connell in the tunnel before beginning the captain’s run in the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

It’s been four years since Ireland exited at the quarter-final stage at the last global shindig in New Zealand, there’s been an 11-week pre-season and(...)

Canad boss Kieran Crowley has backed Pool D rivals as one of the favourites for the Rugby World Cup. Photograph: Getty

Canada boss Kieran Crowley has labelled Pool D rivals Ireland one of the favourites for World Cup glory. Kiwi coach Crowley hailed compatriot Joe Schm(...)

Ireland captain Peter O’Mahony on the BMO Stadium pitch in Toronto yesterday. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Typical. Midway through the final week of the most injury cursed season Irish rugby has ever experienced and a stomach bug breaks out among the squad,(...)

Ireland captain Peter O’Mahony speaks to media in Toronto.  Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Ireland team doctor Jim McShane has his work cut out this week as a stomach bug has spread throughout the squad in Toronto.While not quite on the epid(...)