Justin Tipuric is tackled by Ireland’s Iain Henderson on Saturday. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

On Friday I felt Wales required a bigger performance than Ireland. That certainly arrived and that Ireland couldn’t dictate as they did in Cardiff is (...)

Ireland’s Iain Henderson is tackled by Wales’ Gethin Jenkins and captain Alun Wyn Jones during the World Cup Warm Up Match at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. Photo: Brian Lawless/PA

Iain Henderson was moving house this weekend — 24 hours after effectively making himself an immovable World Cup option for Ireland head coach Joe Schm(...)

Paul O’Connell enters into the tunnel along with his son Paddy after playing his final Irish international at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph:   Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Fifteen minutes before the match started he had the Irish team in a huddle, led them from the front around the pitch to light ripples of applause from(...)

Ireland’s Iain Henderson in action in the World Cup warm-up match against Wales at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph:   Cathal McNaughton/Action Images via Reuters/Livepic 11:57

Ireland 10 Wales 16 The cascading rain that enveloped the Aviva stadium for the final 10 minutes of the contest provided a suitably leaden hued backdr(...)

Tadhg Furlong and Cian Healy taking part in Ireland’s squad session at Carton House. Furlong is expected to make his debut off the bench while Healy is nearing  full fitness. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho 7:17

While tomorrow’s Irish line-up looks more familiar, opportunity again knocks for a chosen few against an equally more familiar and potent Wales. And (...)

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(...)

Warren Gatland has named nine uncapped players in his 47-man training squad for the Rugby World Cup. Photograph: Getty

The Wales head coach Warren Gatland has turned to the Premiership as he starts preparing in earnest for the World Cup. His training squad of 47 for th(...)

Toulon were crowned champions of Europe for a third successive year after they beat Toulon 24-18 at Twickenham. Photograph: Getty

Clermont Auvergne 18 Toulon 24Toulon made rugby union history at Twickenham as they clinched a hat-trick of European titles by defeating fellow French(...)

Toulon’s  Matt Giteau runs at Leinster’s   Ian Madigan during the Champions Cup semi final match  at Stade Vélodrome 5 in Marseille. Photo: David Rogers/Getty Images

Matt Giteau echoed Toulon team-mate Bryan Habana’s sentiments that the reigning European champions will need to up their game in next month’s Twickenh(...)

Leinster captain  Jamie Heaslip leaves the pitch after the Champions Cup semi-final defeat to Toulon at the Stade Vélodrome in Marseille. Photo: Billy Sticklan/Inpho

Leinster coach Matt O’Connor admitted feeling pride and not sadness after his side’s bid to reach a fourth European final in seven seasons fell (...)