A TMO interlude is announced during the Ireland v Canada clash at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.  Photograph: Andrew Boyers/Reuters/Livepic

The England 2015 organisers couldn’t have scripted a better first weekend if they tried. An entertaining enough opening night win for the hosts, fu(...)

Ireland defensive coach Les Kiss at a press conference in Staffordshire, England on Monday: he said  Romania have experience in the front-row, which gives an “opportunity to expose a few blokes to that”. Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ireland defensive coach Les Kiss on Monday strongly indicated there will be wholesale changes to the Irish team for Sunday’s second pool match agains(...)

Joe Marler of England hands off Conor Murray of Ireland during the World Cup warm-up game  at Twickenham. Photograph: Clive Rose/Getty Images

In keeping with the nature of this phoney war, there has been a palpable sense of Ireland keeping their powder dry, or not showing their hand, over(...)

Ireland secondrow Devin Toner will hope to fend off the challenge of Iain Henderson and Donnacha Ryan and partner Paul O’Connell in the scrum. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Waiting by the phone for a phone call from the boss is no one’s idea of a pleasant Sunday, and that was certainly true of the Irish players vying for (...)

Ireland coach Joe Schmidt faces a number of difficult decisions when it comes to selecting his squad for the World Cup. 2:54

Some celebrated outside backs are likely to miss out on the Ireland 31-man squad when it is submitted to the World Cup organisers by 5pm on Monday. No(...)

Michael Bent will line out for Leinster on Friday night alongside Gordon D’Arcy. Photograph: Inpho

The Ireland management will be keeping a close eye on the performances of Michael Bent and Gordon D’Arcy in Friday night’s pre-season friendly against(...)

Irish defence coach Les Kiss says there are areas where Ireland can improve. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Whereas other coaches have bitten the bullet in finalising their 31-man squads, or will have done so by the weekend, Joe Schmidt and his assistants(...)

Cian Healy is very unlikely to feature this weekend against Wales. Photograph: Inpho 3:04

Irish prop Cian Healy’s fitness as the World Cup clock counts down is an hour to hour wait for Irish management. As Joe Schmidt sizes up his squad, wh(...)

Connacht scrumhalf Kieran Marmion still has a chance of making Ireland’s World Cup squad. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho.

Interprovincial Friendly Munster v Connacht Thomond Park, Friday, 7.45pm Kieran Marmion, if the theory holds, will make the breakthrough at interna(...)

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(...)