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(...)

Seán O’Brien says Ireland’s World Cup camp is more intense than it was during the Six Nations. Photograph: Inpho

The suggestion of lazy summer days and Seán O’Brien shoots a glance across the room. “A day off, not a week,” he says, quickly crushing thoughts of re(...)

Ireland fullback Simon Zebo breaks free to score a try in the 61st-minute against Scotland in the Rugby World Cup warm-up game at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho 8:14

This was a sloppier, less accurate Irish performance, but Scotland put up a more meaningful and exacting challenge than Wales a week previously, wh(...)

Sean O’Brien captains Ireland in today’s Rugby World Cup warm-up match against Scotland at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph:  Mark Runnacles/PA Wire

The phoney war continues, although another audition for coveted World Cup places means this is anything but phoney for the protagonists. One- time sol(...)