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

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 (...)

 Luke Fitzgerald: set to be given a run at outside centre against Wales.  Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho.

Luke Fitzgerald looks set to be handed the number 13 jersey against Wales at the Aviva Stadium when Joe Schmidt announces his side at lunchtime today,(...)

Jack McGrath could be central to Ireland’s World Cup plans should Cian Healy be deemed unfit to play. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho.

Boldness may have to come into Joe Schmidt’s repertory as he seizes upon options over the weekend and a 31-man squad to travel to the World Cup. This(...)

Ian Madigan could play at scrumhalf if necessary for Ireland.

Murphy’s Law – “whatever can go wrong, will” – is something Australia coach Michael Cheika is unlikely to take too seriously. While most teams (...)

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(...)

Dominic Ryan will captain Leinster in their friendly against Ulster on Friday night. Photograph: Sportsfile

Dominic Ryan will captain Leinster against Ulster on Friday night as the Leo Cullen era begins at Ravenhill. Backrow Ryan is one of three Ireland inte(...)

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(...)

No new injury concerns for the Irish squad after the Scotland victory on Saturday. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Joe Schmidt’s squad emerged from Saturday’s game against Scotland with no injury concerns and with a week’s rest before facing Wales in their return t(...)

Ireland scrum coach Greg Feek with Nathan White, Michael Bent and David Kilcoyne at the squad session at Carton House. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho 6:19

Whatever about keeping his powder dry, Joe Schmidt has held back many of his big guns for the showdown with Wales two weeks’ hence as auditioning for (...)