Ireland flanker Jordi Murphy had a tough day against the outstanding Justin Tipuric of Wales during the World Cup warm-up at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph:  James Crombie/Inpho

Iain Henderson or Devin Toner? It’s not really a tough call anymore. The second best forward in Ireland these past six months, this 23-year-old Craiga(...)

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(...)

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 (...)

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(...)

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(...)

Irish captain Sean O’Brien presents the ball during Ireland’s Rugby World Cup warm-up match against Scotland at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin, on Saturday.  Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho 8:14

Two warm-up wins with very close to 100 per cent set piece and eight tries scored (five from backs!) is a very happy return from the 34 players bloode(...)

Sean O’Brien is brought down by the Scottish defence at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

15 Simon Zebo Not flawless, but ran some excellent lines, none more so than for his try that he finished superbly and also very good aerially. Rating:(...)

Ireland fullback Simon Zebo is tackled during the World Cup warm-up game against Scotland at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph:   Billy Stickland/Inpho 3:24

Ireland 28 Scotland 22 Another win then surrounded by more positives than negatives. “The real positive is we can report a clean bill of health,” said(...)

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 (...)

Prop Michael Bent: “Some times were tougher than others but I always stayed positive and kept pushing hard to get back.” Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Michael Bent bridged a gap that’s a few months shy of three years when he came on as a replacement in Ireland’s victory over Wales last Saturday in Ca(...)