France’s Morgan Parra and Brice Dulin try to halt New Zealand centre Ma’a Nonu at the Millennium Stadium. Photograph: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

Richie McCaw turns and leads with a glance. The other unsmiling giants immediately know the command is rapidity. Seven disciples, led by Kieran Read, (...)

 Ireland’s Johnny Sexton during the Captain’s Run at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff on Friday. Photograph: David Davies/PA Wire

Disaster. Johnny Sexton’s injury timeline, according to the Ireland management, is that the 30 year old felt tightness in his groin on Friday after tr(...)

Ireland’s Tommy Bowe in action against France in last week’s final pool stage match at the Millennium Stadium. Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Accentuate the heavy toll then highlight those who remain. With Paul O’Connell under the knife, Peter O’Mahony forced home and Seán O’Brien wanderi(...)

Ireland’s captain Paul O’Connell  will return to the camp over the weekend. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Paul O’Connell will return to the Irish camp ahead of Sunday’s World Cup quarter-final against Argentina. The Ireland captain will offer his vast expe(...)

 Brian O’Driscoll gave a statement about Sean O’Brien’s good character to the disciplinary hearing.

Seán O’Brien is due to miss Sunday’s World Cup quarter-final against Argentina following pointed and severe criticism from Pascal Papé and the French (...)

Team huddle at a Scotland training session ahead of their Rugby World Cup Quarter Final against Australia, at Surrey Sports Park. Photograph: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

Former Scotland international Kenny Logan has described the three-week bans which have ruled hooker Ross Ford and lock Jonny Gray out of the rest of t(...)

Rhys Ruddock has been called into the Ireland squad.

Rhys Ruddock has been called into Ireland’s World Cup squad following the news this morning that Peter O’Mahony will miss the rest of the tournament(...)

 France’s Wesley Fofana is tackled by Ireland’s Sean O’Brien during the Rugby World Cup pool D match at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff. Photograph: EPA

France boss Philippe Saint-Andre has hit out at officials for failing to act on what he branded Sean O’Brien’s “assault” on Pascal Pape in Sunday’s 24(...)

 Peter O’Mahony receives treatment  at the Millennium Stadium.

Peter O’Mahony has been ruled out of the rest of the World Cup with knee ligament damage as Ireland continue to count the cost of yesterday’s bruis(...)

Fans celebrate as Conor Murray scores Ireland’s second try. Photograph: James Crombie/INPHO

One of the more eccentric Irish flags in Cardiff bore the message “There’s a crane gone up in Carlow – the boom is back.” We’ll return to that in a mo(...)