Robbie Henshaw is in line to make his World Cup debut in the Pool D game against Italy on Sunday. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho 7:17

Akin to other head coaches who have a clear selection strategy in this World Cup, although not all, Joe Schmidt is expected to largely revert to th(...)

Cian Healy being put through his paces at the Ireland squad’s training session at Surrey Sports Park, Guidford, Surrey.  Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The old maxim that you wouldn’t want to have a limp around here certainly applies to the Irish squad. While the news of Rob Kearney’s strained glute (...)

Cian Healy is set to start for Ireland against Romania at Wembley on Sunday. Photograph: Inpho 6:20

Cian Healy is expected to start for Ireland against Romania on Sunday at Wembley stadium. The 28 year old, who surpassed fellow loosehead prop Nick P(...)

Luke Fitzgerald was impressive for Ireland at 12 against Canada. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

What a start. Twickenham was bursting at the seams on Friday night. Standing pitchside, the Fijians swarmed around taking pictures of the crowd, engag(...)

Luke Fitzgerald challenges for a high ball with Matt Evans during Ireland’s opening World Cup match against Canada. Photograph: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images 1:56

The odds on Ireland winning Pool D shortened from 4/6 to 4/7 in the aftermath of beating Canada, and while that may seem a little premature, it tak(...)

Jared Payne’s ability to make the right decision makes him such a vital part of Ireland under Joe Schmidt. Photograph:  Michael Steele/Getty Images

It wasn’t perfect but it was entertaining and there was much to admire in the content of Ireland’s performance across various facets of the game in a (...)

Ireland hooker  Rory Best gets tackled by Canada’s Djustice Sears-Duru  during Rugby World Cup Pool D game at Millennium Stadium in Cardiff. Photograph:  Mike Egerton/PA

Rob Kearney 7 Primarily a goalkeeping fullback who rules aerial exchanges, so crucial if Ireland are to see Twickenham next month, but he ran for 121 (...)

Peter O’Mahony is tackled by George Ford of England during Ireland’s warm-up game at Twickenham. Photo: Dan Sheridan/INPHO

It can’t be easy for those closest to Peter O’Mahony to watch him play. He doesn’t seem to know the meaning of the word fear. Joe Schmidt has often ve(...)

England’s flanker Chris Robshaw  is tackled by Ireland’s  Rory Best and   Jack McGrath  during Saturday’s Rugby World Cup warm-up match at Twickenham. Photograph: Glyn Kirk/AFP/Getty Images

Twickenham makes England genuine World Cup contenders. Every other nation must enter this heady arena and seek victory. Ireland tried, Ireland failed(...)

Ireland’s flanker Peter O’Mahony wins the ball in the lineout during the international rugby union friendly match between England and Ireland, ahead of the 2015 Rugby World Cup. Photograph: Getty Images

Peter O’Mahony has admitted Ireland failed to cope with England squeezing Joe Schmidt’s game plan in 21-13 Twickenham defeat. Munster flanker O’Mahony(...)