Ireland centre Robbie Henshaw: centre is credited with 14 to 16 tackles against Italy. “Sixteen tackles, that won’t do. I’ll have to improve that, going to have to look to put in a harder shift again,” he said. Photograph: Inpho

A time in their lives these rugby men will never forget. It’s a week in which they beat Italy, watched the Republic of Ireland conquer Germany and Nor(...)

Jared Payne will not  face France on Sunday. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho 5:54

The French would have been mid-session this afternoon when word filtered through that Keith Earls will be wearing number 13 for Ireland on Sunday at t(...)

Ireland’s lock and captain Paul O’Connell stretches during a team training session in Newport. Photograph: Getty Images

Who would have known that Paul O’Connell was so thoughtful - the Irish captain presents his in-camp room mate with a brand new set of ear plugs each w(...)

Johnny Sexton  runs with the ball during the   Pool D match against Italy. Photograph: Mike Hewitt/Getty

The Youtube clip titled “Bastareaud et Sexton: L’histoire d’un bus et d’un piéton [the history of a bus and a pedestrian]” will displease Johnny Sexto(...)

Ireland coach Joe Schmidt keeps an eye on training this morning. Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Jared Payne will train on his bruised foot next Tuesday and is expected to run fully with the squad by Thursday while Rob Kearney showed up fully fit (...)

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(...)

 Rob Kearney scores his  try against Canada last Sunday. Photo: Andrew Couldridge/Reuters 7:17

Rob Kearney and Jared Payne have failed to prove their fitness for Ireland’s third Pool D match against Italy at the Olympic stadium on Sunday. Kea(...)

Luke Fitzgerald: “I find it pretty hard to say that I’m lucky to be here ... I’ve worked very hard.” Photograph: Inpho/Dan Sheridan

There’s Luke Fitzgerald then and there’s Luke Fitzgerald now. The pre-seasons and seasons have changed him. The tough selections have changed him. Inj(...)

Jared Payne is an injury doubt for the upcoming Italy game. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Jared Payne’s “bruised foot” kept him out of training today at Surrey Sports Park, making the 29-year-old Kiwi and Rob Kearney the only known doubts a(...)

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 (...)