Peter O’Mahony’s brilliant try-saving tackle on Italy’s Josh Furno proved vital in Sunday’s Pool D encounter at the Olympic Stadium. Photograph:  Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

This evening’s individual review process for the Ireland team will be a little painful for most as Ireland coach Joe Schmidt analyses the performance (...)

Rory Best was one of the few good performers for Ireland in their World Cup Pool D clash with Italy. Photo: Eddie Keogh/Reuters

Ireland were caught in a vortex of errors, pushed passes, handling mistakes, kicks that drifted too far and some questionable decision-making that jar(...)

Italian scrumhalf Edoardo Gori did test the Canadian fringe but I fancy Ireland will not leak as easily.  Photograph: Paul Ellis/AFP 5:55

For the third weekend running events in other grounds are tearing my attention from Ireland where my PhD is progressing on English decision- making(...)

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(...)

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(...)

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 (...)

 Rob Kearney scores against the All Blacks: “It’s very hard to find a weakness but they are beatable. Ireland players know this now.” Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho 5:12

So the million dollar question: should Ireland coach an offloading policy at this World Cup? I don’t think you can. You are either intuitively good(...)

Rory Best: “Eight years ago we thought it would be okay when we got our best XV out. Ultimately it wasn’t.” Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/Inpho

There’s clearly no panic yet, and nor should there be. Yet the back-to-back defeats against Wales and England do heighten the need for Ireland to gen(...)

Ireland’s rugby squad poses with Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt. Photograph: Instagram

Bringing in high-profile guests is a feature of World Cup camps, but few could have startled Ireland’s 31-man squad more than the world’s fastest m(...)

Cian Healy (far right) is available for selection for Ireland’s opening World Cup game against Canada at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff on Saturday. Photograph:  Billy Stickland/Inpho

Cian Healy will be available for selection for Ireland’s opening World Cup game against Canada on Saturday after team manager Mick Kearney announced t(...)