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(...)

Cian Healy, Paul O’Connell and Ronan O’Gara during Ireland’s 15-6 win over Australia at the 2011 Rugby World Cup. Photograph: Getty

With rugby’s senior nations forming a relatively small pool of just eight sides, it figures that certain teams tend to meet each other regularly at th(...)

The 2011 Rugby World Cup semi-final defeat to Wales was Ronan O’gara’s last appearance for Ireland. Photograph: Getty

“It was an episode which has burned so deep into the heart and mind of Ireland that it is not yet possible for the historian to approach it with th(...)