Munster’s Shane Monahan is tackled by  Bundee Aki of Connacht during their pre-season friendly at Thomond Park, Limerick. Photograph: I npho

Connacht 28 Munster 12 Kieran Marmion caught the eye with a dominant 40 minutes as two first-half tries must have him back in Joe Schmidt’s Wor(...)

Ireland’s Chris Henry:   “Watch his early adoption of suitable body position as he puts himself into the ideal entry point over the ball.” Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho 2:30

Kilkenny’s extraordinary methodology makes hurling a super team sport; so too Joe Schmidt’s rugby but for me it’s off shore sailing epitomised by t(...)

Training routine: Ireland Rugby Squad gets down to business at  Carton House, Kildare. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho 5:04

Opportunity knocks for a slew of Irish World Cup fringe contenders on Saturday in the first of the four warm-up games against Wales in Cardiff. While(...)

Cian Healy training at Carton House on Thursday. The Ireland loosehead  will be given until the opening World Cup game against Canada to prove his fitness. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho 5:04

Cian Healy will not be required to play in any of Ireland’s four warm-up matches to make Joe Schmidt’s 31-man World Cup squad. Schmidt is comfortable (...)

Ireland forwards coach Simon Easterby: “This isn’t about development, it’s about going to a World Cup.” Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Without wishing to rake up old wounds, Simon Easterby yesterday conceded that with regard to selection for the forthcoming warm-up matches and the Wor(...)

Jordi Murphy in action during an Ireland squad training session at Carton House on Tuesday. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

In some respects there is a nuanced divergence between the aspirations of management and players when it comes to Ireland’s first World Cup warm-up ma(...)

Cian Healy is tackled by  Michael Bent during Ireland training at Carton House on Tuesday. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ireland forwards’ coach Simon Easterby expects loosehead prop Cian Healy to be ready to return to play at the end of August but that team management “(...)

Andrew Conway makes a break for Emerging Ireland against Georia in Tbilisi. Photo: GRU/Inpho

Georgia 12 Emerging Ireland 45 Joe Schmidt watched Emerging Ireland win the Tbilisi Cup in emphatic style with a six-try win over hosts Georgia(...)

Ireland under-20 scrumhalf Charlie Rock makes a break during the seventh place play-off against Scotland at the World Rugby  under-20  Championships at  Zaffanella Stadium in Viadana. Photo: Giuseppe Fama/Inpho

Ireland 17 Scotland 9 Ireland under-20 coach Nigel Carolan says he expects many of this squad to go on and earn full caps in the years ahead and belie(...)

Ireland number eight Jamie Heaslip makes the crucial try-saving tackle as Scotland fullback  Stuart Hogg loses possession and knocks on going over the try line during the Six Nations game at Murrayfield. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho 9:27

It was a day of tiny margins where fate smiled on Ireland. A late try in Rome punctured rampant Welsh enthusiasm and despite missing two eminently kic(...)