Jack McGrath and Cian Healy have traded places – largely due to the latter’s injury profile and McGrath starts against Italy. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

There is always some tinkering, and it always seems to make sense. Besides the evolution of the new centre partnership, ironically blocked at t(...)

Mike Ross is vital to Ireland’s World Cup hopes despite his international career blooming late. Photograph: Getty

“Whenever the Springboks are under pressure coach Heyneke has got this story about how charcoal under big, big pressure becomes a diamond.” – Victor M(...)

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 (...)

Fiji’s centre Vereniki Goneva  is tackled by Dan Biggar  and   Jamie Roberts of Wales  during the Rugby World Cup  Pool A match at the Millennium stadium in Cardiff. Photograph: Gabriel Bouys/AFP/Getty Images

Wales 23 Fiji 13 Wales missed what may prove an essential bonus point but considering the five-day turnaround, and against this calibre of free spirit(...)

 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(...)

Tyler Morgan will partner Jamie Roberts in the Welsh midfield. Photograph: Getty

POOL A: Wales v Fiji, Millennium stadium, 4.45 (Live on TV3, UTV) “It’s a tough tournament, isn’t it?” Warren Gatland, the ultimate survivor, w(...)

Peter O’Mahony and Jonathan Sexton go through their warm-up routines ahead of Ireland squad training at Surrey Sports Park in Guilford. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Rise up this morning and went to Ireland’s media gathering in Guildford. Simon Zebo is doing television.This is interesting for two reasons. Th(...)

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(...)

Robbie Henshaw during a gym session at  Surrey Sports Park in Guildford on Tuesday. The Connacht centre is in line to make his World Cup debut against Italy next Sunday. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Rob Kearney could conceivably play against Italy on Sunday but his glute strain is being managed with a view to a full recovery ahead of the French ga(...)

Ireland centre Jared Payne in action against Romania at Wembley. “He is probably one of the best passers of the ball in the squad,” says Tommy Bowe. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Misconceptions about Jared Payne are still doing the rounds. Tommy Bowe nudges his snout at the bait tossed over the side, has a wee nibble with serra(...)