Gordon D’Arcy celebrates with his  team-mates after scoring against France after his return from injury  in 2009. “The lads mobbed me because they understood what their team-mate had been through, where he had to climb from to wear a green jersey again.” Photograph: Peter Muhly/AFP 2:49

Launchbury they could have defended it. At 17-3 that was the game’s major hand played. That’s rugby. Get(...)

Brendan Irvine claimed a 3-0 unanimous points win over Nico Hernandez of the USA on the first day of the World Championships in Doha. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

(...) the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Walsh’s nephew Dean came out the wrong side of a 2-1 split-decision loss(...)

Ireland supporters feel the strain during the World Cup Pool D game against Italy at the Olympic Stadium. Photograph:  James Crombie/Inpho

(...) games when nobody had to shush the crowd to respect the kicker since, for whatever reason, they came pre(...)

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

(...) that made the pilgrimage to the Olympic stadium in London were grateful for the final whistle. There(...)

Ireland fans outside the Olympic Stadium in London ahead of the World Cup Pool D game  against Italy. Photograph:   James Crombie/Inpho

(...) the trip to the Olympic Stadium. That journey would take you to the end of the track over in East(...)

Ireland captain Paul O’Connell is braced for a physical encounter with italy at the Olympic Stadium on Sunday. Photograph: Inpho

Cup encounter at London’s Olympic Stadium. Captain Paul O’Connell has warned Ireland to expect the(...)

Italy’s  Tommaso Allan of Italy looks to release the backs during the  World Cup Pool D match against France  at Twickenham Stadium. Photo:  David Rogers/Getty Images

(...) games, and a strength can become a liability. A conversation with Benvenuti during the week raised an(...)

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

Schmidt’s team for the third Pool D game ups the ante to a whole new level at the Olympic Stadium on(...)

Captain Paul O’Connell and Peter O’Mahony during Ireland squad training at Surrey Sports Park in Guildford, Surrey. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

(...), and yet there is so much on the line at the Olympic Stadium. Ireland certainly arrive in way better(...)

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

(...) anon. In the meantime; which Italy will turn up in the Olympic Stadium? The one that battled France(...)