Cian Healy trains with the Ireland squad at Carton House today. The prop has been cleared to play against England this Saturday. Photo: Dan Sheridan/INPHO

Cian Healy could play against England in Twickenham this weekend. The looosehead prop has been cleared to play having spent months recovering from an (...)

Jonah Lomu swatted away white shirts to score another stunning try against England in Pool B of the 1999 Rugby World Cup. Photograph: Getty

England’s game against New Zealand in Pool B of the 1999 World Cup wasn’t a must-win, but for both sides life would be far easier down the line if the(...)

Paul O’Connell tries to hold up a Welsh maul at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

The theatre superstition has it that a bad dress rehearsal makes for a good opening night, so Joe Schmidt and the Irish squad will not be panicking af(...)

Jannie de Beer drops his fourth of five goals against England in the 1999 Rugby World Cup quarter-finals. Photograph: Getty

It would be fair for England to consider themselves world rugby’s drop-goal connoisseurs. In 1991 they beat Scotland by a point to reach the World Cu(...)

Sam Burgess has made the final English World Cup squad. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Sam Burgess has been named in England’s Rugby World Cup squad, completing a remarkable rise since converting from rugby league just 10 months ago, whi(...)

Rob Andrew’s drop goal gave England victory over Australia with the last kick of the 1995 Rugby World Cup quarter-final. Photograph: Getty

Australia against England is one of sport’s finest and most intriguing rivalries, whether the two nations are competing for a 15cm-tall urn or on a ru(...)

Former Springboks coach Jake White: “Ireland have an easier pool than some teams and they can almost measure the way they want to go in the whole World Cup. Photograph: Getty Images

South Africa’s World Cup winning coach Jake White believes Ireland are ideally positioned to lift the Webb Ellis Cup this time round. White, who guid(...)

Zinzan Brooke scored a stunning drop goal as New Zealand blew England out of the water in the 1995 Rugby World Cup semi-final. Photograph: Getty

It seems ridiculous to think now but in the lead up to the 1995 World Cup New Zealand were, for once, not necessarily the favourites. In 1994 the All(...)

 George Ford in action for  England against France at Stade de France. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Watching George Ford go through the horrors in the Stade de France on Saturday, while Freddie Michalak steered the home side to a psychologically i(...)

Frederic Michalak in action for France against England at Stade de France. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

France coach Philippe Saint-André has omitted outhalf Francois Trinh-Duc from his 31-man World Cup squad in favour of Frederic Michalak. Saint-Andre (...)