Wales head coach Warren Gatland has announced his World Cup 31 man squad. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Bath lock Dominic Day and Exeter prop Tomas Francis have both been named in Wales’ 31-man World Cup squad. Day is among five locks in the group(...)

Ireland fullback Rob Kearney rises high to claim the ball ahead of Wales outhalf Dan Biggar at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Fittingly the heavens opened for the last quarter, which suited the team in front, which was deservedly Wales. And so it was that the Red Dragonhood r(...)

Ireland’s Dave Kearney claims a high ball during the World Cup warm-up game against Wales at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph:   Cathal McNaughton/Action Images via Reuters/Livepic

Wales coach Warren Gatland must have been a disaster to mind as a kid. Any sight of a hornet’s nest and he’d be straight over with a big stick. His ma(...)

Ireland’s Iain Henderson in action in the World Cup warm-up match against Wales at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph:   Cathal McNaughton/Action Images via Reuters/Livepic 11:57

Ireland 10 Wales 16 The cascading rain that enveloped the Aviva stadium for the final 10 minutes of the contest provided a suitably leaden hued backdr(...)

Paul O’Connell  leads the Ireland Captain’s Run at  Aviva Stadium ahead of Saturday’s World Cup warm-up match against  Wales. Photograph:  Ryan Byrne/Inpho 2:54

Paul O’Connell has refused to get sidetracked by what he calls “the long goodbye”. As the Irish captain prepares to line out against Wales on Saturda(...)

Wales are looking to reverse their result against Ireland three weeks ago in Cardiff - and gain some confidence. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Wales flanker Dan Lydiate believes that Saturday’s Dublin appointment with reigning Six Nations champions Ireland is “brilliant preparation” for the W(...)

George North returns for Wales to win his 50th cap against Ireland. Photograph: Andrew Matthews/PA

Alun Wyn Jones will lead Wales out against Ireland in the Aviva on Saturday, in the absence of Sam Warburton as head coach Warren Gatland selects a ne(...)

 Luke Fitzgerald: set to be given a run at outside centre against Wales.  Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho.

Luke Fitzgerald looks set to be handed the number 13 jersey against Wales at the Aviva Stadium when Joe Schmidt announces his side at lunchtime today,(...)

Jack McGrath could be central to Ireland’s World Cup plans should Cian Healy be deemed unfit to play. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho.

Boldness may have to come into Joe Schmidt’s repertory as he seizes upon options over the weekend and a 31-man squad to travel to the World Cup. This(...)

Former Wales captain Ryan Jones, who played in all three Tests of the 2005 British & Irish Lions tour, has announced his retirement from professional rugby with immediate effect. Photograph: David Davies/PA

Former Wales captain Ryan Jones has announced his retirement from professional rugby with immediate effect. Bristol back-row forward Jones, 34, said i(...)