Tadhg Furlong has been named in ireland’s 31-man squad after making his debut against wales at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday. Photo: James Crombie/INPHO

Ireland coach Joe Schmidt has named his 31-man squad for the Rugby World Cup. The primary talking points will be the decision to go with just two scru(...)

Ireland’s Jordi Murphy gets on the front foot against Wales. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Bragging rights at the breakdown are highly prized among backrow forwards and Wales’s openside flanker Justin Tipuric did his emphatically on Saturd(...)

Iain Henderson in action against Wales at the Aviva Stadium. “We gave Wales three silly penalties, three shots at goal and they took them.” Photograph: Reuters

The numbers confirm the visual aesthetics of Iain Henderson’s high-calibre performance at the Aviva Stadium. Henderson made more tackles (12) than an(...)

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(...)

Ireland’s Michael Bent is tackled by Scotland’s Grant Gilchrist during the World Cup warm-up match at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. Photo Niall Carson/PA

(...) of London Irish to Musgrave Park. In the pack John Ryan joins Mike Sherry and Stephen Archer in the(...)

Ireland’s Tommy Bowe will be hoping for an eyecatching performance against Edinburgh.

Ireland international wings Tommy Bowe and Andrew Trimble will start for Ulster in a pre-season game against Edinburgh at Goldenacre on Friday nigh(...)

18-year-old Bill Johnston will make his first start at Musgrave Park on Friday night. Photo: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

London Irish to Musgrave Park. In the pack John Ryan joins Mike Sherry and Stephen Archer in the front(...)

Michael Bent will line out for Leinster on Friday night alongside Gordon D’Arcy. Photograph: Inpho

(...) pack John Ryan joins Mike Sherry and Stephen Archer in the front row while John Madigan returns to(...)

Phil MacKenzie, who was impressive in the recent World Rugby Pacific Nations Cup, has been named in Canada’s 31-man squad for the Rugby World Cup. Photo: Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)

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Romania’s  Ovidiu Tonita will feature in his fourth Rugby World Cup next month.

Lynn Howells, who was assistant coach to Wales under Graham Henry at the 1999 World Cup, has announced his 31-strong Romania squad for next month’s Ru(...)