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Joey Carbery   receives medical attention prior to being taken off during the Guinness Summer Series match between Ireland and Italy at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday. Photograph:  Dan Mullan/Getty Images

Ireland 29 Italy 10 In what represented something of a trial for a host of players, ironically it was the performance and premature departure of one (...)

Dave Kearney Ireland’s second try against Italy. Photograph: Getty Images

“Always a thought,” said Italy coach Conor O’Shea when asked if he believed his team could hold the lead against Ireland when they went ahead twice in(...)

 Ireland’s Joey Carbery is helped from the pitch after sustaining an injury. Photograph: Russell Cheyne/Reuters

Ireland 29 Italy 10 Ireland duly negotiated their first of four World Cup warm-up games, but this ninth successive win over the Azzurri was not witho(...)

Joey Carbery during the captain’s run at the Aviva Stadium ahead of Ireland’s first World Cup warm-up match against Italy. Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ireland v Italy, Aviva Stadium, Saturday, 2pm (Live on RTÉ 2 and Channel 4) If it looks, swims and quacks like a trial, then it probably is a trial. (...)

 Joey Carbery can become the other playmaker Ireland need.   Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

In what had been a titanic 2003 RWC semi-final, time was running out for New Zealand and Australia were seconds away from winning through to the World(...)

Jean Kleyn: after becoming eligible on the three-year residency ruling, the Munster lock  will make his  Ireland debut against Italy.     Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

As expected, opportunity knocks for a clutch of players named in Ireland’s opening World Cup warm-up game against Italy at the Aviva Stadium tomorrow (...)

Sergio Parisse is appearing in his fifth Rugby World Cup. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Italy Who are they The Italians will embark on a tough four match schedule in the build-up to Japan that will see them travel to Dublin, Paris and N(...)

Rassie Erasmus has sparked an impressive renaissance from the Springboks. Photograph: Ross Setford/Reuters

Pool B New Zealand - 1st (11-10) South Africa - 5th (8-1) Italy - 14th (500-1) Namibia - 23rd (5000-1) Canada - 21st (2500-1) The Contenders Steve (...)

 Chile fans  before the Women’s World Cup match against Sweden in Rennes. Photograph:   Reuters/Gonzalo Fuentes

World soccer’s governing body Fifa has defended its ticketing policy at the 2019 Women’s World Cup despite seeing average attendances at the first nin(...)

Italy’s Jayden Hayward during the captain’s run at Twickenham Stadium, London. Photograph:  Adam Davy/PA Wire.

It has been England’s party line all week that they are expecting the unexpected today, all too aware of how they were bamboozled by Conor O’Shea’s si(...)

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