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Ireland captain Jamie Heaslip in relaxed mood with head coach Joe Schmidt during the captain’s run at the Millennium Stadium. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images

As Jamie Heaslip noted, time was when players re-introduced themselves to the game with a modest pre-season friendly for their provinces, maybe a leag(...)

Ireland defensive coach Les Kiss speaks to the media ahead of Ireland’s opening Rugby World Cup warm-up match with Wales tomorrow. Photo: Dan Sheridan /INPHO

Les Kiss has warned Ireland’s fringe stars not to hijack their own chances of World Cup selection against Wales in Cardiff. Defence coach Kiss has cha(...)

Ireland’s Rugby World Cup warm-up match against wales will be broadcast exclusively live on BBC One Wales. Photo: Paul Ellis/Getty Images

Ireland’s opening Rugby World Cup warm-up match against Wales in Cardiff tomorrow is to be broadcast excusively live on BBC One Wales, meaning it is n(...)

Wales assistand coach Shan Edwards has said Saturday’s World Cup warm-up fixture against Ireland is a trip into the unknown. Photograph: Getty

Shaun Edwards admits Wales’ opening World Cup warm-up game against Ireland has an element of journeying into the unknown. After two months of training(...)

Former German striker Oliver Bierhoff shows the name of Wales during the preliminary draw for the 2018 World Cup qualifiers. Photograph: Getty Images

‘Wales?” George Hamilton’s exclamation was disbelieving, as though a little part of him suspected Oliver Bierhoff and Jérôme Valcke were playing some (...)

Chris Coleman says Wales are starting to face expectations, but each game ‘will be about those 90 minutes’. Photograph:  Nick Potts/PA Wire

The speed with which they’ve climbed the world rankings over the last couple of years always marked Wales out as desirable top seeds but if Martin O’N(...)

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Ireland must get through another difficult start to a qualifying campaign if they are to make it to Russia in 2018. Three of Martin O’Neill’s four ope(...)

Austria’s David Alaba caused the Republic of Ireland all sorts of problems during the the World Cup 2014 qualification match at the Ernst Happel Stadium. Photograph: Christian Hofer/Getty Images.

WALES World Ranking: 10. Ireland’s record against them: P13 W5 D3 L5 F16 A13 The Welsh certainly lack the pedigree of most other top seeds with just o(...)

 Luke Charteris tackles Jamie Heaslip during the Six Nations match in Cardiff. Initially Charteris was credited with 37 tackles during the game but that has now been reduced by six. Photograph: Michael Steele/Getty Images.

Reducing sporting achievement to a few digits, a grade, or a ranking, can seem unromantic. It’s a touchpaper for holy wars in the US over such things (...)

Wales coaches Robert Howley  and Warren Gatland  chat ahead of their Six Nations encounter against Italy in Rome. Photograph: Getty Images

All Wales know as they prepare to start the final round of matches against Italy in Rome is that they have to win to remain in contention for the titl(...)

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