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Ireland’s Jacob Stockdale intercepts the ball to score his second against Wales at the Principality Stadium, Cardiff. Photograph: Adam Davy/PA Wire

Rare is the Irish rugby career that starts with a bang and carries on serenely without a few dips and brickbats along the way. Not even Brian O’Drisco(...)

Ireland fullback Will Addison looked as if he could offer the team something different in the match against Wales. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images

Amid all the many balancing acts that the Ireland coaches would have considered in their deliberations on Sunday, seemingly high among them was physic(...)

Joe Schmidt: “I’ve coached Dev for 10 years and he’s not just a lineout champion for us, he’s such a good player but he’s also an absolutely quality person.” Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Joe Schmidt has revealed the extent of his anguish in informing those players who did not make Ireland’s 31-man squad, and none was assuredly more dif(...)

Jean Kleyn got the nod ahead of Devin Toner as a specialist tighthead secondrow. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Joe Schmidt’s reasoning for Devin Toner’s exclusion from Ireland’s 31-man World Cup squad is based primarily on scrum power and a belief that Iain Hen(...)

Ireland centre Bundee Aki makes a break during the International match between Wales and Ireland at Principality Stadium  in Cardiff on Saturday. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images

Wales 17 Ireland 22 This was far from perfect, but Ireland at least produced a reaction and generated a feel-better factor, if not entirely feel-good(...)

Ireland outhalf Jack Carty sets up the attack for the game’s first try during Ireland’s 22-17 win over Wales   in Cardiff. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images

Of all his birthdays Jack Carty is unlikely to ever forget his 27th. He wore the fabled Irish number 10 jersey for the first time, was part of a winni(...)

Andrew Conway on the ball during Ireland’s win over Wales in Cardiff. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty

Andrew Conway has admitted Ireland’s players face a nerve-wracking Sunday waiting to find out their World Cup fate. The Munster wing impressed in Ire(...)

James Ryan takes a lineout ball. Photograph; Dan Sheridan

Ireland deserved their 22-17 victory based on the first 60-minutes of the World Cup warm-up match at the Principality stadium. But head coach Joe Sch(...)

Jacob Stockdale celebrates his first try against Wales. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Wales 17 Ireland 22 That was a little more like it. Ireland restored a degree of confidence and momentum from what was a much more hard-earned win t(...)

Peter O’Mahony talks during the Ireland Captain’s Run at  Carton House on Friday. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Wales v Ireland, Principality Stadium. Cardiff, Saturday, 2.30pm – Live on Channel 4. As mere footnotes in history go, this has a fair amount riding (...)

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