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Joey Carbery  is taken off the field injured during the Guinness Summer Series match between Ireland and Italy at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday. Photograph: Dan Mullan/Getty Images

Certitude: the best-laid plans will be ripped asunder as the 2019 World Cup becomes an event based on durability rather than ability. Who can smile t(...)

Greg Feek: “A lot of the guys have had bloody noses. They’ve had some good days and they’ve had some bad days and that’s important for the World Cup as well.” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

One of the more interesting conundrums facing the Irish coaching staff is their choice of props for the World Cup. Four would be too little, and thoug(...)

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt shares a joke with his training squad during an open training session at Thomond Park. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Further pruning of the Irish squad will take place next week following the first of four warm-up games against Italy at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday.(...)

Ultan Dillane has left Ireland’s Rugby World Cup training squad. Photograph: James Crombie

Joe Schmidt has named an extended 43-man squad for the first of Ireland’s Summer Series matches on Saturday. Ireland play Conor O’Shea’s Italy at the(...)

Ulster’s Darren Cave and Rory Best leave the field after their win over Connacht at Kingspan Stadium. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Ulster 21 Connacht 13 The scoreline certainly doesn’t flatter Connacht, who gave it their all in a throbbing and vibrant Guinness Pro14 quarter-final(...)

Munster’s Guinness  Stephen Archer and Jean Kleyn tackle Joe Maksymiw of Connacht during the Pro14 clash at Thomond Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Munster 27 Connacht 14 For Johann van Graan, the abiding lessons from his first half campaign as Munster’s head coach was the importance of earning h(...)

Dan Goggin in action against Saracens at the Ricoh Arena last week. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Pro14: Munster v Connacht Kick-off: 7.35pm, Saturday. Venue: Thomond Park. On TV: Live on Eir Sport and Premier Sp(...)

Tom Farrell has been cleared to play after an eye injury in last weekend’s one-point victory over Zebre. Photograph: Inpho

The loss of lock Quinn Roux ahead of Saturday’s crunch Pro14 fixture against Cardiff is a significant injury blow for Connacht. The Ireland secondro(...)

Jack Carty is currently Connacht’s only fit No 10. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Connacht’s Jack Carty has been passed fit to travel to Parma for Saturday’s PRO14 meeting with Zebre, but unavailable are fellow Ireland players Bunde(...)

Sale Sharks’ Byron McGuigan goes over for a try against Connacht during the European Challenge Cup quarter-final match at the AJ Bell Stadium in Salford. Photograph:  Martin Rickett/PA Wire

Sale Sharks 20 Connacht 10 England remains the unhappiest hunting ground for Connacht as Sale inflicted a sixth defeat over the Irish province in Eur(...)

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