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Ireland’s Tadhg Beirne: ‘I think I’ve definitely improved over the course of the last few weeks.’ Photograph:  Billy Stickland/Inpho

Tadhg Beirne’s decision to relocate from Llanelli to Munster in 2018 was with playing for Ireland and this World Cup in mind. Ironically, part of the (...)

Shampoo, baby oil and water may be disappearing in industrial quantities from team hotels and local pharmacies having been identified as essential ite(...)

Ger Carmody (centre) looks on at a fixture against the All Blacks during the British & Irish Lions Tour To New Zealand in 2017. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ger Carmody’s title is Head of Operations at the IRFU, although the colloquial terms, pathfinder or facilitator, perhaps best encapsulates his role. (...)

Ireland coach Joe Schmidt, scrum coach Greg Feek and defence coach Andy Farrell at a training session in Ichihara Suporeku Park, Tokyo. Photograph: ©INPHO/Dan Sheridan

Joe Schmidt and the Irish coaches have rarely had the welcome dilemma of choosing from a full deck in midfield, but in the anticipated absence of Robb(...)

Japan’s Luke Thompson during the 2015 Rugby World Cup game against the USA at Kingsholm Stadium in Gloucester, England.  Photograph: Julian Finney/Getty Images

Brighton 2015: spot the Kiwi on 83 minutes, having milled Adriaan Strauss off Japanese ball, all but leaning on the shoulder of Harumichi Tatekawa yet(...)

Scotland flanker Jamie Ritchie is set to miss the World Cup opener against Ireland next Sunday after having a steel plate fitted in his face. Photograph:   Billy Stickland/Inpho

Flanker Jamie Ritchie is set to miss Scotland’s World Cup opener with Ireland but Gregor Townsend admitted he is glad not to be dealing with a more se(...)

Robbie Henshaw during the Ireland training session on Saturday where he pulled up with a hamstring injury. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ireland will receive a medical report on Robbie Henshaw at 6am (Irish time) but the 26-year-old’s participation in this World Cup remains under seriou(...)

Ireland’s Robbie Henshaw could miss Ireland’s game against Scotland. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Robbie Henshaw’s availability for the World Cup opener against Scotland on Sunday week and the entire tournament is under threat after the 26-year-old(...)

New Zealand coach Steve Hansen: “I can’t be telling you Irish too much. You are number one in the world. You should be telling us. What do you think? Think it’s a good idea?”

The long and winding Steve Hansen media tour is scheduled to end November 2nd. That last gig in Yokohama is sold out but may yet be cancelled. All Bl(...)

Some of Ireland’s backroom team of Ger Carmody, Jason Cowman, Willie Bennett, David Hanley, Keith Fox, Dr Ciaran Cosgrave, Dave Revins, Richie Murphy and John Moran pitchside at Solider Field, Chicago in November 2018. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Over the 32 years since the first Rugby World Cup co-hosted by New Zealand and Australia in 1987, nothing has really remained the same. The tournament(...)

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