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South Africa-born Jean Kleyn (third right) lines out with the Ireland team ahead of the game against Italy at the Aviva Stadium last Saturday. Photograph: Donall Farmer/PA Wire

The residency rule had social media seething this week. South African-born Jean Kleyn was in and Kerry’s Ultan Dillane had been ditched. It struck a n(...)

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 (...)

  Joey Carbery of Ireland looks for space under pressure from the Italian defence   at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph:  Dan Mullan/Getty Images

Prior to kick off the entire starting Italian team was drawn from just two teams. Even Matteo Minozzi’s late entry didn’t break the duopoly. Although (...)

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(...)

 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(...)

 Andrew Conway dives over to score his side’s third try. Photograph:  Dan Mullan/Getty Images

Jordan Larmour There might have been a height mismatch early on with Esposito but he adopted to an attacking role enthusiastically, providing the fin(...)

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. (...)

Ireland’s  Andrew Conway and Jordi Murphy pictured with USA’s Dylan Fawsitt in last November’s autumn international. All three played together at Blackrock College. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Ten years later, and the rare sight of old pals Jordi Murphy and Andrew ‘Bomber’ Conway together in casual Ireland garb accentuates the unpredictabili(...)

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(...)

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