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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(...)

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 (...)

Will Addison is in line to play fullback in the World Cup warm-up against Wales in cardiff on Sunday. Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Opportunity knocks for one last time before Ireland’s 31-man squad is finalised for the World Cup when Joe Schmidt announces his side to face Wales in(...)

Ireland coach Joe Schmidt during a squad session at Carton House, Co Kildare. On Sunday he will sit down with his assistant coaches to pick a 31-man squad for Japan. Photgraph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

The Principality stadium in Cardiff on Saturday represents a final opportunity to plea bargain in performance terms for a place in the Ireland squad t(...)

Rory Best endured a torrid afternoon at Twickenham. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Not dark yet, but it’s getting there. Debate surrounding the Ireland captaincy has been ignited by Saturday’s 57-15 humiliation at Twickenham. If(...)

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 (...)

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