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Rhys Patchell before Saturday’s match against Ireland at the Aviva. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Rhys Patchell may not play in the World Cup even if he travels to Japan with the Wales squad on Wednesday after suffering his fourth concussion in les(...)

Ireland’s Rory Best  against  Wales at the Aviva Stadium on September 7th. Photograph:Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Last Saturday’s story centres on lineout management and spatial awareness feeding into the question – where are Ireland on their World Cup preparation(...)

Ireland’s Rory Best leaves the field to a thunderous ovation after the game against Wales in the Aviva Stadium on Saturday. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ireland 19 Wales 10 On the proviso that Keith Earls’s quadricep injury is as insignificant as initially presumed – and hence, miracle of miracles, no(...)

 Tadhg Furlong scores his side’s second try. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Ireland 19 Wales 10 Top of the world ma. Not perfect, but much more like it. Far from derailed, Ireland duly completed a deserved double over Wales w(...)

Rhys Patchell will make his first start for Wales in 15 months in Saturday’s World Cup warm-up match against Ireland. Photograph:    Harry Trump/Getty Images

Warren Gatland says it is important that Wales are “rugby-ready” as they move towards their World Cup opener against Georgia. Wales complete a busy t(...)

Johnny Sexton starts at outhalf for Ireland this weekend. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Pivotal Irish halfback duo Johnny Sexton and Conor Murray are back together to face Wales on Saturday. Joe Schmidt’s final match as Ireland coach at t(...)

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(...)

Cory Hill has been named in Wales’ RWC squad as he recovers from a fractured leg. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Cory Hill has been named in Wales’ 31-man World Cup squad despite suffering from a leg fracture. Dragons lock Hill, who captained his country in two (...)

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(...)

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