Ross Byrne

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England’s lock Maro Itoje wins the ball at the lineout during the victory over Ireland at Twickenham. Photograph: Glyn Kirk/AFP/Getty Images

When Joe Schmidt makes the next cut for Japan bar Cian Healy and Rob Kearney no one starting last Saturday is safe, especially the leadership. Howeve(...)

England’s Joe Cokasaniga scores his side’s first try of the game against Ireland during the World Cup warm-up clash at Twickenham, London. Photograph: David Davies/PA

England 57 Ireland 15 True, it was the first hit out of the season for all but three of the side. They were in warm-weather training in Portugal unti(...)

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(...)

Ross Byrne and Garry Ringrose leave the pitch after Ireland’s defeat to England. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

A downbeat Joe Schmidt reflected on Ireland’s record defeat both to England and of his tenure, and admitted there were a litany of disappointing facto(...)

Joe Cokanasiga (L) and Tom Curry celebrate with Manu Tuilagi after the centre’s try against Ireland. Photograph: Glyn Kirk/AFP/Getty

England 57 Ireland 15 A heavy beating was always conceivable as there were several mitigating factors pointing towards it. But even so, thi(...)

Ireland Rugby Captain’s Run at Twickenham Stadium on Friday. ‘We’ll be hoping to get out of the game free of injury and I know that Eddie [Jones] will be hoping the same thing with the English lads,’ said head coach Joe Schmidt. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

World Cup warm-up: England v Ireland Kick-off: Saturday, 3pm. Venue: Twickenham. How to follow: The Irish Times liveblog will begin from 2.30pm. On T(...)

Ireland’s Conor Murray, Rory Best, James Ryan, Jordan Larmour and Sean O’Brien during the Six Nations game against England at  the Aviva Stadium In February. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Over the past month international coaches in both hemispheres have implemented tactics to nullify rushing defences. New Zealand and Australia are sele(...)

Joey Carbery: he  had been earmarked for this World Cup in part because he also covered full-back and at a push the role of third choice scrum-half

Nobody died, but it sure as hell felt like someone had. Everyone being dressed in black maybe added to the funereal atmosphere. The news had broken ea(...)

Jack Carty: named among the replacements against England at Twickenham. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The shoot-out between Ross Byrne and Jack Carty for a place in Ireland’s 31-man World Cup steps up in earnest against England at Twickenham tomorrow,(...)

Ireland’s Garry Ringrose, Ross Byrne and Josh van der Flier after Ireland’s victory over Italy in Chicago last November. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

At face value it would appear that Ross Byrne has been thrown into the white hot furnace of Twickenham in making his full Test debut against England t(...)

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