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England’s Courtney Lawes and Maro Itoje, and Ireland’s Devin Toner in their pre-World Cup friendly at Twickenham on August 24th. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Devin Toner’s omission from Ireland’s Rugby World Cup squad constitutes a surprise based on his contribution to the national side in a career that cur(...)

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(...)

 Ireland will field a much-changed side from last Saturday’s starting XV for their 29-10 win over Italy, for their next warm-up game against England at Twickenham on Saturday week, says head coach Joe Schmidt. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Joe Schmidt has confirmed that the Irish coaching staff will most likely prune another two or three players from the 43-man squad prior to their depar(...)

  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 (...)

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(...)

Munster’s Jean Kleyn tackles Leinster’s Seán Cronin during the Guinness Pro 14 semi-final at the  RDS. Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/Inpho

It is a testimony to the relatively settled nature of the Irish squad that the 44 players named for the World Cup preparatory camps which commence in (...)

Ulster’s Darren Cave and Rory Best leave the field after their win over Connacht at Kingspan Stadium. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Ulster 21 Connacht 13 The scoreline certainly doesn’t flatter Connacht, who gave it their all in a throbbing and vibrant Guinness Pro14 quarter-final(...)

Rory Best: all set for a farewell home appearance at Kingspan Stadium. Photograph: Craig Watson/Inpho

Ulster v Connacht, Kingspan Stadium, Belfast. Kick-off: 5.35pm. (On TV: Live on eir Sport)   This intriguing first play-off meeting between them(...)

Bundee Aki returns for Connacht against Cardiff. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Pro 14, Connacht v Cardiff Blues, Saturday April 13th, Sportsground (kick-off 3.0pm, TG4) Bundee Aki returns to the Connacht side for Saturday’s crun(...)

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