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 Manu Tuilagi warms up during an England training session at Pennyhill Park. Photograph: Getty Images

Manu Tuilagi has revealed how he could have avoided more than a year of his injury layoff if he had come clean regarding his initial groin problem, de(...)

Unless he returns to play for a Premiership club in the future, Ben Te’o’s international career is finished. Photograph: Getty Images

Ben Te’o has effectively brought an end to his England career by signing for Toulon on a short-term contract, having been left out of Eddie Jones’s Wo(...)

Dan Leavy at Vodafone’s “Ireland’s Ball” launch event in Ukiyo-e. ““The physical side, the pain’s nothing. All the chat’s about the World Cup and that’s pretty hard to deal with sometimes.”

Dan Leavy says he was “humbled” by the support and thoughtfulness shown to him following the horrific knee injury he suffered while playing for Leinst(...)

CJ Stander taking part in the Ireland squad session at the  The Campus, Faro. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The last World Cup arrived just a fraction too early for CJ Stander but this one can’t come soon enough. The 29-year-old joined Munster in 2012, but(...)

Ireland’s Ross Byrne during training at the pre-World Cup camp in Portugal. Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ross Byrne is expected to be named for his full Test debut against England on Saturday, with Jack Carty on the bench, when Joe Schmidt announces the I(...)

Ireland’s Garry Ringrose in action against Italy in the Guinness Summer Series at the  Aviva Stadium on Saturday August 10th. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Let’s begin with Joey Carbery. Not his injury. Nothing can be done about that. Unfortunate, potentially derailing in its timing; he won’t be the last (...)

Conor Murray at Ireland Rugby squad training at the Campus, Faro, Portugal on Tuesday.  Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

It’s only a warm-up game, but then again it’s England. Furthermore, it’s Twickenham, and, as the many dust-ups in Cardiff last Saturday underlined, th(...)

Jack Carty: “He’s trained well this week, trained very well today, so we’ve got faith in Jack,” said Ireland kicking and skills coach Richie  Murphy. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Intent on opting for a 17/14 split between forwards and backs, as was the case in the 2015 World Cup, the Irish coaches are also likely to chose five (...)

Steve Hansen: the All Blacks head coach  said he was wary of his first-choice players losing sharpness. Photograph: Chris Symes/Inpho

Steve Hansen will not be wrapping his players in cotton wool ahead of the Rugby World Cup with the All Blacks coach confirming he will give his core g(...)

France lock  Paul Gabrillagues has received a six-week ban after an incident in the win over Scotland in Nice. Photograph:  Michael Bradley/AFP/Getty Images)

France lock Paul Gabrillagues has received a six-week ban after being cited for foul play during Les Bleus’ victory over Scotland in Nice last Saturda(...)

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