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Ireland centre Robbie Henshaw: centre is credited with 14 to 16 tackles against Italy. “Sixteen tackles, that won’t do. I’ll have to improve that, going to have to look to put in a harder shift again,” he said. Photograph: Inpho

A time in their lives these rugby men will never forget. It’s a week in which they beat Italy, watched the Republic of Ireland conquer Germany and Nor(...)

Ireland rugby squad training in Newport, Wales. Coach Joe Schmidt believes game against France will be decided on tiniest of margins. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

This is it then. The World Cup has finally arrived for Ireland and France. From now on, things become altogether more serious. For the winners, a seve(...)

Jared Payne will not  face France on Sunday. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The French would have been mid-session this afternoon when word filtered through that Keith Earls will be wearing number 13 for Ireland on Sunday at t(...)

Jared Payne: Joe Schmidt stated Sunday night he expects to choose his team from a fully available 31-man squad. Photograph: Inpho

Jared Payne will take part in a walk through with the Irish squad on Tuesday, and is expected to take part in a full session on Wednesday meaning h(...)

Jonathan Sexton says the French are not interested in winning the Six Nations. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

A decision on Jared Payne’s fitness is expected to come out of Ireland’s new residence, Celtic Manor outside Newport, by lunch time Tuesday. The 29-ye(...)

Jack McGrath and Cian Healy have traded places – largely due to the latter’s injury profile and McGrath starts against Italy. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

There is always some tinkering, and it always seems to make sense. Besides the evolution of the new centre partnership, ironically blocked at t(...)

Robbie Henshaw is in line to make his World Cup debut in the Pool D game against Italy on Sunday. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Akin to other head coaches who have a clear selection strategy in this World Cup, although not all, Joe Schmidt is expected to largely revert to th(...)

Luke Fitzgerald: “I find it pretty hard to say that I’m lucky to be here ... I’ve worked very hard.” Photograph: Inpho/Dan Sheridan

There’s Luke Fitzgerald then and there’s Luke Fitzgerald now. The pre-seasons and seasons have changed him. The tough selections have changed him. Inj(...)

Jared Payne is an injury doubt for the upcoming Italy game. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Jared Payne’s “bruised foot” kept him out of training today at Surrey Sports Park, making the 29-year-old Kiwi and Rob Kearney the only known doubts a(...)

South Africa’s young centre Jesse Kriel looks stunned after Japan’s Karne Hesketh scores the winning try during the Pool B match at Brighton. Photograph: Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images

Centre as an art form begins with defence. Not tackling, defending. Japan’s Ayumu Goromaru running through the Springbok defence unharmed was a rep(...)

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