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Luke Fitzgerald was impressive for Ireland at 12 against Canada. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

What a start. Twickenham was bursting at the seams on Friday night. Standing pitchside, the Fijians swarmed around taking pictures of the crowd, engag(...)

Luke Fitzgerald challenges for a high ball with Matt Evans during Ireland’s opening World Cup match against Canada. Photograph: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

The odds on Ireland winning Pool D shortened from 4/6 to 4/7 in the aftermath of beating Canada, and while that may seem a little premature, it tak(...)

Keith Earls hold on to possession for Ireland against Canada during the opening World Cup Pool D match at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, on Saturday afternoon. Photograph: Mike Egerton/PA.

Tougher tests await for sure, but the sight of so many Irish players looking in prime nick was encouraging. It was particularly heartening to behold t(...)

 Ireland outhalf Johnny  Sexton offloads to  Luke Fitzgerald during the Pool D game against Canada at the Millennium Stadium. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Robbie Henshaw’s hamstring strain is expected to recover ahead of next Sunday’s second Pool D game against Romania at Wembley. Henshaw was ruled out o(...)

Jared Payne’s ability to make the right decision makes him such a vital part of Ireland under Joe Schmidt. Photograph:  Michael Steele/Getty Images

It wasn’t perfect but it was entertaining and there was much to admire in the content of Ireland’s performance across various facets of the game in a (...)

Ireland hooker  Rory Best gets tackled by Canada’s Djustice Sears-Duru  during Rugby World Cup Pool D game at Millennium Stadium in Cardiff. Photograph:  Mike Egerton/PA

Rob Kearney 7 Primarily a goalkeeping fullback who rules aerial exchanges, so crucial if Ireland are to see Twickenham next month, but he ran for 121 (...)

Iain Henderson, supported by Luke Fitzgerald, run at the Canadian defence during the  Rugby World Cup Group D encounter at the Milennium Stadium in Cardiff. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Joe Schmidt caught everyone at unawares with this team selection for Canada. Despite, seemingly, bringing inside centre cover to the World Cup in the (...)

To heap the nation’s hopes and dreams at at feet of Ireland coach Joe Schmidt is wrong. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images

‘A tournament match (or tie or fixture ) may involve multiple game-matches (or rubbers or legs) between competitors.” The origins of the word ‘tournam(...)

Luke Fitzgerald is set to start alongside Jared Payne in Ireland’s midfield for the opening World Cup game against Canada. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

The severity of Robbie Henshaw’s injury should become apparent at Thursday’s team announcement but the Connacht centre has not made Joe Schmidt’s open(...)

 Rob Kearney scores against the All Blacks: “It’s very hard to find a weakness but they are beatable. Ireland players know this now.” Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

So the million dollar question: should Ireland coach an offloading policy at this World Cup? I don’t think you can. You are either intuitively good(...)

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