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Irish centre Darren Cave is tackled during last Saturday’s 2015 Rugby World Cup warm-up match against Wales at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Darren Cave’s prospects of making Ireland’s 31-man squad were enhanced last season by him reinventing himself as an inside centre. Given he can als(...)

Tommy O’Donnell has been ruled out of the World Cup after dislocating his hip in Ireland’s warm-up win over Wales. Photograph: Inpho

The desperately unfortunate Tommy O’Donnell faces a long road back to the game and an uncertain future after an IRFU statement on Monday confirmed the(...)

Jamie Heaslip of Ireland charges upfield during the International match between Wales and Ireland at the Millennium Stadium. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

So Pool D runners-up will be playing New Zealand on 17th October. Ahhh. But Pool D winners will have the reward of Argentina a day later. Neither Irel(...)

Keith Earls breaks with the ball to score an Ireland try during the international match against Wales at the Millennium Stadium on Saturday. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images.

Wales 21 Ireland 35 The slickness of this performance was testimony to the coaching skills of Joe Schmidt and his staff, and the trademark(...)

2015 Rugby World Cup Warm-Up Match, Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, Wales vs Ireland. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

BBC Wales earned the ubiquitous 15-minutes of fame, certainly in an Irish context, as the rugby or sporting diaspora tuned into the complexity of unsc(...)

Simon Zebo is congratulated by three other Ireland try scorers, Jamie Heaslip, Felix Jones and Keith Earls after his score against Wales at the Millennium Stadium. Photograph: PA

Wales 21 Ireland 35 The final scoreline, if anything, flattered Wales. Ireland were way more cohesive than a Welsh team cobbled together from World Cu(...)

Ireland captain Jamie Heaslip in relaxed mood with head coach Joe Schmidt during the captain’s run at the Millennium Stadium. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images

As Jamie Heaslip noted, time was when players re-introduced themselves to the game with a modest pre-season friendly for their provinces, maybe a leag(...)

Ireland defensive coach Les Kiss speaks to the media ahead of Ireland’s opening Rugby World Cup warm-up match with Wales tomorrow. Photo: Dan Sheridan /INPHO

Les Kiss has warned Ireland’s fringe stars not to hijack their own chances of World Cup selection against Wales in Cardiff. Defence coach Kiss has cha(...)

Ireland’s Rugby World Cup warm-up match against wales will be broadcast exclusively live on BBC One Wales. Photo: Paul Ellis/Getty Images

Ireland’s opening Rugby World Cup warm-up match against Wales in Cardiff tomorrow is to be broadcast excusively live on BBC One Wales, meaning it is n(...)

Wales assistand coach Shan Edwards has said Saturday’s World Cup warm-up fixture against Ireland is a trip into the unknown. Photograph: Getty

Shaun Edwards admits Wales’ opening World Cup warm-up game against Ireland has an element of journeying into the unknown. After two months of training(...)

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