Rhys Ruddock

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Johnny Sexton starts at outhalf for Ireland this weekend. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Pivotal Irish halfback duo Johnny Sexton and Conor Murray are back together to face Wales on Saturday. Joe Schmidt’s final match as Ireland coach at t(...)

James Ryan and Andrew Porter: featured against Japan during Ireland’s  summer tour of 2017. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Maintaining his belief that there is a good balance in Ireland’s 31-man World Cup, Joe Schmidt had said changing shifts in the game and the contrast i(...)

Ireland fullback Will Addison looked as if he could offer the team something different in the match against Wales. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images

Amid all the many balancing acts that the Ireland coaches would have considered in their deliberations on Sunday, seemingly high among them was physic(...)

Jean Kleyn got the nod ahead of Devin Toner as a specialist tighthead secondrow. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Joe Schmidt’s reasoning for Devin Toner’s exclusion from Ireland’s 31-man World Cup squad is based primarily on scrum power and a belief that Iain Hen(...)

Devin Toner has been left out of Ireland’s Rugby World Cup squad. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The IRFU have formally confirmed the 31-man squad they have submitted to World Rugby for the World Cup in Japan and, as reported, Devin Toner is one o(...)

James Ryan during an Ireland squad session at Carton House. The Leinster man returns to the Ireland starting XV for the visit to Wales. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Another warm-up friendly and another World Cup trial, the last before Joe Schmidt and his assistant coaches finalise their 31-man squad for Japan on S(...)

Joey Carbery   receives medical attention prior to being taken off during the Guinness Summer Series match between Ireland and Italy at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday. Photograph:  Dan Mullan/Getty Images

Ireland 29 Italy 10 In what represented something of a trial for a host of players, ironically it was the performance and premature departure of one (...)

  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 (...)

Joey Carbery  is taken off the field injured during the Guinness Summer Series match between Ireland and Italy at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday. Photograph: Dan Mullan/Getty Images

Certitude: the best-laid plans will be ripped asunder as the 2019 World Cup becomes an event based on durability rather than ability. Who can smile t(...)

 Ireland’s Joey Carbery is helped from the pitch after sustaining an injury. Photograph: Russell Cheyne/Reuters

Ireland 29 Italy 10 Ireland duly negotiated their first of four World Cup warm-up games, but this ninth successive win over the Azzurri was not witho(...)

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