Devin Toner

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Simon Zebo  gets away from Romania’s Viorel Lucaci during Ireland’s 44-10 win in their Rugby World Cup pool match at Wembley. Photo: David Davies/ PA

Wingers are the tallymen of rugby. It’s all about the figures. Tommy Bowe crossed for his 29th and 30th tries for his country and he’ll have enjoyed b(...)

Cian Healy and Paul O’Connell taking part in   Ireland’s squad training session at  St George’s Park, Burton-upon-Trent. Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

It’s Wembley. The forecast is set fair. The attendance is set to nudge the World Cup record of 89,019 set at the same venue last Sunday for the New(...)

Ireland’s Jared Payne, Luke Fitzgerald, Jonathan Sexton, Rob Kearney, Paul O’Connell, Simon Zebo and Tommy Bowe enjoying their rest day at Alton Towers, Staffordshire. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

True to his word that they would seek to use all 31 players over the course of Ireland’s first two World Cup games, Joe Schmidt is set to make multipl(...)

Cian Healy is set to start for Ireland against Romania at Wembley on Sunday. Photograph: Inpho

Cian Healy is expected to start for Ireland against Romania on Sunday at Wembley stadium. The 28 year old, who surpassed fellow loosehead prop Nick P(...)

Canada’s flanker John Moonlight: “Ill met by Moonlight,” Barnes cracked. The guffaws from Conor McNamara and Liam Toland in the commentary box told us it was funny. So did Google, once we’d established that Barnes was referencing a 1950s Dirk Bogarde war movie from a non-fiction book by W Stanley Moss. You get a different level of badinage with the rugby lads.

Saturday lunchtime and the rugby World Cup is happening, people. Settle down at the back and start concentrating. And here’s news for you - if you (...)

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(...)

Simon Easterby: ‘The defence has to be watertight. That has been a real focus.’ Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

True to the Joe Schmidt script, Simon Easterby is not one to look beyond the next match. Nor is he inclined to look back on the World Cup campaign of (...)

Ireland’s Dave Kearney is tackled by England’s George Ford as Paul O’Connell and Devin Toner close in during Saturday’s international at Twickenham. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Ireland retreated from Twickenham beaten, but not bowed and not too damaged either physically or mentally. This wasn’t a good final dress rehearsal, (...)

England winger Jonny May celebrates scoring their first try during the World Cup warm-up  at Twickenham. Photograph: Clive Rose/Getty Images

One of a few positives coming out of Twickenham is the scoreboard. Only losing 21-13 to a rampant English team – with a powerful pack and dazzling win(...)

Ireland winger Dave Kearney catches a high ball under pressure from England’s  Anthony Watson during the World Cup warm-up at Twickenham. Photograph: Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images

15 Simon Zebo Some nice left-footed clearances, he made 41 metres in attack without threatening, but was caught out a couple of times defensive(...)

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