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Ireland’s head coach Joe Schmidt and outhalf Jonathan Sexton take part in a training session at the Steelers Training Ground in Kobe this morning. Photograph: Getty Images

Ireland have made 11 changes in their starting XV to face Russia this Thursday in Kobe (kick-off 7.15pm local time/11.15am Irish time), with just four(...)

Ireland’s flanker Rhys Ruddock takes part in a training session at the Rugby World Cup. Photo: Adrian Dennis/Getty Images

For the raft of players who will be making their first World Cup start against Russia on Thursday opportunity knocks, but with that comes an onus to r(...)

Ireland’s Conor Murray stands dejected after the Rugby World Cup Pool A loss to Japan. Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Rob Kearney Ireland broken by Japan. Stunned on 68 minutes, and subsequently failing the HIA, it forced Stockdale to fullback, Luke McGrath onto the (...)

Johnny Sexton during an Irish training session at Yumeria Sports Grounds in Iwata. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Joe Schmidt is confident that Johnny Sexton will be available to face Russia on October 3rd. Speaking to the media this morning, the Ireland coach exp(...)

 Referee Angus Gardner came under fire from both camps following the game between France and Argentina at  Tokyo Stadium  in Chofu, Japan. Photograph by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

The Offload asked World Rugby’s chief of referees Alain Rolland if any conversations were held with head coaches about the pressure they put on offici(...)

Against Wales, the Irish defence was   rarely broken with Bundee Aki leading the way. Photograph: Charly Triballeau/AFP/Getty Images

Can Ireland cope in the tram tracks? In October 2015, I was in Cardiff for Ireland’s Rugby World Cup quarter-final game against Argentina and have two(...)

Rhys Ruddock was born in Dublin during his father Mike’s brief yet memorable Bective season.   Photograph: Charly Triballeau/AFP/Getty Images

There is probably some long-standing rule among writers, journalists, and other word-managers that says: “When you start stealing from your own work, (...)

Ireland’s Bundee Aki in training in Tokyo. The centre has started 20 of the team’s last 24 matches. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Here we go again. Some of the Little Irelanders out there apparently still feel that Irish-born players should be preferred to those, such as Bundee A(...)

Ireland’s Rory Best  against  Wales at the Aviva Stadium on September 7th. Photograph:Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Last Saturday’s story centres on lineout management and spatial awareness feeding into the question – where are Ireland on their World Cup preparation(...)

Ireland’s Rory Best leaves the field to a thunderous ovation after the game against Wales in the Aviva Stadium on Saturday. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ireland 19 Wales 10 On the proviso that Keith Earls’s quadricep injury is as insignificant as initially presumed – and hence, miracle of miracles, no(...)

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