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Two of Ireland stalwarts promise that this time will be different.
We had to make some very hard calls.
Rob Kearney tells us about the slagging Ian Madigan took and the beaming smile of Paul O’Connell when they returned to the dressing room.
The Munster captain picked up a knee injury against France yesterday.
And you can use this piece as your checklist.
Ireland will proceed in the World Cup without the captain, but with the excellent partnership of Henderson and Toner.
All work and no play, and all that…
Sunday 11 October, 2015
The Fear of God just about does him justice.
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Just the nine tries for Daniel Hourcade’s men as they take their seat in the quarter-final
The Pool D decider is the biggest game of the World Cup weekend.
Saturday 10 October, 2015
The form of the last four years is no concern for captain Thierry Dusautoir.
With a little help from his friends.
Injury to the Ulster man made for a funereal atmosphere immediately after today’s Captain’s Run in Cardiff.
The retired blindside could be among the Ireland ranks under different circumstances this weekend, and he knows the hurt they carry into this World Cup.
Friday 9 October, 2015
The out-half is used to being targeted by big carriers and even more accustomed to criticism about his on-filed mood.
Attention was divided between the international football in Belfast and Dublin last night, but the all-Ireland team are still pulling in the one direction.
The blindside will be the key component of Ireland’s breakdown strategy against France.
Spoiler: It ain’t easy.
All work and no play, and all that…
Keith Earls has a man mountain of a task ahead of him.
Thursday 8 October, 2015
What’s better than a cultural challenge? TWO cultural challenges!
‘You can’t just settle for being good, you have to be great’: Cheika demands top spot from Wallabies
Second place won’t be good enough, even in pool A, for the Wallaby coach.
Wednesday 7 October, 2015
Jamie Heaslip and David Wallace will be joining the Munster star in attempting to travel from Aviva Stadium to Thomond Park while in a wheelchair.
Jason Leonard’s haul of 22 Rugby World Cup appearances won’t be overtaken this year.
‘Blue movies? It’s not 1987!’ POC, Sexton and Henshaw chat Rala, snoring and the vicious slagging that goes on in camp
Bagsy the room with Mike Ross!
Tuesday 6 October, 2015
A win over France would make this a whole lot less complicated.
Sunday’s unimpressive win over Italy was among the worst days under the Kiwi coach, but the four points are in the bag and destiny is in Ireland’s hands.
And not a Sam Burgess in sight.
The Six Nations champions have named a 33-strong squad and will host an open training session this weekend.
Seriously, can some inventor get on this already?
It’s game week and we’re pretty sure which France is going to turn up: World Cup France.
Monday 5 October, 2015
Who will Iain Henderson man-handle next week? Tune in to find out.
The former Dolphin man starts at openside with head coach Mike Tolkin keeping one eye on their pool finale against Japan.
Speak softly and carry a big stick.
The former fullback moves into Leo Cullen’s set up after three years as Academy manager.
Look at the wee man go.
The English fullback was part of a ruck as Hooper arrived in at speed.
A great bunch of lads.
Sunday 4 October, 2015
Are we absolutely sure this is the team we want Ireland to meet in the quarter-finals.
There weren’t many other highlights from Ireland’s win over the Azzurri.