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Dublin: 10 °C Wednesday 7 October, 2015


# ireland-rugby - Today’s News

‘We’re all in no doubt about what it means to everyone back home’

Eoin Reddan realises the significance of Sunday’s game with France.

‘Joe Schmidt’s Ireland will have analysed France to the smallest detail’

Lynne Cantwell explains what is actually involved in opposition analysis in rugby.

Ireland’s fully-fit squad means difficult selection meetings for France clash

Assistant coach Simon Easterby said Jared Payne trained fully this morning.

‘It was on the verge of insult. At times, Jonathan was really uncontrollable’

Sexton’s former Racing coach Laurent Labit didn’t appreciate the out-half’s crankier habits.


# ireland-rugby - Yesterday’s News

Analysis: SOB’s lack of reward and the rest of Ireland’s rucks against Italy

We’ve taken a look at every single ruck Ireland were involved in against the Italians last weekend.

‘My background does come into my style of play’ – Zebo hopeful of facing France

The Munster man has been at fullback for Ireland on his last four starts.

The latest injury update on Ireland’s foot Payne is a promising one

The outside centre is set to take part in Ireland’s training session on the pitch in Newport tomorrow.

‘We know that Joe’s game plans are going to work’ – Ireland firm in belief

Ian Madigan is excited for Ireland to unleash some of the plays they have been holding back.


‘I think it’s really started now’ – O’Brien says Ireland are into World Cup mode

Ireland’s openside flanker was happy with the defensive effort against Italy.

# ireland-rugby - Monday 5 October, 2015

Analysis: Inaccurate Ireland’s game plan struggles to break down Italy

We take an in-depth look at Ireland’s shortcoming against the Italians yesterday.

Letter from London: Ireland’s fans gleefully hail England’s chariot halting

Murray Kinsella reports from the English capital as Ireland set off for Cardiff.

Sexton feels Ireland need best performance of Schmidt era to beat France

The out-half recognises that Ireland won ugly against Italy in London yesterday.


Ireland hopeful over Payne with outside centre wearing moon boot

The 29-year-old has been jogging but is still in a protective boot.

‘Let’s learn the lessons from this and make sure we’re better next week’

Ireland can learn plenty from their talismanic captain.

Henshaw looking forward to the physical aspect of facing France

The 22-year-old centre was impressive on his tournament debut.

# ireland-rugby - Sunday 4 October, 2015

Schmidt: ‘I think maybe we got lulled into a false sense of security’

The Ireland head coach felt his side lacked the same intensity that Italy brought.

Ireland struggle, Italy excite and more talking points from Olympic Park

Joe Schmidt’s men made too many errors and struggled with the Italian intensity.

O’Connell’s Ireland set to earn World Cup quarter-final with win over Italy

Joe Schmidt’s side have moved into knock-out mode despite having two pool games left.

# ireland-rugby - Saturday 3 October, 2015

Sergio Parisse isn’t too confident about his fitness before facing Ireland

The Italy captain says he won’t be able to perform to his usual standards.

Letter from London: Schmidt’s men return to the big city lights for Italian test

After a quiet week of hard work in Guildford, Ireland headed back into the English capital yesterday afternoon.

Murray hoping Zebo and Earls can emulate Usain Bolt at Olympic Park

‘I don’t think players are afraid to say that if we go well then we’ve got a good chance of winning.’

Watching the All Blacks struggle last night made POC feel better about 2007

The Ireland squad have been watching more rugby than ever in what is a superb World Cup.

Schmidt: Henshaw will take a little time to find his feet at the World Cup

Schmidt says it’s not ideal that Jared Payne is injured this weekend.

# ireland-rugby - Friday 2 October, 2015

Italy’s rucking players would be best advised to watch out for Hendo

The 23-year-old lock shows a constant appetite for counter-rucking.

‘Defensively he’s been very, very sound for us’ – Schmidt on Keith Earls

The Munster man takes over in the 13 shirt for Sunday’s game against Italy.

Schmidt quietly confident as Ireland centre Payne ditches crutches

‘He’s able to walk around freely now on it and jog around,’ said of his first-choice 13.

Another shot for Bowe and more talking points from Ireland’s XV for Italy

Keith Earls and Robbie Henshaw partner up in the midfield, while Simon Zebo is retained at fullback.

Schmidt pairs Henshaw and Earls in midfield for World Cup clash with Italy

Simon Zebo is at fullback with Rob Kearney missing through injury.

‘It’s nice that some of the unseen work is now getting noticed’ – Ireland’s Best

Ireland hooker Rory Best sat down with The42 to chat lineout plays, defensive mauls and refereeing trends.

# ireland-rugby - Thursday 1 October, 2015

‘It’s not just about one or two decision makers, every player has to understand’

Lynne Cantwell explains how Ireland’s women’s team improved their effectiveness on the pitch.

# ireland-rugby - Wednesday 30 September, 2015

Ireland players rally around Zebo as Munster star returns after tough week

Zebo was given compassionate leave to attend his grandfather’s funeral, who he says was ‘like a father’ to him.

Analysis: What does Jared Payne do for Ireland?

The 29-year-old centre is a superb defender and underrated attacker.

‘There will be a step-up this weekend but we can build around our forward pack and set-piece’

Forwards coach Simon Easterby has overseen an immaculate Irish set-piece during the World Cup so far.

Keith Earls on not ‘trying to be like other players,’ preparing for Italy and rooming with Paulie

The in-form winger is in a good place at the moment.

# ireland-rugby - Tuesday 29 September, 2015

We’ll Leave it There So: Mayo football ‘in crisis,’ GAA club loses thousands and all today’s sport

Meanwhile, there was good news for Keith Earls and Rob Kearney today.

Tommy Bowe defends Ulster team-mate Jared Payne after scathing criticism

Matt Williams was heavily critical of the Ulster centre following Sunday’s win over Romania.

# ireland-rugby - Monday 28 September, 2015

World Cup ‘starts in earnest now’ for Schmidt’s Ireland after dominating minnows

The Kiwi head coach feels the play-off nature of the tournament is not far away.

‘I think I bounced back well’ – Bowe puts England disappointment behind him

The 31-year-old scored twice in Ireland’s big win over Romania at Wembley.

Ireland’s Kearney in doubt for Italy clash as he gets set for glute scan

Robbie Henshaw will be back in full training this week and is available for the weekend.

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