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#World Cup warm-up

# world-cup-warm-up - Thursday 29 August, 2019

Carty earns first Ireland start in Schmidt's much-changed team for Wales

Opportunity knocks one final time for a host of players bidding to get into Schmidt’s 31-man World Cup squad.

# world-cup-warm-up - Saturday 24 August, 2019

How we rated Ireland as Schmidt's men are thrashed at Twickenham

That was difficult to watch.

# world-cup-warm-up - Friday 1 June, 2018

Deschamps defends Pogba as fans whistle star during impressive win over Italy

The Manchester United man was out-shone by Les Bleus’ brilliant front three of Mbappe, Griezmann and Dembele.

# world-cup-warm-up - Monday 28 May, 2018

Ireland fit the right 'profile' for France and the talking points ahead of tonight's friendly

The Boys in Green are in Paris to face Didier Deschamps’ men this evening.

# world-cup-warm-up - Tuesday 8 September, 2015

Analysis: Ireland control the English scrum but backrow risking silly penalties

Ireland’s flankers playing a risky game by attacking the front row.

# world-cup-warm-up - Sunday 6 September, 2015

Fiji produced some more offload magic in their hammering of Canada today

They hammered Ireland’s World Cup opponents.

# world-cup-warm-up - Saturday 5 September, 2015

Ireland's defence has been very, very suspect against England so far

Bowe and Zebo won’t be too happy with their performance so far.

# world-cup-warm-up - Tuesday 1 September, 2015

England have named a frighteningly good team to play Ireland on Saturday

England not holding back with their team to face Ireland.

# world-cup-warm-up - Saturday 29 August, 2015

'It's something the players will be very alien to' - Last chance for Welsh outsiders

Neil Jenkins says that there are “numerous” places up for grabs in the Welsh squad.

'It's going to be pretty emotional' - Wales out to spoil O'Connell's farewell

Neil Jenkins says he’ll be glad to see the back of O’Connell wearing green.

# world-cup-warm-up - Thursday 27 August, 2015

Wales bringing the big guns to Dublin as George North returns to rugby

North is one of 12 changes to the side the Ireland beat three weeks ago.

# world-cup-warm-up - Saturday 15 August, 2015

Schmidt: 'It was a genuine test and we showed a bit of rustiness'

The Ireland head coach reflected on a hard-fought World Cup warm-up win against Scotland today.

# world-cup-warm-up - Thursday 13 August, 2015

Jack Conan handed Ireland debut as Madigan takes over in 10 shirt

The Leinster man starts at blindside in Dublin against the Scots.

# world-cup-warm-up - Wednesday 12 August, 2015

Meyer defends racist allegations and takes hatchet to team for Argentina rematch

“I don’t look at colour, I look at the best players.”

# world-cup-warm-up - Tuesday 11 August, 2015

Analysis: Ireland perfect the 8-man shove in Welsh scrum demolition

Jamie Heaslip proved how important the number 8 can be to defensive scrums.

# world-cup-warm-up - Monday 10 August, 2015

Captain O'Connell set to be unleashed as Ireland turn to Scotland Test

A number of Joe Schmidt’s squad players impressed during the win over Wales in Cardiff.

# world-cup-warm-up - Saturday 8 August, 2015

Heaslip not getting carried away with Ireland's comprehensive win over Wales

The Irish captain was content with a ‘good, solid’ performance in Cardiff.

Andrew Trimble's absolutely massive hit sets up Ireland try for Keith Earls

The Ulster wing had a superb performance before he went off injured.

# world-cup-warm-up - Tuesday 27 May, 2014

Lukaku bagged a hat-trick and Januzaj made his Belgium debut last night

Preparations look to be going according to plan ahead of next month’s World Cup.

# world-cup-warm-up - Thursday 4 August, 2011

Cullen handed Ireland captaincy as preparation for NZ gets under way

Declan Kidney has named Leinster’s Leo Cullen as captain as Ireland prepare to take on Scotland this Saturday.