Room for optimism: Conor Murray crashes over on an encouraging afternoon for Ireland

Ireland v Wales – Five Things we learnt

By Whiff of Cordite Ireland managed a draw in their opening match against Wales, and with the dust settling on the performance and result, the feeling is one of the…

Wembley Stadium

Ireland 44-10 Romania: Five Things we learnt

By Whiff of Cordite While the World Cup ‘went off’ around them, Ireland quietly went about their business against Romania – bonus point secured, no major injury concerns and some…

Ireland team

Five things we learnt: Ireland v Canada

By Whiff of Cordite Ireland opened their World Cup 2015 campaign with a comprehensive and sparky hit out over Canada. Ireland were never expected to lose the game, but then…

Joe Schmidt

Why Ireland have no reason to panic

By Mark Coughlan It’s been a World Cup countdown of mixed emotions for Ireland fans. While England headed for Denver, Wales travelled to Qatar and their beloved Poland, and the…

Paul O'Connell will Captain Ireland

Ireland’s 2015 Rugby World Cup squad

The squad has 14 players with World Cup experience and many of those without were involved with Ireland’s Six Nations victories in 2014 and 15. Over half the squad named today…

That's entertainment: Missed tackles made for an exciting few moments in the Six Nations

Five things we learnt in world rugby in March

Rugby needs to embrace missed tackles March proved that missed tackles are good for world rugby. This may seem like an odd thing to say, but elite rugby needs to…