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# Machine
Iain Henderson steamrolled four Welsh defenders to draw Ireland level
The Ulster man isn’t doing his chances of a World Cup starting berth any harm at all.
# growth mindset
'Have we hit our best? I don’t think we have' - Ireland's Sexton looks for more
The out-half wants his team to continue the attacking verve they showed in the Six Nations win over Scotland.
# Concussion
Teams who breach RWC concussion protocols 'unlikely' to be disqualified
But World Rugby have sanctions they’ll use on teams who rush players back, he says.
World Rugby's residency rule is set to come under review - 'We just need to take stock'
A consultation is taking place with the unions.
# RWC 2015
Anthony Watson scores brilliant brace as England beat France in first warm-up
It was a good start for Stuart Lancaster’s men.
Ireland v Scotland, Rugby World Cup warm-up
The Scots were in Dublin for the second World Cup audition.
Wales v Ireland, Rugby World Cup warm-up
Could Ireland get their World Cup preparation off to a winning start? We had live updates of all of the action in Cardiff.
Jonny Wilkinson quashes talk of England role
Jonny Wilkinson says he is “not involved in any way” with the England team following reports he is to take on a consultancy coaching role.
South Africa are now an official rival for Ireland in 2023 World Cup bid
The SARU are hoping persistence pays off as they enter the bidding for the fourth straight tournament.
# conflicted
'I felt like a complete fraud' - Being a World Cup hero was tough for Jonny Wilkinson
The former out-half spoke to us about injuries, THAT drop goal and whether he should have left Newcastle sooner.
# Inside track
Ex-Cork player part of USA coaching team for Women's RWC game against Ireland
USA play Ireland tomorrow in Paris and a Cork man is involved with their coaching setup.
# 2023
Cabinet approves plans to progress support for Irish bid to host Rugby World Cup
Some estimates claim that Ireland could benefit economically to the tune of €800 million if it hosts the Rugby World Cup in 2023.
Motion carried: GAA Congress approves use of grounds for Rugby World Cup bid
Motion three at the second day of Congress was passed with 93% of votes in favour.
# Exploitation
Fiji's Josh Matavesi: Racing Metro paid me to skip World Cup
Munster coach Simon Mannix also revealed that “a cheque” was handed over to Fijians who turned down international call-ups.
# Click
The Snapper: When Danny Boy was the Irish national anthem at the Rugby World Cup
Photographer Billy Stickland has followed the brightest and best in the world of sport for the past four decades and has some great stories to tell.
# Breakdown
3 ways Ireland can be more competitive against New Zealand on Saturday
What else would you want to after a comprehensive defeat to the world champions, than play them again on their own turf seven days later?
# Obvious
Harinordoquy: 'I felt [Lièvremont] was lost'
The back row dynamo has come out swinging against France’s maverick coach in his first major interview since the Rugby World Cup.
# In camp
Shane Jennings' World Cup diary: week three
“The lads are really focused and everyone realises of course that’s it’s, put simply, do or die,” writes the Leinster man from Dunedin.
# On The Road
The Happy Camper: head west, young man
“It feels so long ago since the dizzy highs we experienced in Auckland, but you can always rely on the Irish to make you feel part of a group, at kick off 20 people have drifted in.”
# RWC2011
Shane Jennings' World Cup diary: week one
“It’s an unbelievable disappointment. I would love to play – but these things happen and you just have to get on with it. That’s the reality.”
# Strapped in
The Happy Camper: we're on the road again...
Our heroes have reached Auckland and taken delivery of their home-on-wheels. But there’s already been an unfortunate accident on a roundabout.
# Developing story
In pictures: Ireland start their World Cup campaign
Declan Kidney’s men got up and running in New Plymouth earlier. Here’s how it looked.
# 9/11
Ceremonies in memory of 9/11 get underway
A multi-faith ceremony will take place in Dublin this morning, while memorials have already taken place in Australia, Malaysia, Japan and at the Rugby World Cup in New Zealand…
# Drive On
Meet the Happy Camper: our man on the road in New Zealand
We’re sending one Irish rugby fan off to New Zealand with the keys to a van, a road map and a broadband dongle. He’ll send updates from the road throughout the tournament.
# RWC2011
In pictures: Irish players hit the weightroom
Jet-lag? What jet-lag? Declan Kidney’s men have wasted no time in settling into their training regime ahead of next week’s big kick-off.
# Driving Seat
Ever wonder what the Irish players get up to during their down-time?
“Don’t worry about the trees” – who gave Donncha the keys to Johnny Sexton’s new ride?
# RWC2011
Ireland ring the changes for Bordeaux trip
Leo Cullen will again skipper the side against France this Saturday night.
# Early Doors
The Morning Score: Wednesday
The morning after the night before for Shamrock Rovers – and everything else you need to know.
# Travel plans
Excess baggage: Which stars won't be on the plane to the Rugby World Cup?
The countdown is on to the rugby’s showpiece event in New Zealand. But which players need not worry about finding the passport?
Trimble and Wallace to miss Ulster's Magners League run-in
Medics say Irish internationals should be fit well in advance of World Cup warm-up games.
# Wedding Bells
Tindall chooses rugby over royal honeymoon
The England centre has declared himself available for a World Cup warm-up match just days after his wedding.
# Damaged
Christchurch pulled as Rugby World Cup venue
Repairs to the damaged stadium may not be completed in time for the start of the tournament in September.