Training at House of Pain

“Italy have pulled out some famous victories in the last few years. Hopefully on Sunday it won’t be our turn to be on the wrong end of a result,” said Keith Earls in an interview today as the Irishmen gear up for the match against Italy in Sunday’s Rugby World Cup match. This afternoon, Ireland… Read more »

Fly-half dilemmas for the home nations

When it comes to the biggest tournament in World Rugby do you put your trust in an experienced fly-half or gamble on the boldness of youth? That is the dilemma facing all four home nations with a potential knockout contest in their final group matches this weekend. England must choose between Jonny Wilkinson and Toby… Read more »

Kearney banking on Heineken Cup experience in knockout stages

Fullback Rob Kearney believes the experience gained from Heineken Cup campaigns have left Ireland well equipped to deal with the pressures of knockout rugby at the World Cup. Irish provinces Munster, Leinster and Ulster have been in the thick of the action for years in Europe’s premier club competition, not only winning four of the… Read more »

Andrew Trimble desperate to reclaim first-team place

Having starred in a losing Irish side throughout last month’s warm-up Tests for the World Cup, Ulster star Andrew Trimble hopes that a strong performance in Sunday’s 62-12 victory over Russia has underlined his claim to a regular first team place. The 26 year old was far from happy at being overlooked for the tournament… Read more »