Padraic Halpin Ireland secured their place in the Rugby World Cup quarter-finals on Sunday but were far from convincing in their first real test of the competition, squeezing past Italy 16-9 to move on to a group decider against France.
Tom Cary Ireland have named the oldest starting XV in World Cup history.
Padraic Halpin Wales hung on to beat Ireland 16-10 in an intense World Cup warm-up game.
Padraic Halpin Ireland were far from their best but came from behind three times in a thrilling second half to edge out impressive Scotland 28-22 in a World Cup warm-up.
Ireland stalwart Paul O'Connell, England prop Matt Stevens and South Africa back-rower Duane Vermeulen have all signed for European champions Toulon.
Ireland prop Jack McGrath may face a suspension that could ruin his World Cup hopes after kneeing Konstantin Mikautadze in the back during Ireland's 22-21 defeat against the Barbarians on Thursday.
Ian Madigan kicked Leinster to a gripping 18-15 win over Bath and Clermont Auvergne dismantled Northampton 37-5 in wildly contrasting European Champions Cup quarter-finals on Saturday.
unknown Joe Schmidt's team use their licence to attack to show doubters they can win with flourish, writes Oliver Brown
Alasdair Reid Ireland played like the World Cup contenders they are.
James Corrigan Win over Ireland gives inspired Wales a shot at the Six Nations title heading into the final round.
Ireland take a major step towards retaining their Six Nations title with a pulsating win in Dublin.
Pirate Irwin Fly-half Jonathan Sexton produced a man of the match performance on his return after a 12 week absence to inspire defending Six Nations champions Ireland to an 18-11 victory over France at Lansdowne Road on Saturday.
Ian Keatley converted four penalties on his Six Nations debut to set holders Ireland on the way to a dour 26-3 win over an uninspiring Italy on Saturday.
Oliver Brown An erratic team once excessively reliant upon Brian O'Driscoll's magic, Joe Schmidt has transformed Ireland into a force and a genuine threat at this year's Rugby World Cup.
Ireland will bid to host the 2023 rugby World Cup, the Irish and Northern Irish governments said on Friday, formally launching a politically symbolic proposal to win the right to hold the event on their own for the first time.