Best of the Weekend: Ireland win in Cardiff


If a heavy defeat at Twickenham last week had totally derailed Ireland's Rugby World Cup bid, according to some people, what does victory in Cardiff mean? Frankly I think it means that these World Cup games are relatively meaningless in terms of predicting what will happen in the tournament. Take

Rugby World Cup 2019 Contenders: Ireland

Tadhg Furlong

Twelve months out from the start of the 2019 Rugby World Cup, Ireland appeared the likeliest side to dethrone New Zealand. They had power and precision, confidence and know-how, steel and guts. Fast forward to present day and the chances of the boys in green leaving Japan with the Webb Ellis

RWC 2019 Warm-up III: Ireland Team to Play England

Conor Murray

Ross Byrne makes his first start at fly-half in Ireland's team to play England. IRELAND Team: (Player/Club/Province/Caps) 15. Rob Kearney (UCD/Leinster) 90 14. Jordan Larmour (St. Mary’s College/Leinster) 14 13. Garry Ringrose (UCD/Leinster) 21 12. Bundee Aki (Galwegians/Connacht) 17 11. Jacob Stockdale (Lurgan/Ulster) 19 10. Ross Byrne (UCD/Leinster) 2 9. Conor Murray (Garryowen/Munster) 72 1. Cian Healy (Clontarf/Leinster) 89 2.

Rugby World Cup 2019 Contenders: Wales

Dan Biggar

Wales are the favourites to win the 2019 Rugby World Cup. Well, that’s what Eddie Jones has claimed, anyway. Warren Gatland’s recruits are currently ranked as the best side on the planet, however, so suggestions that they should be lifting the Webb Ellis trophy come November are hardly ludicrous. One thing