Tweets from the turf: How Ireland fared against Wales

Follow regular updates from Ireland’s final Rugby World Cup warm-up game on home soil. It promises to be an emotional day for Paul O’Connell who makes his final appearance in the green of Ireland at the Aviva.

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Poll: Ireland V Wales – Who will win?

Ireland’s final Rugby World Cup warm-up game on home soil takes place this afternoon against Wales.

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PICS: Paulie ahead of last home game: ‘Seems to be a lot of final everythings for me lately!’

“To play in the Aviva and in Lansdowne Road as many times as I have, and had as many great days as I have, has been brilliant.”

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WATCH: Dave Kearney keen to make his mark; admits nerves about Sunday’s squad decision

“One of the lads joked about turning the phone off for the day and just showing up at Carton House the next morning,” he laughed.

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WATCH: Schmidt talks squad positions and tough decisions

The New Zealander says telling players who have trained so well that they haven’t made the squad is the hardest part of his job.

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VIDEO: Schmidt to tinker with squad for Wales clash

Ireland coach Joe Schmidt will use Saturday’s warm-up clash with Wales as a last chance to tinker with his World Cup squad.

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WATCH: Joe Schmidt has good news for Irish fans on Healy-watch

Looks like the big man from Clontarf is going to make the World Cup squad.

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Fitzgerald named at centre as Ireland field strong side for Wales clash

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt has named a strong side to start against Wales in the Aviva Stadium on Saturday.

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Cipriani mounted a late challenge for inclusion in the 31-man party that will be announced on Thursday lunchtime, but has found his path blocked at fly-half and full-back.

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WATCH: Jonah Lomu appears out of a vending machine in Dublin

Why does nothing this cool ever happen in our local.

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VIDEO: Munster’s Johne Murphy announces rugby retirement

The former Pro12 and English Premiership winner calls time on his ten year playing career.

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Ireland to give Healy as much time as possible to prove World Cup fitness

Defence coach Kiss believes “each hour matters” for loosehead prop Healy as he fights to beat his neck injury ahead of Ireland naming their 31-man World Cup squad.

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Michalak gets nod over Trinh-Duc

France have omitted fly-half Francois Trinh-Duc from their World Cup squad in favour of Frederic Michalak.

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Alarm bells ring for England as they tumble to defeat in France

Stuart Lancaster admitted England were comprehensively beaten in a 25-20 defeat to France that has set alarm bells ringing just one match before the World Cup begins.

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Ireland confident going into Women’s Sevens Dublin tournament

Wexford’s Katie Fitzhenry is confident that Ireland can progress from their group at this weekend’s global women’s rugby sevens tournament in UCD.

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Australia announce Rugby World Cup squad

Australia flanker Michael Hooper will share the vice-captain’s armband with Adam Ashley-Cooper as he makes his first appearance at a Rugby World Cup.

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Feast of Se7ens rugby in Limerick this weekend

Thomond Park will play host to twelve teams and a feast of rugby this weekend.

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Leinster confirm McLaughlin as new club captain

“Kevin is a player who leads by example with little regard for his own body and he epitomises everything we want to see from a Leinster Rugby team going forward.”

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‘Get him’: Luckless shoplifter chased down by rugby stars

What are the chances?

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Ryan Jones forced to quit rugby because of injury

Former Wales captain Ryan Jones has announced his retirement from professional rugby with immediate effect.

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