When Ireland complete their last-minute preparations before opening their World Cup bid against Canada in Cardiff, Siobhan Kearney will light a candle.
Ireland opened their World Cup warm-up campaign in style with a comprehensive defeat of Wales in Cardiff today but the five-try victory came at a cost as both Tommy O'Donnell and Andrew Trimble sustained injuries.
"We’re just hoping the picture gets clearer as we get closer so that we can make a decision that would see him fully fit at least to start the tournament."
Donnacha Ryan and Keith Earls will both end 29 months without Test rugby when they start Ireland’s World Cup warm-up clash against Wales in Cardiff.
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Joe Schmidt has selected a very different looking starting XV for Ireland’s first Rugby World Cup warm-up game against Wales this weekend.
Ulster lock Iain Henderson admitted head coach Schmidt is “keeping us in the dark” over selection for the first of four World Cup warm-up matches.
South Africa are confident of arriving at the World Cup with a clean bill of health despite being ravaged by injury during the Rugby Championship.
Prop Cian Healy’s participation in the upcoming Rugby World Cup is in doubt, according to a number of reports this morning.
Wales have suffered another major pre-World Cup injury blow with prop Rhodri Jones set to miss the tournament.
“Ticket sales have been fantastic – the demand has been unbelievable.”
Italy’s rugby bosses have brokered a deal to end the players’ strike and set their World Cup preparations back on track.
Italy's Rugby World Cup preparations have been thrown into disarray by a player strike over tournament bonuses.
Schmidt on squad selection: "It's a learning experience for me as well. I know I'm going to get a few things wrong."
The Australian Rugby Union has announced a major change to its Test squad selection policy five months before the Rugby World Cup.
Ireland have fallen one place to eighth in the IRB World Rankings, swapping places with Argentina who jump to seventh.
Martin Johnson has launched a passionate defence of England’s under-fire World Cup captain Lewis Moody – and insisted he would make the same choice all over again.
Mike Tindall has been removed from England’s elite player squad and fined £25,000 (€29,000) following events in New Zealand during the recent World Cup campaign.
Wales World Cup captain Sam Warburton admits that the tackle that saw him sent off in their semi-final defeat to France was “uglier” than he had thought, and that referee Alain Rolland was correct to show him a red card.
The biggest competition in international rugby has come and gone and left Ireland in 6th place in the IRB world rankings.
France captain Thierry Dusautoir has been named International Rugby Board player of the year at a ceremony in Auckland.
Israel Dagg has revealed New Zealand’s sense of “great relief” at ending a 24-year wait to be crowned world champions.
Marc Lievremont admitted he could not have asked for any more from his players after they went agonisingly close to destroying New Zealand’s World Cup dream.
New Zealand captain Richie McCaw hailed his team’s courage and desire after they ended 24 years of hurt by winning the closest final in World Cup history.
Captain Richie McCaw spoke of his pride after New Zealand ended their 24-year wait to regain the World Cup with a hard-fought 8-7 victory over France.
France 7 New Zealand 8
New Zealand ended 24 years of hurt by being crowned world champions at an emotion-charged Eden Park – but only after perceived no-hopers France gave them a colossal fright.
France 7 New Zealand 8
New Zealand have scraped past the challenge from France to win the Rugby World Cup by a single point.
New Zealand captain Richie McCaw has urged his All Blacks team not to waste their opportunity tomorrow when they bid to be crowned world champions.
Wales’ World Cup squad will head home today with former captain Ryan Jones believing the players can take great pride in their performances.
Nicolas Mas has put France on full alert for a fearsome challenge from the New Zealand pack in tomorrow’s World Cup final at Eden Park.
Former Irish fly-half Tony Ward has defended under-fire referee Alain Rolland in the wake of Saturday’s controversial red card incident.
Australian Rugby Union boss John O’Neill has announced he will step aside when his current contract expires in two years’ time.
Mike Phillips launched a withering attack on World Cup finalists France after Wales saw their dream of global domination destroyed in controversial fashion at Eden Park.
Ireland have slipped back to seventh in the IRB World Rankings, after reaching as high as fifth after victories against Australia and Italy in the World Cup.
New Zealand 33 Argentina 10
New Zealand advanced to a Rugby World Cup semi-final with Australia after struggling to subdue Argentina in the last quarter-final at Eden Park in Auckland.
South Africa 9 Australia 11
Australia crept into the World Cup semi-finals today after James O'Connor landed a late penalty to send champions South Africa crashing out.
France head coach Marc Lievremont revelled in his side's 19-12 Rugby World Cup quarter-final victory over England today and immediately began looking towards next week's last-four clash with Wales.
Warren Gatland hailed his “fantastic ambassadors” after a stunning quarter-final victory over Ireland kept Wales firmly on course for World Cup glory.
Tommy Bowe admits Ireland squandered a glorious chance to make history with their 22-10 defeat by Wales.
France 19 England 12
England crashed out of the Rugby World Cup as France booked a semi-final clash with Wales.
Tears filled Irish eyes this morning as rugby fans watched their world cup dream come to an end.
Brian O’Driscoll spoke of the crushing disappointment of Ireland’s World Cup exit, but accepted they had come up short in an enthralling clash with Wales.
Captain Sam Warburton hailed Wales’ progression to the World Cup semi-finals as a “massive achievement” following their 22-10 quarter-final success over Ireland in Wellington.
Wales 22 Ireland 10
Ireland saw its Rugby World Cup dream dashed by a dominant Welsh side in this morning’s quarter-final clash.
HALF-TIME: Wales 10 Ireland 3
Ireland go in at half-time trailing 10-3 to a dominant Wales in the sides’ Rugby World Cup quarter-final clash at the Wellington Regional Stadium.
Irish centre Gordon D’Arcy believes his team and their Welsh opponents are evenly matched in terms of ability meaning sheer desire could prove the difference in Wellington tomorrow.
Cian Healy has revealed that “insulting” criticism of Ireland’s front row inspired them to develop into one of the World Cup’s strongest units.
Ireland prop Mike Ross has said he is delighted that Rory Best is fit enough to start tomorrow's World cup quarter-final with Wales in Wellington.
France head coach Marc Lievremont believes the loss to Tonga has sparked his team into action for tomorrow’s Rugby World Cup quarter-final against England in Auckland.
Dan Lydiate has highlighted the threat of Ireland flanker Sean O’Brien to Wales’ World Cup semi-final ambitions.
New Zealand full-back Mils Muliaina is focused on the task in hand when he wins his 100th Test cap in Sunday’s Rugby World Cup quarter-final with Argentina.
Ireland will enter their World Cup quarter-final against Wales with Rory Best at hooker after the Ulster front row won his injury battle.
Toby Flood will start at inside centre alongside fly-half Jonny Wilkinson in England’s Rugby World Cup quarter-final against France.
Rory Best has been included in the Ireland team submitted at the deadline for Saturday’s World Cup quarter-final against Wales.
Leigh Halfpenny – and not James Hook or Lee Byrne – will be the Wales full-back in Saturday’s World Cup quarter-final against Ireland.
It is being reported that Jonny Wilkinson will start at number 10 for England's quarter-final with France on Saturday.
Ireland will give Rory Best every opportunity to prove his fitness after naming an unchanged team for Saturday’s World Cup quarter-final against Wales.
Donncha O’Callaghan has described the hordes of supporters following Ireland across New Zealand as the “Aviva Stadium on crack”.
Jonny Sexton has praised the Irish supporters for the “positive effect” they have provided in tough games for Declan Kindey’s team so far in the World Cup.
Wales have received a major boost ahead of their World Cup quarter-final against Ireland with three key players passed fit to resume full training.