The Ireland squad held a final training session at Carton House before departing for London where they will take on Rugby World Cup hosts England on Saturday. Check out our gallery of the latest training pics.
Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt talks about the team selection for the final warm-up game against England which, he says, is 'a massive challenge' for his side ahead of the start of the Rugby World Cup.
An Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD together with Jonathan Bell MLA, NI Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Investment, Paschal Donohoe TD, Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, and Michael Ring TD, Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, attended a meeting of Ireland's Rugby World Cup 2023 Oversight Board on Wednesday.
Andrew Trimble will win his 189th cap for Ulster when he lines out for the province against the Ospreys at Kingspan Stadium on Friday (kick-off 7.35pm), in the opening game of this season's GUINNESS PRO12.
An Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD and Government Ministers from both North and South attended a meeting of Ireland's Rugby World Cup 2023 Oversight Board at the Aviva Stadium. Irish Rugby TV spoke to Minister Jonathan Bell MLA, Oversight Board Chairman Dick Spring, Ireland RWC 2023 Bid Ambassador Brian O'Driscoll and Minister Paschal Donohoe TD afterwards.
The GUINNESS PRO12 launches back into action in style this weekend with three games on the opening Friday night. Last season's beaten semi-finalists, Ulster and the Ospreys, face each other in Belfast, while over in Galway, Connacht also welcome Welsh opposition, the Newport Gwent Dragons this time making the trip west.
Carton House was a hive of activity on Tuesday as the Ireland Rugby World Cup squad was officially announced and the selected players trained ahead of next Saturday's final warm-up game against England.
Joe Schmidt said telling players they have missed out on Rugby World Cup selection is the 'brutal reality' of what international coaches have to do. Read on for his thoughts on some of the 'big calls' regarding Ireland's 31-man squad for England 2015.