David Kelly: 'Succession plan for No 10 begins with Italy dilemma'
Fate can mock anyone's best laid-plans. Joe Schmidt's World Cup planning is wide and varied but, as his previous experience and that of his predecessors has demonstrated, what happens in the pivot position of his team promises to be, well, pivotal.
- Paul O'Connell pinpoints the year and team that kickstarted a golden generation for Irish rugby
- Ireland's Iain Henderson free to face Italy in Six Nations following disciplinary hearing
- Analysing the pre-World Cup form of the last five winners and why Ireland should take heart
- Chris Farrell given the green light for Italy clash but Garry Ringrose, Rhys Ruddock and Will Addison miss out
- Robbie Henshaw signs contract extension with the IRFU that keeps him at Leinster until 2022