How Ireland players are training smarter for Rugby World Cup

Alan Quinlan, who played for Ireland the last time the national team went to France for the tournament, says that training has changed significantly in terms of optimising players

Andrew Porter: One of the players preparing the the upcoming World Cup. Picture: Inpho

It’s rarely the lack of effort that costs a professional sports team at the top level, but it all too often can be misplaced effort.

This is the second time an Irish rugby team is heading to France for a Rugby World Cup with high hopes.

The willingness to work wasn’t the problem with that first one, but the tournament still proved a disaster with a group stage exit. Alan Quinlan was on that side ...