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#Rugby World Cup

# rugby-world-cup - Yesterday’s News

No gremlins for Ireland, but Fitzgerald vouches for pre-season prep

While Wales, England and France have been at altitude, Ireland preferred to keep it low-key.

# rugby-world-cup - Friday 31 July, 2015

‘The big thing is that we don’t overestimate the talent in the Southern Hemisphere’

Ireland hooker Rory Best says Michael Cheika’s Australia have been impressive in recent weeks.

# rugby-world-cup - Thursday 30 July, 2015

Ireland’s World Cup opponents came agonisingly close to a shock win over Samoa last night Oh Canada This post contains videos

Ireland’s World Cup opponents came agonisingly close to a shock win over Samoa last night

Meanwhile, ex-Connacht wing Vainikolo provided one of Tonga’s tournament highlights, a try from 60 metres against USA.

Ireland warm-up game will be last chance saloon for at least 9 Welsh World Cup hopefuls

And head coach Warren Gatland has hinted he may include an injured prop in his final 31.

Gatland offering little hope for Faletau’s move to Bath

The summer’s big Welsh transfer saga is a confusing one.

Australia flanker Michael Hooper let off with 1-week ban, free to face All Blacks

The disciplinary panel found the flanker’s apparent punch to be open-handed and on the low end of the scale for the offence of striking.

# rugby-world-cup - Wednesday 29 July, 2015

In pics: Cian Healy training with Ireland in Cork

The prop was in sharp focus and full flow at Joe Schmidt’s session today.

# rugby-world-cup - Friday 24 July, 2015

Leinster players would have ‘no complaints’ about Cullen as head coach

Ireland prop Mike Ross says the squad would ‘back him 100%’ to deliver.

‘Conor Murray came from nowhere and got a spot on the plane’

Mike Ross says Ireland are measured in their World Cup confidence but are focused only on the warm-up fixtures.

# rugby-world-cup - Wednesday 22 July, 2015

Live on US morning TV, ‘Honey Bear’ Cummins told his horrific tale about a lion bleeding to death Ambassador This post contains videos

Another new contract on the eve of a Rugby World Cup, but Schmidt deal is excellent business

The IRFU have made a habit of handing out rewards before the big show, but The Joe Show is a different beast.

# rugby-world-cup - Monday 20 July, 2015

Dublin native MacGinty makes USA debut at out-half against Samoa

The former Blackrock College playmaker kicked 11 points for the Eagles.

# rugby-world-cup - Tuesday 14 July, 2015

Zebo not an injury concern despite limping out of training

Ireland reporting no major injury worries after Galway session.

This is the new Ireland jersey for the Rugby World Cup

First impressions? We like it.

# rugby-world-cup - Thursday 9 July, 2015

Pienaar and ‘Boks up against Botha and 7 more Toulon stars in World XV

South Africa head coach Heyneke Meyer has named an experimental midfield including the exciting 21-year-old Jesse Kriel.

# rugby-world-cup - Tuesday 7 July, 2015

5 perfectly reasonable excuses to stay up all night watching Samoa take on the All Blacks

Admit it, you’re willing to stay up until 5am to get your fix of international rugby.

# rugby-world-cup - Monday 6 July, 2015

4 or 5 sessions a day in ‘deepest, darkest Poland’ — George North looks ahead to World Cup prep

Anyone up for a nice jog round the park instead?

Leinster lock Douglas back into World Cup contention with the Wallabies

Meanwhile, Zane Kirchner has been called into the South Africa training squad.

Could the Honey Badger be going to the World Cup after all?

Nick Cummins has been drafted into the Wallabies squad.

# rugby-world-cup - Tuesday 30 June, 2015

Summer’s over: Here’s how your favourite Irish rugby stars spent their holidays

Jackson and Henderson went to the woods, Heaslip acted out some Will Smith lyrics and everybody broke their diet plan wide open.

Scotland’s World Cup jerseys are here and they involve tartan

What do you make of these Macron numbers?

# rugby-world-cup - Monday 29 June, 2015

Power ranking the top 10 greatest sporting comebacks

From the ‘Miracle at Medinah’ to that famous night in Istanbul.

# rugby-world-cup - Thursday 25 June, 2015

Before a high ball is launched, pick the back three players you would want in your Rugby World Cup squad

Earls or Zebo, Trimble or Gilroy, Fitzgerald or McFadden. They’re all tough calls.

# rugby-world-cup - Wednesday 24 June, 2015

Uncapped Furlong and Conan make Ireland’s 45-man Rugby World Cup squad

Joe Schmidt will have to whittle this group down to 31 before the World Cup comes around.

It’s 20 years to the day since Mandela presented the Springboks with the Webb Ellis Cup

A number of South Africa’s 1995 World Cup-winning squad gathered for a reunion at the famous ground in Johannesburg today.

‘The carousel has to finish at some stage, the balloon has to pop’

The end is in sight for Gordon D’Arcy, but he’s not slowing down.

# rugby-world-cup - Tuesday 23 June, 2015

Lancaster waiting on police investigation to decide on Cipriani’s World Cup involvment

Plus, Corkman Dave Ryan has agreed a move to France.

# rugby-world-cup - Thursday 18 June, 2015

Paul O’Connell wanted to retire, but Toulon just kept calling — Laporte

Like the Mounties, Toulon always get their man.

The Webb Ellis Cup is in Ireland this weekend, here’s where you can gaze upon its glory

Rugby’s hottest property is coming to Belfast, Galway and Limerick.

# rugby-world-cup - Wednesday 17 June, 2015

World Cup looks to be over for Rhys Ruddock after recurrence of arm injury

The blindside was replaced by Jack Conan after 20 minutes today.

Inexperienced Emerging Ireland side labour to victory over Uruguay

Captain Rhys Ruddock lasted only 20 minutes before being replaced due to injury.

Warren Gatland makes an intelligent addition to Wales’ World Cup squad

Warren Gatland makes an intelligent addition to Wales’ World Cup squad

Toulon’s Paul Stridgeon has hooked up with the Welshmen as head of physical performance.

# rugby-world-cup - Monday 15 June, 2015

World Rugby are clamping down on the laws ahead of RWC2015

Joe Schmidt’s Ireland will have been interested observers of this set of clarifications.

Italy’s World Cup squad has gone on strike over tournament bonuses

Training did not take place this morning in Villabassa after the disagreement.

# rugby-world-cup - Friday 12 June, 2015

One Aussie out-half absolutely destroyed and 15 of the best tries from the U20 World Cup Strong As Ox This post contains videos

One Aussie out-half absolutely destroyed and 15 of the best tries from the U20 World Cup

Getting caught in possession by a prop is never good news.

# rugby-world-cup - Wednesday 10 June, 2015

No prizes for guessing who Jonny Wilkinson reckons will win the World Cup

England’s drop-goal hero thinks the four previous winners will be on two apiece come November.

15 snap predictions with 100 days to go before the Rugby World Cup

Can we just fast forward there right now?

# rugby-world-cup - Friday 5 June, 2015

Ireland faces strong competition to host 2023 World Cup amid ‘record interest’

Italy, South Africa, France and the USA will provide competition for the Irish bid.

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