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#2019 rugby world cup

# 2019-rugby-world-cup - Friday 20 September, 2019

As it happened: Japan v Russia, Rugby World Cup

We went minute-by-minute for the World Cup opener from Tokyo.

# 2019-rugby-world-cup - Wednesday 28 August, 2019

England call for loosehead cover but deliver good news on Vunipola

The Saracens prop is facing 10 days out after pulling up against Ireland.

# 2019-rugby-world-cup - Tuesday 20 August, 2019

France make four changes for Scotland, as Racing centre added to World Cup squad

Virimi Vakatawa has replaced the injured Geoffrey Doumayrou.

# 2019-rugby-world-cup - Monday 19 August, 2019

Gatland's Wales dethrone All Blacks on top of the latest world rankings

The Grand Slam winners become just the fourth nation to occupy top spot.

Parisse set for record-equalling World Cup as O'Shea names Italy squad

Ian McKinley misses out on a place in the Azzurri’s squad for Japan.

# 2019-rugby-world-cup - Sunday 18 August, 2019

'I'm as ready as I've ever been': Conan hungry to make up for 2015

The Leinster number eight is in the form of his career and wants to start at the base of Ireland’s scrum at the World Cup.

# 2019-rugby-world-cup - Saturday 17 August, 2019

France hammer Scotland in Nice, as 13-try Italy run riot against Russia

Ireland’s opening World Cup opponents were handed a reality check on Saturday evening.

# 2019-rugby-world-cup - Saturday 10 August, 2019

Player ratings: Who impressed in the race to get on the plane to Japan?

Andrew Conway, Jordan Larmour and Chris Farrell were among the standout performers at the Aviva.

As it happened: Ireland v Italy, World Cup warm-up

We were at the Aviva Stadium as Joe Schmidt’s side ramped up their World Cup preparations.

Now or never for Ireland's World Cup hopefuls in Aviva audition

Joe Schmidt’s side begin their warm-up schedule against Italy this afternoon.

# 2019-rugby-world-cup - Friday 9 August, 2019

'If versatility gets you a ticket to go over, then I'm happy to offer that'

Jordi Murphy starts at number eight against Italy tomorrow.

No luck involved this time around as Herring motivated to go one step further

The Ulster hooker was part of the 2015 training squad, but missed out on a place in Joe Schmidt’s final 31.

'We don't want to shoot ourselves in the foot by not being open-minded'

Andy Farrell says every member of Ireland’s extended squad deserves the chance to stake their claim.

'His time has come': Kleyn the new enforcer in Ireland's engine room

The battle for second row positions intensifies as the Munster man gets his chance against Italy.

# 2019-rugby-world-cup - Tuesday 6 August, 2019

Farrell feeling at home as he bids to 'heap more pressure' on other centres

The Munster back wants to prove he is ready to play at a World Cup if called upon.

Ireland start making 'tough calls' as Dillane and Scannell cut

Joe Schmidt will take a closer look at his options against Italy this Saturday.

# 2019-rugby-world-cup - Saturday 3 August, 2019

'Food and mood go hand-in-hand': Fuelling Ireland's World Cup bid

IRFU performance nutritionist Ruth Wood-Martin is travelling to her third World Cup, and she brings us inside preparations for Japan.

# 2019-rugby-world-cup - Wednesday 31 July, 2019

'The players are better equipped to deal with the pressure than we were in 2007'

Shane Horgan says his expectations for Ireland’s World Cup campaign are not ‘super high.’

# 2019-rugby-world-cup - Tuesday 30 July, 2019

Russell won't change his style as Scotland build towards Ireland showdown

The Racing 92 out-half says Gregor Townsend’s side aren’t a one-man team.

# 2019-rugby-world-cup - Saturday 27 July, 2019

Pacific Nations Cup wins for Ireland's World Cup opponents Japan and Samoa

Both teams are in Rugby World Cup Pool A alongside Joe Schmidt’s side for the upcoming tournament in Japan.

# 2019-rugby-world-cup - Thursday 25 July, 2019

Healy prepared 'to go to dark places' to maintain his longevity

The 31-year-old is heading towards a third World Cup and feels in the best shape of his career.

# 2019-rugby-world-cup - Tuesday 23 July, 2019

Kleyn 'behind the eight ball' as he bids to force his way into Schmidt's plans

The Munster second row is one of two uncapped players in Ireland’s extended World Cup training squad.

# 2019-rugby-world-cup - Monday 22 July, 2019

Cronin taking nothing for granted as he works hard to 'right the wrongs' of Rome

The Leinster hooker admits his 68 caps won’t be enough to get him on the plane to Japan.

# 2019-rugby-world-cup - Friday 19 July, 2019

Addison's return adds to 'incredibly hard' selection decisions for Ireland

Joe Schmidt and his coaches must whittle down an extended panel of 45 to just 31 for Japan.

Ireland continue to manage 'frustrated watcher' Sexton after thumb injury

A number of players, including the out-half, trained away from the main group in Limerick this morning.

# 2019-rugby-world-cup - Tuesday 18 June, 2019

Bastareaud among high-profile names missing as France name World Cup training squad

Some experienced names won’t feature for Les Bleus in Japan.

# 2019-rugby-world-cup - Thursday 6 June, 2019

Ireland captain Best calls for expanded World Cup squads

‘At a World Cup you shouldn’t have to have makeshift people in there,’ the hooker says.

# 2019-rugby-world-cup - Tuesday 9 April, 2019

Addison's World Cup prospects hindered by season-ending back surgery

Ulster hope the 26-year-old will return to full fitness for pre-season.

# 2019-rugby-world-cup - Monday 14 January, 2019

Ireland World Cup tickets 'extremely limited' ahead of general sale

First-come-first-served ticket sales for this year’s tournament in Japan begin this week.

# 2019-rugby-world-cup - Saturday 17 November, 2018

Canada close in on final World Cup place after win over Germany

They need just one point from their final game against Hong Kong.

# 2019-rugby-world-cup - Tuesday 25 September, 2018

Ex-England prop Rowntree joins Georgia coaching team ahead of World Cup

Rowntree recently left his role with Harlequins, citing personal reasons.

# 2019-rugby-world-cup - Tuesday 3 July, 2018

Zimbabwe players sleep on the streets ahead of Rugby World Cup qualifier

Photographs showed players lying on a pavement wearing blankets and surrounded by their luggage.

# 2019-rugby-world-cup - Saturday 30 June, 2018

Samoa put one foot in Ireland's World Cup pool by snapping two-year losing streak

The Samoans were far too strong for Germany in the first leg of their play-off in Apia earlier today.

# 2019-rugby-world-cup - Tuesday 26 June, 2018

Samoa PM tells players to quit if they lose crunch play-off to reach Ireland's World Cup pool

He then predicted they’d reach the quarter-finals in Japan.

# 2019-rugby-world-cup - Monday 28 May, 2018

Lancaster: 'Ireland have an exceptional chance at next year's World Cup'

The Leinster senior coach says this summer’s tour of Australia will be a real marker for Ireland ahead of a big 18 months.

# 2019-rugby-world-cup - Saturday 24 March, 2018

European Rugby to discuss Spanish refereeing controversy

The Spanish Rugby Federation have requested their game against Belgium be replayed.

# 2019-rugby-world-cup - Tuesday 20 March, 2018

Spain request for World Cup qualifier against Belgium to be replayed

A video package including 19 instances of alleged bias by the Romanian official has also been submitted to World Rugby.

# 2019-rugby-world-cup - Sunday 18 March, 2018

Romanian ref under fire after Spain's defeat sends Romania through to Ireland's World Cup pool Controversy This post contains videos

Romanian ref under fire after Spain's defeat sends Romania through to Ireland's World Cup pool

The Spanish could still qualify for Japan 2019 via play-offs.

# 2019-rugby-world-cup - Thursday 2 November, 2017

Ireland to face Scotland in opener as 2019 Rugby World Cup schedule and venues announced

Ireland face hosts Japan in the second game.