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Saturday 5 October, 2019

World Cup has become damaged by too many lopsided clashes

Time for World Rugby to properly address the gulf in class between Tier 1 and Tier 2 teams.

Friday 4 October, 2019

As it happened: South Africa v Italy, Rugby World Cup

Relive the action as South Africa put seven tries on Italy in Shizuoka, with a second half red card killing the game as a contest.

Zebo: 'Ireland lack a freedom to express themselves'

Simon Zebo says he would like to see Ireland introduce more variety to their attack after an underwhelming World Cup pool campaign.

Thursday 3 October, 2019

Zebo: 'Going into a quarter-final, if we perform like that I'd be a little bit nervous'

The ex-Munster man bemoaned a reliance on one-out runners in the win over Russia.

Murphy forced off against Russia as Ireland's injury problems mount

Murphy lasted than half an hour against Russia after sustaining what appeared to be a rib problem.

Watch: The two early tries that have Ireland up and running against Russia

Ireland have made a superb start as they chase the all-important bonus point after taking an early 14-0 lead against Russia.

Sunday 29 September, 2019

Condensed schedule presents a host of problems in Japan

Ireland face some short turnarounds in Japan, but other teams have been dealt an even worse hand.

What does defeat to Japan mean for Ireland's hopes?

Ireland are facing an uncertain path in Japan following their 19-12 defeat to the hosts.

Saturday 28 September, 2019

'Being comfortable isn't good enough in a World Cup'

Keith Earls says Ireland were disappointed with a number of aspects of their performance as they lost 19-12 to Japan.

'Unfortunately we couldn't come up with the right answers'

'Unfortunately we couldn't come up with the right answers'

Ireland captain Rory Best admitted that the best team won as Japan shocked Ireland in Shizuoka.

Watch: The two first-half tries that had Ireland ahead at the break Strong Start This post contains videos

Watch: The two first-half tries that had Ireland ahead at the break

Garry Ringrose and Rob Kearney handed Ireland the initiative against Japan.

Friday 27 September, 2019

Strike-rate of Ireland's forwards sets them apart

Ireland lean more heavily on their forward pack for tries than any of their rivals in Japan.

Thursday 26 September, 2019

Earls a man for the big occasion and can extend Irish record at this World Cup Finisher This post contains videos

Earls a man for the big occasion and can extend Irish record at this World Cup

The Limerick man could soon be rubbing shoulders with David Campese and Brian Lima on the list of all-time top try-scorers.

'The criticism is something through my career that I have gotten used to'

Ireland scrum-half Conor Murray says he doesn’t agree with some of the criticism that came his way over the past 12 months.

Wednesday 25 September, 2019

Performances over next month will count for little come South Africa

Joe Schmidt already knows the players he wants fit for Ireland’s potential quarter-final.

Tuesday 24 September, 2019

Wales suffer another injury setback as Hill leaves squad

Hill hasn’t played since February and will be replaced by Ospreys’ Bradley Davies.

Friday 20 September, 2019

Late call-ups increasingly important as physical toll of Rugby World Cup grows

From D’Arcy to Boss, Ireland have had no shortage of late arrivals into their World Cup squad.

Thursday 19 September, 2019

Warrior Lealiifano poised to star in World Cup after overcoming leukaemia

The Australian out-half took on a stint with Ulster as he mounted his return to top class rugby.

Aki proving to be the big fish in Ireland's deep pool of centres

The Connacht star has been the most-used midfielder in an area Joe Schmidt has plenty of options.

Wednesday 18 September, 2019

Familiarity breeds contempt for old rivals Ireland and Scotland

‘They straight up just don’t get along’.