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#JAPAN 2019

# japan-2019 - Tuesday 24 September, 2019

World Rugby release statement criticising World Cup refereeing standards

The governing body says it is ‘confident of the highest standards of officiating’ moving forward.

# japan-2019 - Wednesday 11 September, 2019

Heaslip, Ferris and Madigan join RTÉ's Rugby World Cup coverage

All of Ireland’s games from Japan will be live on RTÉ.

# japan-2019 - Thursday 5 September, 2019

'I keep trying to tell myself to enjoy it': Kearney's third and final World Cup

The Ireland fullback starts against Wales on Saturday.

# japan-2019 - Sunday 18 August, 2019

Hansen puts focus on World Cup after New Zealand lose top spot in rankings Watch The Throne This post contains videos

Hansen puts focus on World Cup after New Zealand lose top spot in rankings

The All Black boss says he has found some answers to problems over the course of the Rugby Championship.

# japan-2019 - Monday 12 August, 2019

Ireland's RWC pool rivals Japan rise to 9th in world rankings after impressive win over USA Movers And Shakers This post contains videos

Ireland's RWC pool rivals Japan rise to 9th in world rankings after impressive win over USA

Jamie Joseph’s side are in rude health.

# japan-2019 - Monday 5 August, 2019

Dillane and Scannell return to provincial duty as Schmidt names 43-man squad for Italy clash

Joe Schmidt’s side face Italy on Saturday afternoon in the first of four warm-up games ahead of the World Cup.

# japan-2019 - Wednesday 24 July, 2019

Kolbe return among 12 changes for 'Boks as they take on New Zealand

After demolishing Australia, Rassie Erasmus will unleash his strongest available team this weekend.

# japan-2019 - Tuesday 23 July, 2019

All Blacks fired up for Wellington revenge against 'Boks

South Africa’s only win in eight Tests against the world champions came in New Zealand’s capital.

# japan-2019 - Friday 19 July, 2019

Reece in the limelight as World Cup looms large over international rugby season kick-off

The tick-tock of Rugby World Cup countdown is getting louder, though New Zealand and South Africa are holding back on opening weekend.

Wayne Barnes installed as referee for Ireland's pivotal RWC clash with Scotland

The veteran English official hasn’t always been a good omen for Ireland.

# japan-2019 - Thursday 27 June, 2019

'Playing at a World Cup is always something I've really, really wanted to do'

Joey Carbery recalls his earliest World Cup memories as he prepares for Japan 2019.

# japan-2019 - Wednesday 26 June, 2019

Toner returning to full fitness for career's final big stretch

The second row hopes to soon be back in full training ahead of what he expects to be his last World Cup.

# japan-2019 - Thursday 20 June, 2019

Former captains out in the cold as Eddie Jones brings England World Cup squad together

The former Japan boss has made exceptions in his initial squad, but Dylan Hartley is not one of them.

# japan-2019 - Wednesday 19 June, 2019

Wallaby hooker Latu given four-game ban for drink-driving

The Waratahs suspended the 26-year-old for two games after the incident, so the fourth match of his punishment will be played this weekend.

# japan-2019 - Wednesday 12 June, 2019

Japan captain Leitch 'quietly confident' as he faces World Cup pool with Ireland

‘Once we get out of (the pool) we’ve either got New Zealand or South Africa, and we’re not going to lay down for them either.’

# japan-2019 - 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.

'There's no point going 'oh sure it'll be right when we get to Japan''

Ireland captain Rory Best knows his side need to find form and intensity in this summer’s warm-up games.

# japan-2019 - Wednesday 5 June, 2019

Bowe surprised by McCloskey's omission from Schmidt's World Cup training squad

The Ulster centre enjoyed an excellent season but was overlooked for Ireland’s extended summer panel.

Sexton insists Ireland have not already peaked as he takes aim at World Cup

With a Grand Slam and a first-ever home win over New Zealand, 2018 was a tough act to follow for Ireland.

# japan-2019 - Tuesday 28 May, 2019

Pocock calls an end to his time with Brumbies and chases World Cup fitness

The Wallabies back row is struggling with a calf issue and his club have been unable to put a time frame on his return.

# japan-2019 - Tuesday 30 April, 2019

Gatland calls up two uncapped players for Wales' World Cup training squad

Prop Rhys Carre and wing Owen Lane have been included in the 42-man training panel.

# japan-2019 - Thursday 18 April, 2019

Schmidt to name Ireland's 31-man World Cup squad before final warm-up game

The head coach will have to cut his panel down to 31 players by 7 September.

# japan-2019 - Tuesday 5 February, 2019

All Black coach Hansen stokes Cheika rivalry with 'Mickey Mouse' jibe

New Zealand’s head coach admits he actively uses mind games against other coaches, though not against ‘a good coach and a mate’ Joe Schmidt.

# japan-2019 - Monday 4 February, 2019

Australia pull Larkham from attack coach role after Cheika row

Rugby Australia have moved the former out-half to a new role just over seven months before the Wallabies begin their World Cup campaign.

# japan-2019 - 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.

# japan-2019 - Friday 23 November, 2018

Van der Merwe strikes twice to seal final World Cup place for Canada

The Canucks will face New Zealand and South Africa in Japan.

# japan-2019 - Saturday 18 August, 2018

Namibia become 19th team to book their place at next year's World Cup

They’ll go into a pool with defending champions New Zealand, South Africa and Italy.

# japan-2019 - Sunday 15 July, 2018

Samoa beat Germany to secure place in Ireland's World Cup pool

Joe Schmidt’s side will face Scotland, Japan, Russia and Samoa at next year’s tournament.

# japan-2019 - Saturday 16 June, 2018

Germany keep World Cup dream alive, will face Samoa for place in Ireland's pool

The sides will face off in a home-and-away play-off.

# japan-2019 - Wednesday 6 June, 2018

2019 RWC qualifying appeals fail, World Rugby vows to take tighter control

The governing body promises to undertake a full review and possibly build a database to help avoid a repeat of the debacle which leaves Russia in Ireland’s Rugby World Cup pool.

# japan-2019 - Wednesday 16 May, 2018

Romania to appeal Rugby World Cup disqualification

The Romanian rugby federation insist the player at the centre of the controversy was eligible to play for them.

# japan-2019 - Tuesday 15 May, 2018

Russia to join Ireland's RWC Pool as ruling made on Rugby Europe debacle

Spain, Romania and Belgium were all hit with sanctions for fielding ineligible players.

# japan-2019 - Wednesday 2 May, 2018

Rugby Europe row rankles with Samoa as they face wait for World Cup qualifier

The Pacific nation is likely to join Ireland in RWC Pool A, but delaying their play-off with a European team could complicate matters for their best players.

# japan-2019 - Wednesday 28 February, 2018

Cheika set to walk if Wallabies don't win World Cup

“So there is only winning the World Cup, otherwise it is probably somebody else’s opportunity to do it.”

# japan-2019 - Sunday 4 February, 2018

Ex-Munster prop Sagario helps Uruguay to qualify for 2019 World Cup

Uruguay qualify as Americas 2 and join Australia, Wales, Georgia and Fiji in Pool D.

# japan-2019 - Friday 26 January, 2018

Planning on following Ireland at the 2019 World Cup? Tickets go on sale tomorrow

Fans can apply for team and stadium packs as tickets go on sale globally.

# japan-2019 - Wednesday 10 May, 2017

'June will be very tough for us, today's draw will spark a real interest (in Japan)' -- Joe Schmidt

The Ireland head coach called the pool draw featuring Scotland and Japan ‘a mixed bag’.

Ireland draw Scotland, while England placed in pool of death again for 2019 Rugby World Cup

Joe Schmidt should be very happy with what the pool draw delivered in Kyoto.

# japan-2019 - Tuesday 9 May, 2017

Pumas, 'Boks and Les Bleus the ones to avoid as Ireland go to RWC draw as a top seed

If Ireland are to reach their first ever World Cup semi-final, a bit of luck in tomorrow’s pool draw in Kyoto is vital.

# japan-2019 - Tuesday 3 March, 2015

Here are the 12 venues Japan will use to host the 2019 Rugby World Cup

How would Ireland match up if the 2023 bid was successful?