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#Pool A

# pool-a - Sunday 13 October, 2019

Brave Blossoms' attacking style thrills the World Cup on home soil

Jamie Joseph’s men have been the story of this tournament and delivered on a special night in Yokohama.

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Brilliant Blossoms scorch into RWC clash with South Africa

The host nation secured a bonus point early in the second half and withstood a Scottish comeback effort.

# pool-a - Saturday 12 October, 2019

Aki red the only blot as Ireland secure World Cup quarter-final with big win over Samoa

Joe Schmidt’s men were back somewhere close to their best in a seven-try victory in Fukuoka.

Ireland out to clinch World Cup quarter-final with bonus-point win over Samoans

Joe Schmidt’s side can save themselves a nervous Sunday by winning with four tries in Fukuoka today.

# pool-a - Friday 11 October, 2019

World Rugby hits back at 'disappointing' comments from Scottish Rugby Union

Sunday’s game between the Scots and Japan will either go ahead as scheduled or be cancelled.

# pool-a - Thursday 10 October, 2019

'I hope everyone involved in the tournament wants the game to be played'

Scotland boss Gregor Townsend suggested his side’s clash with Japan could go ahead behind closed doors.

Scotland set to fight possibility of cancelled Pool A game against Japan

Gregor Townsend’s side could be knocked out of the World Cup without even getting to play the hosts.

Larmour and Beirne start as Henshaw makes injury comeback in Ireland XV

Joe Schmidt has made 12 personnel changes for his side’s Pool A clash with Samoa on Saturday.

'We've got nothing to lose' - Samoa promise expansive approach against Ireland

Key man Tim Nanai Williams has been passed fit to start as the Samoans make two changes.

# pool-a - Wednesday 9 October, 2019

Scotland's big win underlines importance of bonus-point victory for Ireland

Joe Schmidt’s side still have it in their control to secure a quarter-final.

Scotland storm to 9-try win over Russia to set up showdown with Japan

Scrum-half George Horne scored a hat-trick as Russia completed their run in Pool A with another scoreless return.

As it happened: Scotland v Russia, Rugby World Cup

Gregor Townsend’s men are still in with a real shout of making the knockout stages and we went minute-by-minute.

# pool-a - Tuesday 8 October, 2019

Samoa hope to get in Aki's face as they go 'all guns blazing' against Ireland

The Samoans are keen to follow in Japan’s footsteps with a shock win.

# pool-a - Monday 7 October, 2019

Ireland to go 'fully in' with XV selection as Samoa clash sure to go ahead

World Rugby is intent on the fixture taking place this weekend.

# pool-a - Saturday 5 October, 2019

Brilliant Japan take big step towards quarters with bonus-point win over Samoa

Kotaro Matsushima’s last-gasp try secured the bonus point and sent the City of Toyota Stadium wild.

# pool-a - Thursday 3 October, 2019

Schmidt upbeat on Ireland's performance, downbeat on Carbery

The Ireland camp are pushing the positives of the win over 20th-ranked Russia.

'It doesn't matter if it's Russia or New Zealand - it's about getting back on the horse'

Ireland must bounce back from their shock defeat to Japan against Russia in Kobe today.

# pool-a - Monday 30 September, 2019

Scotland keep pressure on Ireland with bonus-point win over Samoa

Gregor Townsend’s men were made to sweat but eventually secured their crucial fourth try.

As it happened: Scotland v Samoa, Rugby World Cup

Gregor Townsend’s side picked up a vital bonus-point win in Misaki Stadium.

# pool-a - Saturday 28 September, 2019

'We had been preparing for this game for a hell of a lot longer than the Irish had'

Japan lit up the World Cup with sensational display in Shizuoka.

'It's all about reaction now,' says James Ryan as Ireland pick up the pieces

The Leinster lock was understandably downcast after Ireland were shocked by the hosts.

'We got a 12-3 lead and we stopped playing to a degree': Schmidt laments penalty calls after shock in Shizuoka

Ireland conceded nine penalties, and Schmidt complained about four ‘tough’ offside calls.

# pool-a - Tuesday 24 September, 2019

'We're confident we can beat them' - Japan have a plan for Ireland

The Japanese squad have done their homework on Joe Schmidt’s squad.

# pool-a - Monday 23 September, 2019

Sexton took 'bang on his thigh' but Ireland say replacement was tactical

Peter O’Mahony and Bundee Aki have passed HIA2 and could be available against Japan.

# pool-a - Saturday 14 September, 2019

Hosts and Scots bring the chaos to try and disrupt Ireland's progress

The first in our pool-by-pool previews is full of familiar faces.

# pool-a - Thursday 12 September, 2019

Confidence, cool heads and delegation key as Best leads Ireland in Japan

The Ireland skipper will be sure to rely on his vice-captains to push the team to their limit.

# pool-a - Wednesday 14 August, 2019

Taylor back in the centre as Scotland begin World Cup prep with France clash

Gregor Townsend has unleashed an exciting back-line to face Les Bleus.

# pool-a - Tuesday 23 July, 2019

Samoa's Joe Tekori in shock retirement just months before World Cup

The Toulouse lock won’t be involved in the Pool A clash against Ireland.

# pool-a - Friday 19 July, 2019

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.

# pool-a - 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.’

# pool-a - 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.

# pool-a - Tuesday 6 October, 2015

Wait, what if...? How Ireland's and other World Cup pools will be decided

A win over France would make this a whole lot less complicated.

# pool-a - Saturday 3 October, 2015

As it happened: England v Australia, Rugby World Cup

It was do or die for England in the pool of death, and one of their greatest rivals were in town to stick the knife in.

# pool-a - Sunday 27 September, 2015

The Wallabies made light work of Uruguay and move top of the Pool of Death

Michael Cheika’s men turned on the style and scored 11 tries against the South Americans.

# pool-a - Saturday 26 September, 2015

As it happened: England v Wales, Rugby World Cup

We went minute-by-minute for the biggest game of the Rugby World Cup so far… and it didn’t disappoint.

# pool-a - Friday 18 September, 2015

Gatland unleashes twin threat of Warburton and Tipuric on Uruguay

Liam Williams and Samson Lee have made a timely return from injury.

# pool-a - Monday 14 September, 2015

Big Sam Burgess gets a big chunk of bench for England's World Cup opener

Brad Barritt will continue as Stuart Lancaster’s inside centre after his recovery from ankle and calf injuries.

England to emerge at peak of Pool A, while Wales may miss out

We take a look at the ‘pool of death,’ which features four sides inside the top 10 in the world.

# pool-a - Wednesday 9 September, 2015

Wallabies will completely split their squad to prepare for 2 games in 4 days

Bernard Foley and Quade Cooper will likely get 80 minutes each before Australia face England.

# pool-a - Wednesday 17 June, 2015

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.

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