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Monday 10 October, 2011

England agree to play midweek matches at 2015 World Cup

Following complaints from the players such as Eliota Fuimaono-Sapolu, it has been confirmed that the IRB will consider altering the structure of future fixture lists.

Ireland make the semis after all as Alain Rolland to take charge of last-4 tie

Rolland will referee the opening World Cup semi-final between Wales and France in Auckland on Saturday.

The Morning Score: Monday

Get the week off on the right foot – here’s everything you need to know.

Sunday 9 October, 2011

New Zealand's injury list extended further after win

Colin Slade and Mils Muliaina are Graham Henry’s latest injury worries ahead of a semi-final showdown with Australia.

The Happy Camper: And now the party goes on without us End Of The Road This post contains videos

The Happy Camper: And now the party goes on without us

“Imagine a junior disco in Ireland. Now imagine it without the tipsy teens staggering from one song to another before a big fight breaks out.”

De Villiers quits as Australia send Springboks packing

South Africa’s outspoken coach says that he will not be staying on following this morning’s quarter-final exit.

The sports week in pictures Snap Happy This post contains images

The sports week in pictures

Deary me. A week is a long time in sports eh? Here’s how the past seven days developed.

As it happened: New Zealand v Argentina

New Zealand didn’t exactly have it all their own way against Felipe Contepomi and Los Pumas this morning. Read the minute-by-minute report here.

As it happened: South Africa v Australia

If you couldn’t drag yourself out of bed, here’s the minute-by-minute coverage of this morning’s quarter-final between South Africa and Australia.

Saturday 8 October, 2011

Today on Twitter: The Curse of Ryle Nugent Hoodoo This post contains images

Today on Twitter: The Curse of Ryle Nugent

The Head of RTE Sport flew all the way to New Zealand to commentate on the national side’s only loss. Coincidence? Users of the interwebs don’t seem to think so.

Simon Hick's Match Report: The good, the bad and the inexplicable

A muted coda to the careers of its most talented generation, Ireland’s quarter-final performance against Wales defied explanation.

The (Un)Happy Camper: Bye, bye, bye Delilah End Of The Road This post contains videos

The (Un)Happy Camper: Bye, bye, bye Delilah

“Before leaving Dublin we asked only one thing of this Irish team; a whole-hearted performance. And, by God, they delivered that in every second of every game.”

Gutted skipper O'Driscoll hails Blarney Army

“A huge thank you to all the fans. They’ve been absolutely incredible. The hotel this morning was very special. It’s just a shame that we couldn’t give them another few weeks to cheer us on.”

As it happened: England v France

Just when you thought you had seen all of the shocks that a Saturday morning could produce, along came England and France. Here’s the minute-by-minute report.

As it happened: Ireland v Wales Liveblog

As it happened: Ireland v Wales

We thought it would be a close-run thing; it wasn’t. Here’s our minute-by-minute report of Ireland’s World Cup quarter-final against Wales.

Friday 7 October, 2011

WATCH: Francis says Wales will be 'found out' on Saturday Conjecture This post contains videos

WATCH: Francis says Wales will be 'found out' on Saturday

The controversial pundit predicts how Ireland v Wales will pan out, plus interviews with Shane Horgan, John Muldoon and Denis Hickie.

Retrospective: England and France's World Cup history

As England and France prepare to battle for a place in the semi-finals of the World Cup, we look back at their previous meetings on the biggest stage.

Quarter-final countdown: what the Welsh media are saying about tomorrow's game

The Irish media in general seem reasonably confident that Declan Kidney’s side have an excellent chance of progressing, but what about their counterparts across the water?

Memory lane: 4 other classic Wales-Ireland encounters Flashback This post contains videos

Memory lane: 4 other classic Wales-Ireland encounters

Ahead of tomorrow’s game, we recall some of the thrillers that have taken place between the two sides over the years.

Shane Jennings' World Cup diary: week 4

“Tony Buckley was mad to go pig hunting or deer hunting or something but there wasn’t any takers” – Jenno on life in camp this week.

Wilkinson and Flood won't be having a kick-off after all

Despite rumours to the contrary, Martin Johnson has said the duo will not be enging in a penalty shootout-style kicking contest.

WATCH: Four men in a pub look forward to weekend showdowns Expert View This post contains videos

WATCH: Four men in a pub look forward to weekend showdowns

Will Carling, Zinzan Brooke, Rob Henderson and Scott Quinnell line out to argue the toss on this week’s action.

The Happy Camper: watch out Wellington, here comes the cavalry

The greening of Wellington is almost complete. But half the Irish in town have tickets to the wrong quarter-final.

Poll: are you going to stay up all night or go to bed early? Game Management This post contains a poll

Poll: are you going to stay up all night or go to bed early?

Apart from that whole out-half argument, it’s the biggest question of the week ahead of tomorrow’s big game in New Zealand.

Quarter-final countdown: the view from Wales

Curious about how the Welsh view Irish rugby? Look no further: we’ve found a bona fide, valley-dwelling Welsh person to respond to your queries.

Sofa supporter: the sport on TV this weekend

There’s one or two games you might want to catch this weekend FYI.

The Magnificent Seven: memorable quarter-finals Classics This post contains videos

The Magnificent Seven: memorable quarter-finals

What do Bebeto, Brian O’Driscoll and Maurice FitzGerald have in common? Find out here, as we countdown seven unforgettable quarter-finals ahead of the big game this Saturday.

The Morning Score: Friday Early Doors This post contains videos

The Morning Score: Friday

We’re on the brink of history, ladies and gentlemen.

Thursday 6 October, 2011

The Score's alternative team of the World Cup

As the Rugby World Cup bids farewell to over half its nations, we pick our stand-outs from the twelve unfortunate squads that have already departed New Zealand.

FAQ: Who'll win in Wellington on Saturday?

The talking heads have all come out of the woodwork in advance of Saturday’s showdown. But who are they tipping to prevail?

Wilkinson and Flood will hold shoot-out to determine first-choice kicker

The duo’s rivalry has existed for a long, long time… Now it’s personal (sort of).

Simon Hick's View from the Frontline: youth and young manhood

Warren Gatland will lead a fresh-faced Welsh side out to face Ireland this weekend. Here’s why.

8 things you (probably) didn't know about Craig Joubert

Ahead of Saturday’s showdown, we take a look at the man who will be calling the shots.

The Happy Camper: the joys of living in a van

“Tosh arrives over to make the deposit in our laundry press. CLICK, FLOP: a pair of boxer shorts lands with unwavering precision in the middle of my bowl, breakfast is over.”

Ireland v Wales: the three key battles

We present the three most important individual encounters likely to influence the big game on Saturday. Let us know if you disagree.

Injury concern Best confirmed as good to go for quarter-final

The Ulster man was a doubt for the Rugby World Cup quarter-final because of bruised AC shoulder joint which he picked up in the impressive win over Italy last weekend in Dunedin.

The Morning Score: Thursday Early Doors This post contains videos

The Morning Score: Thursday

Rugby or football? Andorra or Wales? Daddy or chips?

Four changes for Welsh side to face Ireland

Warren Gatland named the 15 men he hopes will end Ireland’s World Cup dream on Saturday morning in Wellington.

Wednesday 5 October, 2011

Three Welshmen who could end Ireland's World Cup dream

Wales’s young and exciting line-up has been making waves at this World Cup. Meet the stars most likely to do some damage against Ireland on Saturday morning.

Eliota Fuimaono-Sapolu's punishment upheld by the IRB Protests This post contains videos

Eliota Fuimaono-Sapolu's punishment upheld by the IRB

The centre’s ban from rugby-related activity will remain in place until his disciplinary hearing reconvenes on the 15th of October.