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Rugby - Saturday 19 October, 2019

A sorry end to the Schmidt era as All Blacks obliterate Ireland at the World Cup

Despite huge Irish support, Schmidt’s side were dire to record yet another quarter-final defeat.

Watch: Disaster for Ireland as New Zealand strike for three early tries

Ireland have been left with a mountain to climb after New Zealand raced into a 17-0 lead in Tokyo.

Jones insists England can get even better after impressive victory over Australia

The head coach says he’s like to face the All Blacks in the last four.

Distraught Cheika says Wallabies 'gave it everything'

After Australia lost their Rugby World Cup quarter-final to England, the former Leinster boss struggled to contain his disappointment.

May's double sends England past Australia and into World Cup semi-final

Eddie Jones’ side flexed their muscle in the first of the quarter-final ties in Oita.

As it happened: New Zealand v Ireland, Rugby World Cup quarter-final

The All Blacks stood between Ireland and a first-ever appearance in the RWC semi-final…

All Blacks stand in the way as Ireland target first-ever World Cup semi-final

‘There’s nothing we can do about the previous results,’ said Ireland out-half Johnny Sexton.

Lam's Bristol start Premiership season with derby battering of Bath

Nathan Hughes made a big impact on his Premiership debut, while Luke Morahan claimed a brace.

As it happened: England v Australia, Rugby World Cup quarter-final

Eddie Jones and Michael Cheika pit their wits together with a place in the semi-final on the line.

'I realised that he never really treated me like a girl or a boy... he completely let me be who I wanted to be'

Ireland star Louise Galvin delves into the positive influence sport – and role models like her late father – have had on her life.

Three cheers, two fingers for Ireland's only other RWC meeting with the All Blacks

Ireland’s Rugby World Cup story has only featured a cameo appearance from the All Blacks.

Rugby - Friday 18 October, 2019

Dublin, Chicago and Hamilton - Ireland's last 5 meetings with New Zealand

Ireland’s recent record against New Zealand has produced a mix of crushing lows and historic highs over the years.

Friday night Dublin derby tops the bill in this weekend's All-Ireland League action

Your Division 1A and 1B previews are right here.

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Reece and Bridge can give All Blacks a 'fearless' edge against Ireland

Ian Foster says the defending champions are expecting a few tricks to be pulled from Joe Schmidt’s sleeve.

Sexton: 'We've been reared on knock-out rugby... we should use our experiences'

The Ireland out-half travelled to Tokyo Stadium without his team-mates today.

'The more often you play them, the more you realise they're just 15 blokes as well' All Blacks This post contains videos

'The more often you play them, the more you realise they're just 15 blokes as well'

Jamie Heaslip looks back at the highs and lows of playing the All Blacks.

Highly-rated attack coach De Bruin takes up role with Southern Kings

The ex-Lions coach has stepped away from high profile roles to work as a consultant with the Pro14 side.

Penaud and Dupont passed fit for France's quarter-final showdown with Wales

Jacques Brunel has made just one change to the side which began in such impressive fashion against Argentina.

Japan 'trying to forget' Brighton Miracle as they make enforced change for Springbok clash

‘We have some players from then, and it was an amazing achievement, but we’re working on our own things.’

The All Blacks have always loomed large for Kiwi native Joe Schmidt

The Ireland head coach and Steve Hansen have had some great battles since 2013.

Wales' Biggar given all clear from second head knock to play France

Jonathan Davies was also named in Warren Gatland’s XV after shaking off a knee problem.

Rich rewards were hard-earned as 2016 crop lit the way for Ireland against NZ

‘I don’t think the boys in the restaurant were too pleased when we all walked in – especially seeing Andrew Porter!’

'It shows you that they're human' - Chicago changed everything for Ireland

Ireland scrum-half Conor Murray underlined the confidence within Joe Schmidt’s squad.

'It’s not a thing I’d do' - Schmidt insists he hasn't called on ROG for inside info

The former Ireland out-half spent two seasons working with the Crusaders.

Rugby - Thursday 17 October, 2019

Kiwi World Cup doubt lies just under the skin, if Ireland can dig in

Even with three World Cups to their name, New Zealand’s past in the tournament is a painful one.

How are the teams shaping up entering the World Cup quarter-finals in Japan?

As the Rugby World Cup enters the knock-out stages, we take a look at the health of the eight quarter-finalists ahead of a massive weekend in Japan.

Analysis: How can Ireland go about beating the All Blacks in Tokyo?

It will be fascinating to see how Joe Schmidt’s team go about attacking Richie Mo’unga off lineouts.

The lineout duel: New Zealand's quick-draw throws can be disrupted by Ireland

Ireland can throw New Zealand off kilter by slowing them down at lineout time, says Andy Dunne.

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The haka remains 'very sacred and very special' according to the All Blacks

Ireland unforgettably faced the All Blacks in the figure of eight in 2016 in Chicago.

'ROG has been awesome... He’s very determined like all the other Irish are'

Ronan O’Gara has had an influence on several of the All Blacks players.

Kolbe back for 'Boks as Rassie embraces favourites' tag against Japan

‘I’m not one of those coaches who sits here and says to you ‘I’m not really sure’, because we prepare to win.’

'I trust him infinitely' - Aussies to unleash teen Petaia on England

Michael Cheika has made five changes for the clash in Oita.

Henshaw and Ringrose the more tested midfield combo against All Blacks

The All Blacks have plenty of experience but some relatively new combinations.

Joe Schmidt has picked an Ireland 23 with the ingredients to beat the All Blacks

The head coach is backing players who have earned his trust over recent seasons.

Kiwi pundits write off Ireland's quarter-final hopes

Former All Black half-back Justin Marshall says Joe Schmidt’s men have failed to reach the standards they set in recent years.

O'Mahony 'a big moments player' for Ireland as Schmidt backs experience

The Ireland head coach said there were up to six tough selection calls in his team this week.

Kearney and O'Mahony recalled as Schmidt names team to face All Blacks

Joe Schmidt’s starting XV has 886 caps worth of Test rugby experience.

Uruguay in hot water over Rugby World Cup nightclub incident

Damage was allegedly caused to a nightclub in Kumamoto.

From heartbreak to heroic: How each Ireland player has fared against the All Blacks

There are players in the Ireland squad with over a decade of experience against the All Blacks under their belt, while others have only a handful of minutes.