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Rugby - Thursday 17 October, 2019

England drop 'disappointed' George Ford to bench for Australia quarter-final

Eddie Jones has sprung a big surprise by bringing Henry Slade into the team at outside centre.

Hansen picks Goodhue and Lienert-Brown in All Blacks midfield to face Ireland

The Kiwis have opted for Codie Taylor at hooker ahead of Dane Coles.

Ireland will not appeal Aki ban as Herring flies in to replace Cronin

The Ireland centre’s World Cup is now definitely over but he will remain in Japan.

'My wife thought I was going to have a heart attack with the state I was' - Earls

The Ireland wing is more relaxed than ever about a World Cup quarter-final against New Zealand.

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Rugby - Wednesday 16 October, 2019

Japan inspired to honour 'Mr Rugby' against South Africa

Seiji Hirao passed away three years ago on Sunday having established himself as one of the country’s most important figures in the sport.

Moody: 'We sort of owe Ireland one'

New Zealand prop Joe Moody says the All Blacks are keen to set the record straight against Ireland this weekend.

Ireland looking for blend of experience and form in team to face All Blacks

Joe Schmidt has some important decisions to confirm tomorrow.

Herring set to join Ireland's World Cup squad as Cronin suffers injury

The Ulster hooker has won eight caps in this Test career so far.

Wales want 'incredible' Gatland to end on a World Cup high

Defeat on Sunday would spell the end of the New Zealander’s 12-year reign.

Joe Schmidt has transformed Ireland's approach to facing the All Blacks

‘I think it provokes excitement, it provokes a little bit of anxiety.’

O'Mahony primed for the 'biggest' game of his career against All Blacks

The Munster man will play in his first World Cup knock-out game on Saturday.

Schmidt v Hansen: The decisive bout in a memorable rivarly

This weekend’s World Cup quarter-final between Ireland and New Zealand will be the fifth, and potentially final meeting between two of rugby’s most successful head coaches.

Scottish Rugby Union hopes for a 'fair hearing' after misconduct charge

The SRU has questioned whether it is ‘appropriate’ for World Rugby to charge them.

Rugby - Tuesday 15 October, 2019

Tonga hooker handed seven-week ban for incident in win over USA

Agen will be without Paula Ngauamo for a substantial period after he kicked an opponent in the face.

Vunipola 'very likely' to line out for England against Australia

The number eight has returned to full training and England are confident he’ll be ruled fit for Saturday morning’s clash.

All Blacks don't feel defeats to Ireland are relevant to World Cup quarter-final

Attack coach Ian Foster wasn’t interested in discussing Andy Farrell’s defensive success against the Kiwis.

World Rugby refutes allegations made against Ireland in Sunday Times

World Rugby COO Alan Gilpin confirmed no discussion took place with the IRFU regarding Japan’s pool fixture against Scotland.

Healy: 'It's a do or die game'

Cian Healy says that Ireland are relishing the opportunity of taking on reigning World Cup champions New Zealand in their quarter-final on Saturday.

Ireland waiting to make decision on appealing Aki's three-game ban

The Connacht man’s World Cup is over unless Ireland launch a successful appeal.

World Rugby refers Scottish Rugby Union to independent disputes committee

The Scots threatened legal action against the game’s governing body last week.

Nigel Owens appointed to referee Ireland's clash with the All Blacks

Angus Gardner and Pascal Guazere will be on the sidelines for the clash in Tokyo.

Ireland's Sexton and Hammond recall visit to Japan as 16-year-olds

St Mary’s College visited Japan in 2002 for a schools rugby competition.

'Guys were very emotional at the last World Cup after winning a pool game'

Ireland believe they’re mentally in a better place to make history against the All Blacks on Saturday.

All Blacks claim they got the quarter-final they wanted after avoiding Japan

Steve Hansen said he was keen to steer clear of the in-form hosts, who topped Pool A.

Rugby - Monday 14 October, 2019

South Africa international Etzebeth takes rights watchdog to High Court over racism case

The 27-year-old Springbok is accused of using racist slurs against four men.

'Joe Schmidt will have an array of plays ready for this New Zealand defence'

Murray Kinsella and Eoin Toolan look ahead to Saturday’s World Cup quarter-final against the All Blacks.

Bundee Aki's World Cup is over after being handed a three-match ban

The Connacht man was red-carded for a high tackle against Samoa on Saturday.

Three Irish referees set for Champions Cup duty as appointments confirmed

Frank Murphy, Andrew Brace and George Clancy will take charge of pool stage fixtures next month.

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Leinster power on, Fitzgerald impresses and Munster slip up in South Africa

Miss any of the weekend’s Pro14 action? Catch up right here.

Japan hit world rankings high ahead of Springboks showdown

The Brave Blossoms jump ahead of France into seventh.

Hansen: 'Joe does a lot of studies... I might be able to set him up'

The All Blacks head coach is hoping to lure Schmidt into a few traps on Saturday.

Friend thrilled to see Fitzgerald's 'immense skill-set come to the fore'

The 22-year-old out-half is making the most of Jack Carty’s absence.

'The difference now is we're not favourites going into this quarter-final'

Ireland have never won a World Cup knock-out game but Joe Schmidt’s men are quietly confident.

'We're grateful for the opportunity to inspire Japan and we showed that'

Japan aren’t finished in this World Cup yet after setting up a quarter-final with the Springboks.

Sexton bemused by criticism of Ireland as Schmidt's side gear up for All Blacks

The 34-year-old out-half says the Kiwis are accustomed to dealing with the pressure of being favourites.

Rugby - Sunday 13 October, 2019

'Some of the generals wanted me executed and that sort of craic'

Willie Anderson’s career took him to places far more frightening than the teeth of an All Black haka.

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.

France head coach Brunel defends decision to send Ramos home

Despite having his World Cup cut short by injury, the fullback played all 80 minutes for Toulouse yesterday.

Ireland to face favourites New Zealand in Rugby World Cup quarter-finals

Joe Schmidt’s side will take on the number one team in the world in Tokyo next Saturday.