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#World Cup

# world-cup - Friday 11 October, 2019

Cheika hopeful over Beale fitness as Wallabies look to last-eight clash

The Australia star played just 13 minutes of the win over Georgia, but his coach says his head injury is not serious.

# world-cup - Thursday 10 October, 2019

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Thousands of Iranian women enjoy football match as Tehran lifts decades-old ban

The move came amid pressure from Fifa, which had threatened to ban the country if female supporters were not permitted to games.

Anger and frustration entirely fair as World Rugby's greatest fear realised

Supporters, players, and coaches are entitled to be deeply disappointed with the cancellations.

'It's ridiculous that there was no Plan B' - Italy's Parisse slams World Rugby

The Italians’ World Cup clash with the All Blacks has been cancelled.

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.

# world-cup - Wednesday 9 October, 2019

Analysis: How the threat of red cards could be favouring teams who offload

Eoin Toolan examines the All Blacks’ support play to explain their effectiveness in offloading.

World Rugby call media briefing amidst fears of cancelled World Cup games

The super typhoon is currently forecast to hit Yokohama and the Tokyo area on Saturday.

As it happened: Wales v Fiji, Rugby World Cup

We went minute-by-minute as Warren Gatland’s men took their chance to reach the quarter-finals.

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.

Getting the ball into Stockdale's hands would be a good start for Ireland's attack

Getting the ball into Stockdale's hands would be a good start for Ireland's attack

The 23-year-old hasn’t been able to register his first World Cup try yet.

# world-cup - Tuesday 8 October, 2019

Beirne hitting World Cup form after frustrating early yellow card

The Munster man has featured in all three of Ireland’s games so far.

Ireland defence coach Farrell delivers passionate opinion on tackle technique

This World Cup has seen a major focus on dangerous high tackles.

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.

# world-cup - 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.

Townsend questions 'incredible call' that aided Japan's bonus-point win over Samoa

The Scotland boss believes the World Cup hosts were fortunate to get the opportunity to score a last-gasp try.

Murphy staying with Ireland in Japan while Carbery is 'in a great place'

The Ulster back row won’t be heading home after picking up a rib injury.

World Rugby monitoring typhoon that could hit Ireland's World Cup campaign

Forecasts are suggesting that Hagibis could hit Japan this weekend.

Henshaw hungry for Ireland return after coming through 'sleepless nights'

The 26-year-old hasn’t featured at the World Cup yet.

# world-cup - Saturday 5 October, 2019

As it happened: Japan v Samoa, Rugby World Cup

It was all eyes on Ireland’s pool as hosts Japan went head-to-head with Samoa at Toyota City.

As it happened: England v Argentina, Rugby World Cup

We followed all the action from the Pool C clash in Tokyo.

'I see absolutely no similarities to 2007' - Best keeping the faith in Ireland

The Ireland skipper says it’s important not to let negativity seep into the squad in Japan.

# world-cup - Friday 4 October, 2019

As it happened: South Africa v Italy, Rugby World Cup

Relive the action as South Africa put seven tries on Italy in Shizuoka, with a second half red card killing the game as a contest.

Sexton's importance as a 'big, big leader' for Ireland underlined again

The 34-year-old impressed before being replaced at half-time in the 35-0 win over Russia.

'You don't like to see anyone going home' - Ireland hopeful on Jordi Murphy

The Ulster back row was forced off with a rib injury after just 26 minutes against Russia.

'We would have expected to be in a better place after three games' - Rory Best

The Ireland captain wants to see his side focusing on the basics that have brought them success before.

# world-cup - Thursday 3 October, 2019

As it happened: Ireland v Russia, Rugby World Cup

Ireland are out to bounce back from the humbling loss to Japan and we’re going minute-by-minute.

Carbery ruled out of Russia clash, Murray brought onto Ireland bench

The Munster playmaker has aggravated an ankle injury.

# world-cup - Wednesday 2 October, 2019

England in 2007, France in 2011, the Springboks in 2015, Ireland in 2019?

Defence coach Andy Farrell believes Ireland can bounce back from their shock defeat to Japan.

# world-cup - Monday 30 September, 2019

As it happened: Scotland v Samoa, Rugby World Cup

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

Barrett brothers on cusp of All Blacks history as Hansen makes 11 changes

The New Zealand head coach has adjusted his side significantly for Wednesday’s game against Canada.

'Joe is an excellent coach and we have full belief in him' - Sexton

The Ireland head coach has always had his critics.

# world-cup - Sunday 29 September, 2019

Cheika 'embarrassed' by refereeing inconsistencies

The Wallabies head coach was left frustrated by Romain Poite’s performance in his side’s defeat to Wales.

As it happened: Australia v Wales, Rugby World Cup Liveblog This post contains a poll

As it happened: Australia v Wales, Rugby World Cup

We followed all the action as the two heavyweights of Pool D clashed in Tokyo.

Confirmed: Jordi Murphy replaces Jack Conan in Ireland's World Cup squad

The Ulster back row will arrive in Japan today.

# world-cup - 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.

'All the Irish media were talking about South Africa' - Japan savour huge shock

The Brave Blossoms took some motivation from the Irish focus on a possible quarter-final.

'The mood of the whole country has shifted in 80 minutes'

Brian O’Driscoll and Paul O’Connell were left speechless in the ITV studio.

As it happened: Japan v Ireland, Rugby World Cup

Ireland could have wrapped up Pool A… or they could have it blown out of their hands.

Jordi Murphy on standby with Jack Conan's World Cup in doubt

The Leinster number eight is struggling with a foot injury.