Japan remember their 'Mr Rugby' - The man who paved the way for 2019 success

Japan remember their 'Mr Rugby' - The man who paved the way for 2019 success

Seiji Hirao played in three World Cups and saw a fourth as Japan's head coach. He was also a superstar in his home country.

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Jonny May recalls how missing night out led to England debut as he approaches 50th cap

Jonny May recalls how missing night out led to England debut as he approaches 50th cap

Jonny May is poised to win his 50th cap for England recalling the missed drinking session that created the opportunity for his debut six years ago.

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How the Rugby World Cup numbers add up ahead of quarter-final stage

How the Rugby World Cup numbers add up ahead of quarter-final stage

Japan will feature in the knock-out stages for the first time at a Rugby World Cup.

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Greg Feek has transformed Ireland’s set-piece threat – Cian Healy

Greg Feek has transformed Ireland’s set-piece threat – Cian Healy

Former All Blacks prop Feek joined Leinster as scrum coach in 2010 and stepped up to Ireland a year later.

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SRU ready to fight corner with World Rugby over typhoon row

SRU ready to fight corner with World Rugby over typhoon row

World Rugby will look into comments made by SRU chief executive Mark Dodson.

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Easterby: We don’t accept being ‘gallant losers’ anymore

Easterby: We don’t accept being ‘gallant losers’ anymore

A lot about the dynamic between Ireland and the All Blacks has changed since the Dublin heartbreak of 2013, and Joe Schmidt has been at the centre of that shift to a more even footing.

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Healy hails Aki resilience after suspension

Healy hails Aki resilience after suspension

Cian Healy has praised Bundee Aki’s resilience in the face of a tournament-ending suspension after the centre gave his all in Ireland’s first training session for Saturday’s World Cup quarter-final against New Zealand.

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We can win the World Cup, says Wales full-back Liam Williams

We can win the World Cup, says Wales full-back Liam Williams

The Six Nations winners have to beat France and then either Japan or South Africa to reach the final.

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Vunipola facing decisive moment for quarter-final availability

Vunipola facing decisive moment for quarter-final availability

The number eight has completed running, cycling, wrestling and boxing drills as he recovers from an ankle injury.

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‘Smart’ Ireland huge challenge to All Blacks, says Foster

‘Smart’ Ireland huge challenge to All Blacks, says Foster

No one could know it at the time but Ireland’s relationship with the All Blacks changed irrevocably in November of 2013.

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World Cup’s ‘Farewell’ side gone but not forgotten

World Cup’s ‘Farewell’ side gone but not forgotten

Zander Fagersoninsists GregorTownsend is still the man to lead Scotland forward.

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Fagerson backs Townsend to lead Scotland despite World Cup woe

Fagerson backs Townsend to lead Scotland despite World Cup woe

The Dark Blues were knocked out by Japan on Sunday.

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Nigel Owens to referee Ireland's World Cup quarter-final against New Zealand

Nigel Owens to referee Ireland's World Cup quarter-final against New Zealand

The sport's governing body have opted for experienced referees for the four last-eight ties which all take place this weekend.

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Dane Coles: Irish defeats not relevant in a World Cup quarter-final

Dane Coles: Irish defeats not relevant in a World Cup quarter-final

Some things don't change with the All Blacks. Though they can play rugby with a terrifying beauty, there is a robotic consistency to the way they put opponents to the sword.

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Vunipola fitness boost for England ahead of World Cup quarter-final

Vunipola fitness boost for England ahead of World Cup quarter-final

In a major lift to Eddie Jones’ men, the powerful Saracens number eight is on course to recover from the ankle injury that forced him off at half-time against Argentina 10 days ago.

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England v Australia – past World Cup encounters

England v Australia – past World Cup encounters

The two rivals face each other in the last eight in Japan on Saturday.

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Ireland will continue to count on Aki even after World Cup ban

Ireland will continue to count on Aki even after World Cup ban

The centre will remain training with the squad.

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All Blacks: Sexton and Ireland present huge challenge

All Blacks: Sexton and Ireland present huge challenge

No-one could know it at the time but Ireland's relationship with the All Blacks changed irrevocably in November of 2013.

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World Rugby clears Ireland of accusations levelled by Sunday newspaper

World Rugby clears Ireland of accusations levelled by Sunday newspaper

World Rugby has cleared Ireland of accusations levelled by a Sunday newspaper that the IRFU applied pressure on the World Cup organisers to stop the Japan v Scotland match being rearranged in the wake of Typhoon Hagibis.

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Scotland facing punishment over lawsuit threat

Scotland facing punishment over lawsuit threat

Rugby World Cup organisers are investigating comments made amid typhoon-related doubts about the match proceeding.

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Ireland insists it is business as usual against All Blacks

Ireland insists it is business as usual against All Blacks

Johnny Sexton insists Ireland’s World Cup squad are all business as they prepare for Saturday’s quarter-final against the All Blacks, a stark contrast to four years ago when he believes they were overly emotional a week too early.

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Hakas at half-seven: Sexton reminded of his first experience of New Zealand rugby

Hakas at half-seven: Sexton reminded of his first experience of New Zealand rugby

There was a time when Johnny Sexton’s schoolboy half-back partner in Japan was Vinny Hammond.

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How to beat the best? Sexton: ‘We need to go out with that attacking mindset’

How to beat the best? Sexton: ‘We need to go out with that attacking mindset’

Whether you are beating the All Blacks five tries to four or grinding it out in a tight arm-wrestle, Johnny Sexton knows the common thread to Ireland’s recent successes against the best team in the world was to never switch off.

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Michael Cheika baffled by Ricky Stuart’s ‘weird’ England involvement

Michael Cheika baffled by Ricky Stuart’s ‘weird’ England involvement

The Australian rugby league great joined up with Eddie Jones’ squad ahead of the World Cup quarter-final against the Wallabies.

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Rest or play, who got the better deal before quarter-final?

Rest or play, who got the better deal before quarter-final?

Like it or not, last weekend’s typhoon-related cancellations in the final round of World Cup pool games have given us some inequitable quarter-final match-ups in terms of preparation times for the protagonists.

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All Blacks were all smiles, selfies, jokes and big laughs. Until now

All Blacks were all smiles, selfies, jokes and big laughs. Until now

Maybe it says everything about the way the All Blacks are that the day after they learned their final pool game against Italy had been cancelled, they woke up super early and battered themselves senseless in a training game.

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Resilience in testing times the hallmark of Japan

Resilience in testing times the hallmark of Japan

Hagibis has moved on, and the world’s attention with it, but the consequences of the deadly storm are still being felt across a broad sweep of Japan.

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Quarter-final preparation times a matter of horses for courses

Quarter-final preparation times a matter of horses for courses

Like it or not, last weekend’s typhoon-related cancellations in the final round of World Cup pool games have given us some inequitable quarter-final match-ups in terms of preparation times for the protagonists.

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Bundee Aki's World Cup is over  after receiving three-week ban

Bundee Aki's World Cup is over after receiving three-week ban

Ireland's bid to overturn Aki's red card sanction proves unsuccessful.

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Ireland fans set up Facebook page to help frantic ticket swaps

Ireland fans set up Facebook page to help frantic ticket swaps

Travelling fans have been left flat-footed after Japan top Pool A at Ireland's expense

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RWC Podcast: Ireland in a good place but All Blacks built for knockout rugby

RWC Podcast: Ireland in a good place but All Blacks built for knockout rugby

Irish Examiner rugby writers Brendan O'Brien and Simon Lewis look ahead to the World Cup quarter-finals.

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'People still think it's a load of rubbish... That's fair enough' says writer of Ireland's Call

'People still think it's a load of rubbish... That's fair enough' says writer of Ireland's Call

The writer of 'Ireland's Call' says he expected some backlash to the anthem when it was first presented.

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Letter from Japan: Resilience makes the most indelible impression of all

Letter from Japan: Resilience makes the most indelible impression of all

Hagibis has moved on, and the world's attention with it, but the consequences of the deadly storm are still being felt across a broad sweep of Japan.

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Townsend admits eliminated Scotland need to improve in defence

Townsend admits eliminated Scotland need to improve in defence

The Dark Blues have crashed out of a World Cup at the group stage for only the second time.

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'Ireland will need something special' - New Zealand press reacts to Ireland quarter-final

'Ireland will need something special' - New Zealand press reacts to Ireland quarter-final

New Zealand press not giving Joe Schmidt's side much chance of causing an upset.

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Wales’ class of 2011 still hurting over France semi-final defeat – Gatland

Wales’ class of 2011 still hurting over France semi-final defeat – Gatland

Wales suffered an agonising World Cup loss to France in Auckland eight years ago.

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WATCH: The best tries of the #RWC2019 pool stages

WATCH: The best tries of the #RWC2019 pool stages

We've rounded up the best tries of the Rugby World Cup group stages, featuring some outrageous rugby skills.

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New Zealand boss Hansen looks to turn Schmidt's strengths into a weakness

New Zealand boss Hansen looks to turn Schmidt's strengths into a weakness

Hansen was in typically mischievous mood when he set the scene on Monday.

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Johnny Sexton says Ireland are hitting their peak ahead of All Blacks clash

Johnny Sexton says Ireland are hitting their peak ahead of All Blacks clash

The fly-half says the negativity around the country’s World Cup campaign is “strange”.

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Legal brief arrives as Ireland plead mitigation for Bundee Aki

Legal brief arrives as Ireland plead mitigation for Bundee Aki

Bundee Aki will head into a disciplinary hearing in Tokyo today to decide his World Cup fate with the backing of old friends from the Samoa camp as Ireland hoped for clemency for their centre ahead of this weekend’s quarter-finals.

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Joe Schmidt gushes over ‘irrepressible’ Jordan Larmour

Joe Schmidt gushes over ‘irrepressible’ Jordan Larmour

Are we witnessing a changing of the guard in Ireland’s last line of defence?

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No panic stations as Farrell drills Ireland for red peril

No panic stations as Farrell drills Ireland for red peril

Bundee Aki’s tackle may have been the topic of most conversations after Saturday’s defeat of Samoa but it was far from the only hit to take the breath away.

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Scotland's sense of injustice surely has merit

Scotland's sense of injustice surely has merit

Alan Gilpin, the under-fire Rugby World Cup tournament director, showed his face in the media room at the International Stadium in Yokohama before yesterday’s crucial World Cup Pool A match between host nation Japan and Scotland.

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Back to that quarter-final glass ceiling for Ireland

Back to that quarter-final glass ceiling for Ireland

It might not have been the route they envisaged but Ireland have reached their initial destination, although the question remains whether this is finally the time to venture into virgin territory.

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Day 26 at the Rugby World Cup: Scotland bow out against hosts Japan

Day 26 at the Rugby World Cup: Scotland bow out against hosts Japan

The storm left at least two dozen people dead and scores more injured but the game went ahead and Japan secured a thrilling 28-21 victory.

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Furlong: Ireland cannot switch off in World Cup quarter-final with New Zealand

Furlong: Ireland cannot switch off in World Cup quarter-final with New Zealand

Tadhg Furlong has warned that to switch off even for a second against New Zealand will cost Ireland the chance of a maiden World Cup semi-final.

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Scotland out as Japan win World Cup thriller

Scotland out as Japan win World Cup thriller

Japan's win sets up quarter-final clash against South Africa as Ireland set to take on the All Blacks.

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