Georgia forwards coach Graham Rowntree is ‘technically one of the best’

Georgia forwards coach Graham Rowntree is ‘technically one of the best’

Wales wary of Georgia’s forward power heading into World Cup clash.

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Cheslin Kolbe confirms he avoided injury in South Africa’s loss to New Zealand

Cheslin Kolbe confirms he avoided injury in South Africa’s loss to New Zealand

Toulouse Springbok star ready to keep on scything through World Cup defences.

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Farrell urges England to tap into nation’s love for big tournaments

Farrell urges England to tap into nation’s love for big tournaments

Eddie Jones’ side begin their World Cup campaign against Tonga on Sunday.

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Gatland: Wales players have contacted Howley from Japan

Gatland: Wales players have contacted Howley from Japan

The assistant coach was sent home from the World Cup for allegedly breaching World Rugby betting rules.

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Courtney Lawes: England have given everything to prepare for World Cup

Courtney Lawes: England have given everything to prepare for World Cup

Eddie Jones’ side are joint-second favourites for the tournament ahead of their opening Pool C clash against Tonga on Sunday.

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Beauden Barrett: 'It is good that we have it up our sleeve'

Beauden Barrett: 'It is good that we have it up our sleeve'

Beauden Barrett feels a new generation of All Blacks are ready to take on the world after their impressive Pool B defeat of South Africa on Saturday.

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New Zealand blitz South Africa in heavyweight encounter

New Zealand blitz South Africa in heavyweight encounter

New Zealand did enough in a first-half blitz to take advantage in Pool B.

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Rory should be regarded as one of Ireland’s Best, says O’Driscoll

Rory should be regarded as one of Ireland’s Best, says O’Driscoll

Ireland’s most-capped player has thrown his weight behind skipper Rory Best.

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France edge out Argentina with late drop-goal

France edge out Argentina with late drop-goal

France run out 23-21 winners over spirited Argentina side

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The rise of Retallica

The rise of Retallica

As befits a keen mechanic who was brought up to know his way around souping up classic vehicles, New Zealand’s Brodie Retallick is the All Black who provides the main engine, the horsepower, and the oil for this 2019 juggernaut

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'He has got better with age - he's like a good wine.'

'He has got better with age - he's like a good wine.'

Wales boss pays tribute to 34-year-old skipper as he equals Gethin Jenkins’ cap record.

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Scotland ready to tackle Typhoon Tapah and Ireland, says Greig Laidlaw

Scotland ready to tackle Typhoon Tapah and Ireland, says Greig Laidlaw

A powerful weather system building over the East China Sea is one thing, but Joe Schmidt’s side also lie in wait for Scotland on Sunday.

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Australia survive scare to make winning World Cup start against Fiji

Australia survive scare to make winning World Cup start against Fiji

Australia found salvation in their driving line-out as they survived a scare to dispatch Fiji 39-21 in their World Cup opener at the Sapporo Dome.

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Wainwright to make World Cup debut for Wales against Georgia

Wainwright to make World Cup debut for Wales against Georgia

Wales head coach Warren Gatland has named a powerful line-for his side’s tournament opener.

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Murray and Sexton 'well able to look after themselves', says O'Mahony

Murray and Sexton 'well able to look after themselves', says O'Mahony

Peter O’Mahony says Ireland’s halves combination will be on their guard in World Cup opener.

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Stockdale backs Ireland’s back three

Stockdale backs Ireland’s back three

The prolific Ulster try-scorer is hungry for more success at the World Cup.

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It doesn’t need to be pretty, but a winning start is imperative

It doesn’t need to be pretty, but a winning start is imperative

Our rugby analyst on where Ireland must get it right against Scotland

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‘The last World Cup we had really big plans. This feels a bit different’

‘The last World Cup we had really big plans. This feels a bit different’

Few sports like to highlight the collective more than rugby but Conor Murray will stand alone in at least one respect against Scotland this week-end.

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A discernible buzz of confidence but Schmidt warns of distraction

A discernible buzz of confidence but Schmidt warns of distraction

The 2019 Rugby World Cup is finally underway and before too long, it will be Ireland’s turn to get their campaign up and running. It will hardly be the gentlest of introductions to this global gathering of the sport’s greatest exponents, though, and the fact that Joe Schmidt’s men have to face Six Nations rivals Scotland first up tomorrow has shaped everything that has gone before this summer.

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Eye on Scotland: In the marginal calls, Townsend has gone with experience. Here's why...

Eye on Scotland: In the marginal calls, Townsend has gone with experience. Here's why...

TOKYO — It has been decidedly low-key this week in and around the Scotland team base in the opulent Grand Prince Hotel Takanawa in the Shinagawa area of Tokyo. Not in a bad way. It just feels like after nearly three months of training camps and ever-increasing hype, there is nothing left to say or do — it is now time to get into the action. And while they might not be shouting it from the rooftops, there is definitely a deep-rooted sense of belief within the group that tomorrow’s World Cup opener against Ireland is a match they can win.

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Regrets, remorse, pride, pain, loss: What being at a World Cup with Ireland is really like

Regrets, remorse, pride, pain, loss: What being at a World Cup with Ireland is really like

Nigel Carr loved going to Dublin. If Northern Ireland in 1987 was reduced from the friendliest of communities into an angry parochial backwater, then Dublin was an escape from all that, Grafton Street with its bustle and noise, Baggot Street with its pubs.

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Eye on New Zealand: World Cup crazy doesn't faze the All Blacks these days

Eye on New Zealand: World Cup crazy doesn't faze the All Blacks these days

TOKYO — The funny thing about World Cups is that they help the All Blacks find their inner Zen.

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Eye on South Africa: The surest indicator that South Africa has earned testy Hansen's attention

Eye on South Africa: The surest indicator that South Africa has earned testy Hansen's attention

CAPE TOWN - After years of inane platitudes from All Black coach Steve Hansen about the rivalry with the Boks after his side racked up record scores against their old foes, things changed this week.

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A changing of the guard or a World Cup final warm-up?

A changing of the guard or a World Cup final warm-up?

Today’s meeting between New Zealand and South Africa will be their 99th.

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Eddie Jones joy at England honour

Eddie Jones joy at England honour

An emotional Eddie Jones choked back the tears as he reflected on what it meant to guide England into the 2019 World Cup.

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#RWC2019: Euphoria and despair will meet in Japan

#RWC2019: Euphoria and despair will meet in Japan

When rugby went professional — officially, at least — in 1995, Shannon won the first of their four-in-a-row AIL titles.

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Johann van Graan: 'I don't believe it matters who you face, you've just got to beat them'

Johann van Graan: 'I don't believe it matters who you face, you've just got to beat them'

The Munster Head Coach was speaking at the Irish Examiner Rugby World Cup Tournament Preview last Monday.

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Rugby World Cup Newsletter Day 2 - Heavyweight clash dominates Day 2 of Rugby World Cup

Rugby World Cup Newsletter Day 2 - Heavyweight clash dominates Day 2 of Rugby World Cup

Here's a preview of our Rugby World Cup daily newsletter, delivered direct to you mailbox every day at 4pm.

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French lieutenants: Who is in charge of French World Cup squad?

French lieutenants: Who is in charge of French World Cup squad?

No room at the top — touch of farce as France load up on off-field leaders after a disappointing Six Nations. But who is really in charge, asks James Harrington

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World Cup Referees: The 21st team in Japan

World Cup Referees: The 21st team in Japan

This Rugby World Cup squad could have a major influence on the tournament — hopefully for the better.

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Finishing school: Jacob Stockdale takes talents to Rugby World Cup

Finishing school: Jacob Stockdale takes talents to Rugby World Cup

Twenty-one caps into his international career, Jacob Stockdale takes his try-scoring talents onto the world stage for the first time

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It’s oddly unnerving: Springboks delighted and united under Rassie

It’s oddly unnerving: Springboks delighted and united under Rassie

There is something unnerving about the Springboks travelling to a Rugby World Cup in a complete state of readiness, carrying confidence, form and the apparently universal support of the entire country.

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James Ryan sure lineout can be a source of strength for Ireland

James Ryan sure lineout can be a source of strength for Ireland

James Ryan has no doubt but that Ireland's lineout can be a source of real strength for the team as their World Cup opener against Scotland approaches.

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Russia open scoring in Rugby World Cup but Japan have the last laugh

Russia open scoring in Rugby World Cup but Japan have the last laugh

It was a Russian who kicked off Rugby World Cup 2019, another who scored the tournament’s first try but the last laugh most certainly belonged to Japan as the hosts eventually got off to a flying start.

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There are certain tartan treats guaranteed when Scotland take to the field

There are certain tartan treats guaranteed when Scotland take to the field

David Barnes on 10 things to look out for from Ireland's pool rivals at the World Cup.

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Hansen warns of ‘five or six’ rivals in hunt for World Cup glory

Hansen warns of ‘five or six’ rivals in hunt for World Cup glory

New Zealand are chasing a third successive world title in Japan.

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Japan overpower Russia in Rugby World Cup opening game

Japan overpower Russia in Rugby World Cup opening game

Hosts Japan kicked off their Rugby World Cup campaign with a convincing win over Russia

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Australia captain Hooper relishing Pocock back-row partnership

Australia captain Hooper relishing Pocock back-row partnership

The Wallabies begin their campaign in Sapporo on Saturday.

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Furlong throws support behind Ireland captain Best ahead of World Cup opener

Furlong throws support behind Ireland captain Best ahead of World Cup opener

Best will win his 121st cap at his fourth World Cup when Ireland square up to Scotland on Sunday.

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Healy credits sumo chat for confidence boost before Scotland clash

Healy credits sumo chat for confidence boost before Scotland clash

Leinster strongman Healy is ready for a scrum wrestle with the Scots.

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Townsend names experienced Scotland XV for Ireland clash

Townsend names experienced Scotland XV for Ireland clash

Gregor Townsend has opted to name an experienced line-up ahead of Scotland’s World Cup opener against Ireland.

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England are ready for World Cup rollercoaster – head coach Jones

England are ready for World Cup rollercoaster – head coach Jones

Jones has selected his strongest available starting XV to take on the big-hitting Islanders on Sunday.

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Van der Flier set for opportunity of a lifetime

Van der Flier set for opportunity of a lifetime

It’s easy to forget just how big this weekend will be for the players.

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Joe Schmidt backs Larmour and Conway to handle slippery conditions in Rugby World Cup opener

Joe Schmidt backs Larmour and Conway to handle slippery conditions in Rugby World Cup opener

Grand Slam winner Larmour, 22, will make his World Cup debut at the Yokohama International Stadium on Sunday as Ireland’s starting full-back, with Conway making his tournament bow on the right wing after head coach Joe Schmidt named his matchday squad to the face their Six Nations rivals this morning.

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The final say: Who will win the William Webb Ellis trophy?

The final say: Who will win the William Webb Ellis trophy?

“New Zealand are not the standout like years gone by. South Africa are now; I think we all had that feeling, it was coming, at the right time. Just because I know (Michael) Cheika, Australia will get their act together but there is only so much they can do and they have a lot of issues.

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‘Proud Aussie’ Johnson has changed into more than tartan

‘Proud Aussie’ Johnson has changed into more than tartan

Ireland aren’t the only country to have embraced the residency ruling.

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‘My son had gone to bed with a migraine he was so stressed after the Ireland game. He was ten’

‘My son had gone to bed with a migraine he was so stressed after the Ireland game. He was ten’

Eddie O’Sullivan curls a smile and offers a bald, one-word answer when asked to sum up his experiences of Rugby World Cups.

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Blossoms bid to bloom on opening night

Blossoms bid to bloom on opening night

As Japan prepares to get Asia’s first Rugby World Cup underway at the Tokyo Stadium tonight (11.45am Irish time), it would be all too easy to forget their opponents as the planet turns its gaze towards the Brave Blossoms.

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Forget the Rugby World Cup pool stages, emerging from hotels is a challenge in itself

Forget the Rugby World Cup pool stages, emerging from hotels is a challenge in itself

We’d been warned about the trains. Or, to be more accurate, the stations. People with experience of Japan looked on us with pity, like raw recruits being sent over the top to impending doom. Ominous warnings were sounded and tales told of underground labyrinths teeming with commuters and the odd tourist rooted to the spot in awe and confusion.

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