Japan players celebrate after the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool B match between Samoa. Photograph: Dan Mullan/Getty Images

Japan 26 Samoa 5 Japan’s hopes of reaching the World Cup quarter-finals remain very much alive after their extraordinary tournament continued w(...)

Cian Healy and Paul O’Connell taking part in   Ireland’s squad training session at  St George’s Park, Burton-upon-Trent. Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

It’s Wembley. The forecast is set fair. The attendance is set to nudge the World Cup record of 89,019 set at the same venue last Sunday for the New(...)

As in other sports, there’s nothing quite like it; the only tournament that brings all the leading and developing nations together on a relatively equ(...)

Simon Zebo is the one surprise in an otherwise anticipated selection with Dave Kearney on the wing. Photograph: Inpho

If the stakes weren’t high in any case for an Anglo-Irish sporting set-to, the need to avoid a second successive defeat before the World Cup kicks off(...)

Darren Cave is set to provide midfield cover for Robbie Henshaw and Jared Payneat the World Cup. Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/Inpho

As has been the case with other World Cup squad selections, there was always going to be some risk-taking when Joe Schmidt and his coaches finalise(...)

Justin Tipuric is tackled by Ireland’s Iain Henderson on Saturday. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

On Friday I felt Wales required a bigger performance than Ireland. That certainly arrived and that Ireland couldn’t dictate as they did in Cardiff is (...)

Ireland’s Iain Henderson is tackled by Wales’ Gethin Jenkins and captain Alun Wyn Jones during the World Cup Warm Up Match at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. Photo: Brian Lawless/PA

Iain Henderson was moving house this weekend — 24 hours after effectively making himself an immovable World Cup option for Ireland head coach Joe Schm(...)

Ireland’s Iain Henderson in action in the World Cup warm-up match against Wales at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph:   Cathal McNaughton/Action Images via Reuters/Livepic 11:57

Ireland 10 Wales 16 The cascading rain that enveloped the Aviva stadium for the final 10 minutes of the contest provided a suitably leaden hued backdr(...)

Welsh referee Nigel Owens will take charge of Ireland’s key World Cup pool game against France in Cardiff. Photograph:  Billy Stickland/Inpho

Ireland’s potentially pivotal Rugby World Cup pool match against France at the Millennium Stadium on Sunday, October 11th, will be refereed by everyon(...)

George Clancy: part of a 12-member panel that will referee at Rugby World Cup 2015. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Ireland’s George Clancy and John Lacey have been chosen as part of a 12-member panel that will referee at Rugby World Cup 2015. World Rugby also co(...)