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Japan’s Kenki Fukuoka   touches down to score their fourth try against Scotland. Photograph:   Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

By half-time in Yokohama you couldn’t but rethink your choice of couch attire for what was the final game in Pool A, possibly even deciding to swap yo(...)

 Rhys Ruddock scores Ireland’s third try as John Ryan celebrates  during the  Group A game against Russia at the   Misaki Stadium  in Kobe, Hyogo, Japan. Photograph: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

Ireland 35 Russia 0 By any normal yardstick securing a bonus point just past the hour, scoring five tries in total, keeping an opposing team scoreles(...)

 Samoa’s Rey Lee-Lo  is tackled by Bogdan Fedotko and Andrei Polivalov of Russia in Samoa’s 34-9 win in  the  Rugby World Cup   in Kumagaya, Saitama, Japan. Photograph: Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

Rugby World Cup Pool A: Samoa v Scotland Kick-off: 11.15am. Venue: Kobe Misaki Stadium. How to follow: The Irish Times liveblog will begin at 10(...)

Ireland’s defence coach Andy Farrell at a press conference in Yokohama, Japan. Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Although the expectation remains that Keith Earls and Rob Kearney will not have fully recovered from quad and calf issues in time for Ireland’s openin(...)

Ireland lock Jean Kleyn during  a training session at the Ichihara Suporeka Park in Ichihara, Japan. Photograph: Charly Triballeau/AFP/Getty Images

It’s fair to say that not only is Jean Kleyn the least capped player in Ireland’s World Cup squad, but as the latest of the project players who edged (...)

Rob Howley has been sent home from the Rugby World Cup for alleged breach of betting regulations. Photograph: Andrew Fosker/Inpho

“The future can wait,” were the final words Rob Howley uttered in the last interview he gave as Wales’s attack coach, the day after the World Cup squa(...)

Chris Farrell says Jean Kleyn has followed CJ Stander and Bundee Aki’s example in committing heavily to his adopted homeland. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Chris Farrell has mounted a staunch defence of Ireland’s World Cup-bound project players, insisting Jean Kleyn has followed CJ Stander and Bundee Aki’(...)

England’s Kyle Sinckler with team-mate Mark Wilson during their victory over Italy. Photograph: Steve Bardens/RFU/The RFU Collection via Getty Images

Kyle Sinckler has insisted he is relishing the prospect of playing two matches in five days at the start of England’s World Cup campaign, claiming he (...)

Joe Schmidt: “We’re going to have to be cleaner than clean.” Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Joe Schmidt assuredly spoke for many coaches yesterday when airing his concerns over the heightened risk of losing players to yellow or red cards, and(...)

Paul O’Donovan and Fintan McCarthy  cross the line to win the Ireland trial. Photograph: Liam Gorman

Rowing might be unique in Irish sport in having two teams that are reigning world champions. And on Friday Ireland go into the final World Cup in Rott(...)

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