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Bundee Aki hugs Samoa’s Rey Lee-Lo after Ireland’s win in Fukuoka. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The one fly in Ireland’s ointment following Saturday’s commanding win over Samoa was the 29th minute sending-off of Bundee Aki. Derek Hegarty, a solic(...)

Japan’s Michael Leitch  and Yu Tamura  celebrate victory over Scotland in Yokohama,  Japan. Photograph: Dan Mullan/Getty Images

Hanpa nai! The Japan rugby team have come screaming from the edges of expectation and reason to make this Rugby World Cup their own coming-out party. (...)

Rescue personnel use boats to evacuate people and care-givers from the Kawagoe Kings Garden elderly care centre in Kawagoe city, Saitama prefecture, on Sunday. Photograph: Kazuhiro Nogi/ AFP via Getty Images

At least 33 people have died and many others others are missing after one of the most powerful typhoons in decades struck wide areas of Japan’s main i(...)

Japan’s wing Kenki Fukuoka scores a try during the  Rugby World Cup Pool A match against  Scotland at the International Stadium in Yokohama. Photograph:  Odd Andersen/AFP via Getty Images

Japan 28 Scotland 21 Some days a country is unbeatable. Ireland against England under Croke Park’s glare in 2007. New Zealand the week after any All (...)

Scotland’s clash with tournament hosts Japan will go ahead on Sunday morning. Photograph: Dan Mullan/Getty

The IRFU have released a statement asking The Times (UK) rugby journalist Stephen Jones to withdraw “scurrlilous and untrue” allegations that Ireland (...)

Fans arrive at the Yokohama Stadium for Japan’s clash with Scotland. Photograph: David Davies/PA

Scotland’s Rugby World Cup fate will be decided on the pitch after their Group A clash with Japan was given the go-ahead following a stadium inspectio(...)

Ireland’s Jonathan Sexton impressed in his team’s bonus point win against Samoa at the Fukuoka Hakatanomori Stadium. Photograph: Getty Images

Ireland’s 45-7 victory over Samoa was excellent when weighted with the pre-match considerations. The pitch issues, pressure borne of expectation and a(...)

A man walks through debris of damaged houses by a tornado caused by typhoon Hagibis in Ichihara, Chiba Prefecture, east of Tokyo, October 12th 2019. Photograph: EPA/Jiji Press

One man was killed and more than 3 million people were advised to evacuate as a powerful typhoon bore down on the Japanese capital on Saturday, bringi(...)

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt checks the surface at the Hakatanomori Stadium in  Fukuoka ahead of the Rugby World Cup Pool A game against Samoa on Saturday. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Rugby World Cup – Pool A: Ireland v Samoa, Hakatanomori Stadium, Fukuoka, Saturday, 7.45pm local time/11.45am Irish time. TV: Live on RTÉ, Eir Sport a(...)

Jack Dempsey of Australia scores his team’s third try during the Rugby World Cup 2019 Group D match against Georgia. Photo: Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

Australia 27 Georgia 8 Australia made heavy work of it in difficult conditions but outlasted a tough Georgia team to round out their Rugby World Cup (...)

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