Rugby World Cup

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Kyle Sinckler in action for England during last Friday’s win over Italy in Newcastle. Photograph: EPA

The 2019 Rugby World Cup does not kick off until Friday week, but the chances of a mellow, uneventful tournament already feel remote. The typhoon that(...)

Ireland  captain Rory Best receives a standing ovation as he leaves the field. Photograph: Tom Honan

Rory Best acknowledged the standing ovation with a faint smile and a wave as he departed from the pitch to be replaced by Sean Cronin. He would receiv(...)

Philip Browne, IRFU chief executive and Vodafone Ireland chief executive Anne O’Leary. Vodafone has extended its sponsorship deal with the IRFU for another four years

Vodafone has extended its sponsorship deal with the IRFU for another four years, in a deal believed to be worth €16 million. The sponsorship extensio(...)

 With a physical battle expected against the Springboks, Japan captain Michael Leitch is joined in the backrow by Pieter Labuschagne and Amanaki Mafi. Photograph:  Visionhaus/Getty Images

Friday’s Test against South Africa is a “must-perform” match for Japan, coach Jamie Joseph said after naming a strong squad for the contest as the Bra(...)

The pitch at Nissan Stadium was in a sorry state when it hosted a recent match in Japan’s top-tier football competition. Photograph: Getty Images

Rugby union has never been synonymous with luscious green grass and impeccable playing surfaces. But the venue for this year’s Rugby World Cup final d(...)

Ireland’s coach Joe Schmidt: ‘I think there’s always doubt in your mind when you first start a Rugby World Cup build-up.’ Photograph: Adam Davy/PA Wire

The 31-man Irish Rugby World Cup squad announced on Monday is the product of four years’ planning, albeit the coaches clearly kept an open mind until (...)

England’s Courtney Lawes and Maro Itoje, and Ireland’s Devin Toner in their pre-World Cup friendly at Twickenham on August 24th. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Devin Toner’s omission from Ireland’s Rugby World Cup squad constitutes a surprise based on his contribution to the national side in a career that cur(...)

Bundee Aki on the ball during Ireland’s recent win in Cardiff. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Backs Bundee Aki (Connacht) Age: 29 Height: 6’ Weight: 101kg (15st 12lbs) Caps: 19 Ireland have a midfield logjam but since qualifying and making h(...)

Joe Schmidt: “I’ve coached Dev for 10 years and he’s not just a lineout champion for us, he’s such a good player but he’s also an absolutely quality person.” Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Joe Schmidt has revealed the extent of his anguish in informing those players who did not make Ireland’s 31-man squad, and none was assuredly more dif(...)

Jean Kleyn got the nod ahead of Devin Toner as a specialist tighthead secondrow. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Joe Schmidt’s reasoning for Devin Toner’s exclusion from Ireland’s 31-man World Cup squad is based primarily on scrum power and a belief that Iain Hen(...)

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