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Japan’s Korean prop Koo Ji-won carries against Ireland during their Pool A match in Shizuoka. Photograph: Anne-Christine Poujoulat/AFP/Getty Images

On a sunny Wednesday morning in Ginza, the Japanese players found themselves entertaining a question that contained a mocking echo of more carefree an(...)

 Michael Leitch and Fumiaki Tanaka of Japan celebrate  following the  Group A victory over Ireland. Photograph:  Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

Japan are now a serious factor at their own 2019 World Cup. The conditions and the scheduling already in their favour, now, thanks to a brilliantly pl(...)

An Ireland supporter displays a poster before the  World Cup Pool D match between Australia and Wales at   Tokyo Stadium on Sunday. Photograph: Odd Andersen/AFP

The morning after the morning before and there was Tommy Bowe on eir Sport, fresh as a daisy and all set for the 6:15am kick-off between Georgia and U(...)

Spectators at Ireland’s opening match fixture against Scotland in Yokohama. Photograph: INPHO/Dan Sheridan

Father Donal Doyle may or may not be the oldest Irish fan in Fukuroi this weekend – he turns 88 in two weeks – but he must surely be the most conflict(...)

Rob Kearney: “With Jordan [Larmour], given we’re provincial teammates, I’ve had to endure that a lot over the last few years.” Photograph: Craig Mercer/Inpho

Professional sport can be an increasingly cruel business. If below par collectively, as Ireland discovered in Twickenham, a team can be routed, and if(...)

Cian Healy and Josh van der Flier on the way to depart Yokohama by Bullet Train. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The morning after the night before and with another travel day looming, if a mere half an hour trip at 200mph by Bullet Train, the Irish squad were ba(...)

Chris Farrell of Ireland takes on Finn Russell of Scotland in Yokohama on Sunday. The fears and worries of Ireland’s scalding defeat in Twickenham in late August were definitively put to bed. Photograph: ©INPHO/Craig Mercer

Sayonara, Scotland. The rain returned and so too did Ireland’s form on the rugby field as they opened their World Cup in Japan with a formidable dismi(...)

A man rides a moped through a flooded street due to a typhoon in Tokyo on Monday. Photograph: Kyodo News via AP

A typhoon blew across the Tokyo metropolitan area on Monday morning, killing one person and causing dozens of injuries, while disrupting rush-hour tra(...)

Japanese former professional boxer Iwao Hakamada, who was sentenced to death for the murder of four members of a family in 1966. Photograph: Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP/Getty Images

Iwao Hakamada (82) spends a lot of time in the neat apartment he shares with his sister gazing out the window. After 48 years in jail, most of it in s(...)

Dan Leavy:  threatening to become Europe’s king of the breakdown. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Japan v Ireland Venue: Ecopa stadium, Shizuoka. Kick off: 6am. TV: eir Sport. Joe Schmidt sides are never random lineups. Don’t believe otherwise.(...)

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