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New Zealand’s players salute the crowd after defeating South Africa. Photograph: Getty Images

In front of the eyes of the world, these fierce rivals, separated by 7,000 miles of ocean and connected by a century of rugby games, put on an extrava(...)

 A Japanese  fan cheering for his team prior to the opening match of the  World Cup  between Japan and Russia in  Tokyo.   Photograph:  EPA/Franck Robichon

The loneliest cat in Tokyo? He’s standing on the roof of a vintage police van in full uniform just outside Tobitakyu railway station on this muggy Fri(...)

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We meet the cousins tomorrow. In Yokohama. Seems a long way to go to meet the cousins. But this is the Rugby World Cup and we are talking Scotland. (...)

New Zealand’s Beauden Barrett clears a kick against South Africa during a Test match at Westpac Stadium in July 2019 in Wellington, New Zealand. Photograph: Anthony Au-Yeung/Getty Images

Pool B: New Zealand v South Africa, International Stadium, Yokohama, Saturday, 10:45am Irish time. Live on Eir Sport and ITV Time to rumble indeed. T(...)

New this week: Sylvester Stallone in Rambo: Last Blood

Latest movies reviewed: All films in cinemas this week rated: The Irish Times what-to-see guide to the movies now in cinemas across Ireland. Read more(...)

Japanese  breakfast dishes can include  white rice, grilled fish, boiled egg, miso soup, natto, other side dishes. Photograph: iStock

When the Irish rugby team were preparing to travel to Japan for the World Cup, they called on Irishwoman Fiona Uyema, an expert that country’s culture(...)

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 (...)

Tommy Bowe:  will  host the Rugby World Cup coverage on eir Sport where he’ll have a trio of ex-team-mates for company – Gordon D’Arcy, Peter Stringer and Jerry Flannery. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

This is very definitely a World Cup for people who get up early in the morning. And with 48 matches over 44 days, the schedule will be a gruelling en(...)

Ireland coach Joe Schmidt, scrum coach Greg Feek and defence coach Andy Farrell at a training session in Ichihara Suporeku Park, Tokyo. Photograph: ©INPHO/Dan Sheridan

Joe Schmidt and the Irish coaches have rarely had the welcome dilemma of choosing from a full deck in midfield, but in the anticipated absence of Robb(...)

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