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David Pocock returns from injury and will play at number eight for Australia in Sunday’s World cup semi-final. Photograph:   Martin Bureau/AFP/Getty Images

Australia’s chances of toppling Argentina in Sunday’s World Cup semi-final have improved after David Pocock and Israel Folau were passed fit for the T(...)

Joe Schmidt has delivered two Six Nations and got us to a World Cup quarter-final. He is ideally placed to bring in structures so the next wave of players are better coached at a younger age. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images

In the movie Moneyball Oakland A’s general manager Billy Beane, played by Brad Pitt, turns on the old baseball scouts and says: “If we try to play (...)

 Dave Kearney is tackled at the Millennium Stadium  in the defeat to Argentina. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Of the more than one million Irish viewers of yesterday’s quarter-final in the Millennium Stadium between Ireland and Argentina, how many could nam(...)

A grounded Ian Madigan tries to stop Pablo Matera. Photograph: Matteo Ciambelli/Inpho

Ireland’s glass ceiling remains unbroken. Joe Schmidt was at pains not to use the injury count as an excuse. Even though it’s a valid one. “We’ve sust(...)

A disappointed Ireland captain Jamie Heaslip trudges off the pitch at the Millennium Stadium following Ireland’s defeat to Argentina. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ireland undoubtedly dodged a bullet by avoiding a brilliant All Blacks on Saturday night, but their stay of execution only lasted another day. The 43-(...)

Chris Henry attempts to break through Argentina’s defence: “It just felt that every time we got the ball, we were chopped.” Photograph: Phil Walter/Getty Images.

If Ireland were to win the World Cup – actually, let’s not get carried away any more, if Ireland were to reach the final – then Paul O’Connell, Peter (...)

Ireland coach Joe Schmidt looks dejected as he leaves the pitch following Ireland’s World Cup quarter-final loss to Argentina. Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

So many moments to have to inhale. So many sighs and gasps that the air in the closed Millennium Stadium at times felt too thin to breathe. With every(...)

Despondant Ireland fans watch on in Clondalkin. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

“We were flahed by the end of it,” said Keith Wood. He was explaining why Argentina were able to run in a river of tries in the closing stages but he (...)

Acting skipper Jamie Heaslip was left to rue Ireland’s slow start in their World Cup quarter-final defeat to Argentina. Photograph: Inpho

Acting captain Jamie Heaslip admitted Ireland gave themselves too much to do as a dismal start saw them eliminated from the World Cup by Argentina. T(...)

Juan Imhoff of Argentina dives over the line to score his team’s fourth try. Photo:  Phil Walter/Getty Images

Ireland 20 Argentina 43 Same as it ever was. Make that six quarter-final defeats out of six. Losing a third of the team was too much and, frankly, th(...)

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