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A sign outside of the Yokohama Stadium informs of the cancellation of the England v France game due to Typhoon Hagibis. Photo: Stu Forster/Getty Images

England and France will not play in Yokohama on Saturday evening after World Rugby and tournament organisers took the unprecedented step of cancelling(...)

Italy’s Conor O’Shea says South Africa may be the most powerful rugby team he’s ever seen. Photo: Adrian Dennis/ Getty Images

Italy coach Conor O’Shea said his side were fortunate to receive only one red card in their 49-3 Rugby World Cup loss to South Africa on Friday, a tea(...)

Cheslin Kolbe skates in to scores South Africa’s third try in their demolition of Italy. Photograph: Adam Pretty/Getty

South Africa 49 Italy 3 The escalator up the hill to The Ecopa stadium was stranger than usual. Something felt different from last Sunday’s ambush. (...)

South Africa’s lock Eben Etzebeth during the captain’s run ahead of the Rugby World Cup clash with Italy. Photo: Adrian Dennis/Getty Images

Rugby World Cup Pool B: South Africa v Italy Kick-off: 10.45am Irish time, Friday. Venue: Shizuoka Stadium. How to follow: The Irish Times liveblog w(...)

Republic of Ireland under-21 manager Stephen Kenny has spent much of the last week or so in England watching games with a view to finalising the 22-man squad. Photograph:  Bryan Keane/Inpho

Stephen Kenny says he is fit and well again after having recovered from the health-related episode that required a few days in hospital after his Ire(...)

Italy’s players bow to the crowd after beating Canada at the Fukuoka Hakatanomori Stadium in Fukuoka. Photograph: Getty Images

Italy 48 Canada 7 Italy made it two bonus-point wins from as many Rugby World Cup Pool B games as they beat Canada 48-7 in Fukuoka. The Azzurri race(...)

Jake Polledri of Italy is tackled during the Rugby World Cup 2019 Group B game between Italy and Namibia at Hanazono Rugby Stadium in Higashiosaka, Osaka, Japan. Photo: Koki Nagahama/Getty Images

Italy 47 Namibia 22 Italy scored seven tries as they launched their Rugby World Cup campaign with a straightforward 47-22 win over Namibia in Higashi(...)

Jean Kleyn and James Ryan are two of Ireland’s secondrow options. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Pool A Ireland Backs: Conor Murray, Luke McGrath, Johnny Sexton, Joey Carbery, Jack Carty, Bundee Aki, Robbie Henshaw, Garry Ringrose, Chris Farrell(...)

Camille Chat celebrates his try against Italy. Photograph:Yoan Valat/EPA

France 47 Italy 19 France got their rugby World Cup preparations back on track by overpowering Italy, scoring seven tries in a flamboyant and sometim(...)

Ian McKinley has missed out on a place in Italy’s squad for the Rugby World Cup. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Ian McKinley has lost out in the numbers game for Italy’s World Cup squad with head coach Conor O’Shea deciding to take just two outhalves among his 3(...)

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