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James Rodriguez’s volley against Uruguay in the 2014 World Cup was a particular highlight. Photo: Felipe Dana - Pool/Getty Images

Colombia 40-1 Poland 50-1 Senegal 150-1 Japan 200-1 The contenders Colombia lit up the tournament four years ago with James Rodriguez bursting onto (...)

Shinji Kagawa is the key man for Japan in their World Cup campaign. Photo: Masterpress/Getty Images

Japan (200-1) Who are they? This will be Japan’s sixth World Cup and realistically they will have little chance of bettering the performances in 200(...)

Hannah Tyrrell celebrates Ireland’s opening victory over Australia. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The natural confidence of Hannah Tyrrell can only be an inspiration for any young girl looking in on this World Cup. It didn’t come easy. Tyrrell has(...)

Ireland’s Claire Molloy takes on Australia’s Katrina Barker  and Liz Patu.   Photograph:  Brian Lawless/PA

Ireland v Japan Sunday, UCD Bowl, 5.15pm – Live RTÉ and eir Sport Australia could conceivably beat France on Sunday night (kick-off straight after (...)

Jack Conan: ““There is no ‘Aw, we’ll get through this and be on holidays.’ It is, ‘I am putting on that green jersey and I don’t know when there will be a next time.’” Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Ireland v Japan Venue: Tokyo Stadium, Tokyo. Kick off: 6.40am. TV: eirSport, 6am (follow on our liveblog from 6.15am). Look back at previous (...)

Paddy Jackson: hasn’t missed  a kick atgoal for Ireland since Murrayfield last February. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

When Paddy Jackson took leave of the Ecopa stadium in Shizuoka, around the hour mark, a remarkable place kicking return remained intact. Jackson’s la(...)

  Greg Feek: “I heard it this morning and a few of us just went, ‘Jeez, again?’ You guys probably thought the same thing. I feel sorry for Rassie in some ways.”

Bus journeys continue to beguile the whirring mind of Joe Schmidt. But the Munster contingent among the Irish touring party awoke Tuesday morning to r(...)

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.(...)

Cian Healy during Ireland training in Tokyo, Japan. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

All week professional Irish men meandered Tokyo Metropolis glassy-eyed, barely knowing which end was up. Some dreamed of death and reincarnation as su(...)

Kicking coach Richie Murphy:  “Japan have turned themselves into a really good side. Play very fast and loose. “Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Ladies and gentlemen of the Japanese media, and respected translators, may we present Richie Murphy. Ireland’s skills and kicking coach is as sound (...)

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