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 Japan celebrate beating Ireland in the 2019 World Cup at Stadium Ecopa, Japan. Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The best way to measure the true impact of the past rugby decade is to count the number of significant moments few could have foreseen. By that yardst(...)

Sean Dancer: Ireland’s head coach  faces a busy year after the women’s team’s  qualification for the Olympics in Tokyo. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

If all concerned can come down off Cloud Nine in time then the new Hockey League campaign will get under way on Saturday, and for players with interna(...)

Japan celebrate their Rugby World Cup win over Ireland in Shizuoka. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Japan’s rising stock in the game in light of them memorably hosting the 2019 Rugby World Cup has been reflected in some of their fixture scheduling fo(...)

Joe Schmidt’s Ireland tenure came to an end with Saturday’s defeat to the All Blacks. Photograph: Adam Davy/PA

Schmidt Happens He shook up the world order. Altered the way Irish rugby is perceived from Samoa to Bloemfontein. He gifted the most important people(...)

Makazole Mapimpi dives to score South Africa’s third try in their win ovre Japan. Photograph: Hannah Peters/Getty

Japan 3 South Africa 26 After all the shocks and surprises, typhoons and earthquakes, The Rugby World Cup has its heavyweight semi-finals. South Afri(...)

The Tokyo Tower lit up in the colours of the Brave Blossoms during the Rugby World Cup in Japan. Photograph:  Clive Rose/World Rugby via Getty Images

Hamacho is one of the sleepier pockets of Tokyo but it still houses arguably the city’s most exotic sight. Just a three minute walk from the train sta(...)

Ryohei Yamanaka starts at fullback for Japan against South Africa. Photograph:  Odd Andersen/AFP/Getty

Japan have made one injury-enforced change to the starting line-up for Sunday’s Rugby World Cup quarter-final against South Africa, bringing Ryohei Ya(...)

Australia head coach Michael Cheika talks to Jordan Petaia of Australia during a training session at Matsuoka Ground in Oita. Photo: Dan Mullan/Getty Images

Australia boss Michael Cheika says he trusts teenager Jordan Petaia “infinitely” after selecting him for Saturday’s World Cup quarter-final against En(...)

South Africa players stretch during a training session in Tokyo ahead of the Rugby World Cup quarter-final against Japan. Photo: Mark Baker

Rugby World Cup quarter-final: Japan v South Africa Kick-off: 11.15am Irish time, Sunday. Venue: Tokyo Stadium. How to follow: The Irish Times livebl(...)

 Matt Proudfoot, South Africa’s forwards coach: “If you have watched how we have played in the World Cup you can see how we will play on Sunday.” Photograph:  Steve Haag/Gallo Images

South Africa are exasperated that, before their quarter-final on Sunday, the questions they are asked are invariably about their rivals and tournament(...)

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