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Owen Farrell trains ahead of England’s Rugby World Cup semi-final against the All Blacks. Photograph: Anne-Christine Poujoulat/AFP/Getty

Eddie Jones has shown rare signs of emotion in front of the English media in this tournament. Perhaps the pressure of guiding England in the World Cup(...)

Beauden and Scott Barrett train ahead of New Zealand’s Rugby World Cup semi-final with England. Photograph: Hannah Peters/Getty

After losing 15 of the last 16 meetings, as well as their sole World Cup meeting in the 1995 semi-final in Cape Town when Jonah Lomu trampled all over(...)

Ireland’s  Conor Murray  is tackled by New Zealand flanker Sam Cane. “Underhill and Curry have been pretty impressive,” said Cane. “They’ve both got a huge appetite for hard work, very good skill sets.” Photograph: Anne-Christine Poujoulat/AFP/Gettty

It would probably only deepen the wounds from last Saturday’s quarter-final in Tokyo Stadium were England to dethrone New Zealand in next Saturday’s p(...)

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(...)

Ireland applaud the fans after their Rugby World Cup quarter-final defeat to New Zealand in Tokyo. Photo: Billy Stickland/Inpho

New Zealand 46 Ireland 14 When you play New Zealand, especially in a World Cup knockout match, your execution has to be nigh-on perfect, you need to (...)

Ireland players face the New Zealand Haka before kick-off in Tokyo. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

The player who illustrated the true difference between the rugby cultures of New Zealand and Ireland was nowhere to be seen on Saturday night. Rieko I(...)

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt acknowledges the crowd as he walks down from the coaching box after the Rugby World Cup quarter-final against New Zealand in Tokyo. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Nobody bar the ultimate winners, or in the case of Irish rugby, Brian O’Driscoll, gets to pen their own exit, and it’s particularly ironic that in ext(...)

New Zealand’s Kieran Read offloads despite the attempts of  Ireland’s Josh van der Flier and Tadhg Furlong to prevent him. Photograph: Andrew Cornaga/Inpho

The result in many respects informs the post mortem. Ireland were hammered on the scoreboard and the only point of dispute is to analyse how much of t(...)

Ireland’s James Ryan is tackled by New Zealand flanker Ardie Savea during the Rugby World Cup quarter-final in Tokyo. Photograph: Behrouz Mehri/AFP via Getty Images

The ghosts of World Cups past are floating about the Ajinomoto stadium. Those who remember are forgiven for feeling like they have been transported ba(...)

Ireland give New Zealand a guard of honour in Tokyo. Photograph: Behrouz Mehri/AFP/Getty

And that’s all she wrote. Ireland’s 2019 Rugby World Cup campaign is over, after they were brutally picked apart by a ruthless All Blacks side in Toky(...)

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