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Scotland’s scrumhalf George Horne celebrates after scoring a try during the 2019 Rugby World Cup win over Russia. Photo: Adrian Dennis/Getty Images

Scotland 61 Russia 0 That’s the easy part done, the hard bit is still to come. Scotland beat Russia 61-0, their biggest win in 15 years, and earned t(...)

Darcy Graham is the only Scotland player to retain their place in the starting XV for their clash with Russia. Photograph: David Davies/PA

Gregor Townsend’s eyes turned to a likely quarter-final decider against Japan on Sunday with the selection of his Scotland team to play Russia in thei(...)

Fans show their appreciation to Japan’s players  following the  victory over Samoa at City of Toyota Stadium in Toyota, Aichi, Japan. Photograph: Adam Pretty/Getty Images

If nothing else, at least Pool A is by some distance the most interesting of the four at this World Cup. Whereas the other three are pretty much do(...)

Ireland players leave the pitch following their defeat to Japan. Photograph: Cameron Spencer/Getty

Ireland’s devastating defeat at the hands of Japan was a long time coming, for both teams. In awarding the Rugby World Cup to Japan, World Rugby had (...)

Ireland hooker Rory Best is unable to explain dip in form which has affected his team at the Rugby World Cup. Photo: Filippo Monteforte/Getty Images

By far the best news to emerge from Ireland’s campaign after their scratchy 35-0 win over Russia and yet more bleak post-match injury bulletins was th(...)

Jordi Murphy gets crushed in a scrum in the  Rugby World Cup Pool A  game between Ireland and Russia in Kobe Misaki Stadium on Thursday. Photoraph: Jayne Russell

As it transpired, Ireland were probably grateful to be sheltered from the rain in the Kobe Stadium on Thursday, and the exuberant Irish supporters ass(...)

Ireland’s Andrew Conway looks to break through Vladimir Podrezov of Russia during their Rugby World Cup 2019 Group A game at Kobe Misaki Stadium on Thursday. Photograph: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

At least Ireland are showing a united front. The party line is being trotted out by both players and coaches. Almost to a man, the plan is to pay resp(...)

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt talks to Johnny Sexton ahead of the Rugby World Cup clash with Russia at Kobe Misaki Stadium, Kobe City. Photo: Adam Davy/PA Wire

Joe Schmidt had sensed an anxiety and hesitancy in Ireland’s defeat by Japan and this appeared to resurface in a scoreless half-hour in the middle of (...)

Man of the match Rhys Ruddock carries at Igor Galinovskiy. Photograph:  Mike Hewitt/Getty

A five-try, bonus-point win against a Russian team that played 20 minutes with 14 players will feel underwhelming, especially given the nature of the (...)

Ireland’s Jordi Murphy gets crushed in a scrum during the Rugby World Cup win over Russia. Photo: Jayne Russell/Inpho

Jordi Murphy and the Irish management will have an anxious wait before ascertaining the extent of the damage he suffered in Ireland’s 35-0 win Pool A (...)

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