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Ireland fullback Jordan Larmour  runs with at Samoa’s Alapati Leiua during the Rugby World Cup  Group A game at the Hakatanomori Stadium in Fukuoka. Photograph: Michael Steele/Getty Images

Ireland 47 Samoa 5 This was timely and reassuring. Save for a few minutes after the double whammy of Samoa’s try and Bundee Aki’s sending off, this b(...)

 Tadhg Furlong  in action during the  Rugby World Cup match against Samoa in  Fukuoka. Photograph: Hiroshi Yamamura/EPA

Job done. And while the RTÉ lads didn’t go so far as to describe the performance against Samoa as flawless, they were content enough, even Eddie O’Sul(...)

Bundee Aki with Robbie Henshaw after Ireland’s win over Samoa. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Joe Schmidt has expressed his sympathy for Bundee Aki in the light of the player’s red card in the 47-5 win over Samoa, and also the hope that he migh(...)

Ireland’s Jordan Larmour on his way to scoring a try against Samoa. Photograph: Jayne Russell/Inpho

Ireland 47 Samoa 5 Mission accomplished, and with a good deal less drama than might have been expected, not least when Bundee Aki’s 29th-minute red c(...)

Samoa’s head coach Steve Jackson takes part in  training session during the captain’s run at the Fukuoka Hakatanomori Stadium on the eve of the Rugby World Cup Pool A match against  Ireland. Photograph:  Christophe Simon/AFP via Getty Images

Joe Schmidt’s first match as Irish coach was a 40-9 win over Samoa in Dublin six years ago and, as ever, Samoa’s plans beyond this game remain unclear(...)

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt checks the surface at the Hakatanomori Stadium in  Fukuoka ahead of the Rugby World Cup Pool A game against Samoa on Saturday. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Rugby World Cup – Pool A: Ireland v Samoa, Hakatanomori Stadium, Fukuoka, Saturday, 7.45pm local time/11.45am Irish time. TV: Live on RTÉ, Eir Sport a(...)

Ireland coach Joe Schmidt inspects the pitch at the Fukuoka Hakatanomori Stadium. Photograph: INPHO/Dan Sheridan

Ireland have expressed concerns with the state of the Hakatanomori Stadium pitch ahead of Saturday’s decisive Pool A World Cup clash with Samoa. Scr(...)

South African referee Jaco Peyer gives a yellow card to Samoa’s flanker TJ Ioane  during the Pool A match between Japan and Samoa at the City of Toyota Stadium last Saturday. Photograph: Adrian Dennis/AFP via Getty Images

The World Cup has become extremely serious everywhere else. Not down Fukuoka way. Tuipola Evan Charlton stood before a room of largely Irish journalis(...)

Ireland Rugby Squad Training at Shirouzuoike Park in Fukuoka on Thursday. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Rugby World Cup Pool A: Ireland v Samoa Kick-off: 11.45am (Irish time), Saturday. Venue: Fukuoka Stadium. How to follow: The Irish Times liveblog wil(...)

Samoa perform the Siva Tau before their 38-19 defeat to Japan. Photograph: Anne-Christine Poujoulat/AFP/Getty

The final fixtures of the 2019 Rugby World Cup pool stages approach (well, those that have survived) – and Ireland’s fate is yet to be decided. Headi(...)

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