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 Johnny Sexton has again showed how vital he is to Ireland’s cause on the pitch during thei Rugby World Cup. Photograph: Hiroshi Yamamura/EPA

15 Rob Kearney (Leinster) Age: 33 Height: 6’1” Weight: 95kg (14st, 11lbs) Caps: 94 After going nearly four years without a try, Kearney is now scoring(...)

The Ireland and New Zealand encounters define the Joe Schmidt era.

Joe Schmidt’s decade in Ireland has yielded unprecedented success ever since Johnny Sexton orchestrated Leinster’s miracle revival against Northampton(...)

New Zealand fullback Beauden Barrett holds on to South Africa winger Cheslin Kolbe  during the  Rugby World Cup Pool B game at Yokohama International Stadium. Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The All Blacks. Are there two more evocative, romantic, powerful words in world sport? Is there a team whose name alone can strike as much fear and aw(...)

 Rob Kearney has got the nod at fullback to face New Zealand in Saturday’s Rugby World cup quarter-final. Photograph:    Adam Davy/PA Wire

Rugby World Cup quarter-final: New Zealand v Ireland Kick-off: 11.15am Irish time, Saturday. Venue: Tokyo Stadium. How to follow: The Irish Times liv(...)

Ireland’s Sean Cronin has been ruled out of the rest of the Rugby World Cup. Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Rob Herring has flown to Japan to replace the injured Seán Cronin in Ireland’s World Cup squad. Leinster hooker Cronin has suffered a neck injury and(...)

Bundee Aki: will miss the World Cup quarter-final due to the red card he received in the victory over Samoa. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Firstly, as promised on Monday, let me revert to Bundee Aki. As the ‘tackle’ went in I noted: “That’s bad”. On the replay: “Damn, it’s definitely a re(...)

Nepo Laulala of the All Blacks runs through drills during a training session ahead of the Rugby World Cup quarter-final against Ireland. Photo: Hannah Peters/Getty Images

The All Blacks were in typically secure and relaxed mode for their Tuesday media day, while giving little or nothing away. Unless Steve Hansen is hold(...)

 Bundee Aki tackles Ulupano Seuteni of Samoa leading to his red card. Photograph: EPA

Bundee Aki will miss the rest of the World Cup after receiving a three-week ban for his red card against Samoa. The Ireland centre was sent off in t(...)

Samoa’s Kane Le’Aupepe  and Chris Vui  tackle Ireland’s Keith Earls  during the  Rugby World Cup Pool A match at  the Hakatanomori Stadium in Fukuoka. Photograph: Adam Davy/PA Wire

How should rugby be played? The answer depends in what part of the world or what part of the country you are reading this. But should it? Should we I(...)

Bundee Aki hugs Samoa’s Rey Lee-Lo after Ireland’s win in Fukuoka. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The one fly in Ireland’s ointment following Saturday’s commanding win over Samoa was the 29th minute sending-off of Bundee Aki. Derek Hegarty, a solic(...)

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