The Japan team in a huddle during their captain’s run at the Aviva Stadium on Friday. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Ireland v Japan, Venue: Aviva Stadium. Kick-off: 1pm. On TV: Live on RTÉ and Channel 4 (Northern Ireland). Ireland v Japan the sequel, with the proba(...)

James Ryan is fit to start against Japan on Saturday. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Andy Farrell has intimated that he was sounded out about James Ryan availability as a replacement for the stricken Lions captain Alun Wyn Jones last w(...)

Joey Carbery will make his first Irish appearance since 2019 this weekend. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

It is a measure of the respect which Japan now command that Andy Farrell has picked his strongest available side for Saturday’s rematch with their Wor(...)

Japan have not named Michael Leitch in their team to face Ireland. Photograph: Getty Images

Japan left captain Michael Leitch out of their starting team for Saturday’s clash with Pool A favourites Ireland as a fit-again Amanaki Mafi took his(...)