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Tadhg Furlong en-route to scoring his stunning try in Ireland’s win over Samoa. Photograph: Gabriel Bouys/AFP/Getty

Everybody hurts sometimes. Take comfort in your friends. Andrew Porter began talking about Tadhg Furlong before veering into his own personal struggle(...)

Bundee Aki tackles Samoa’s Ulupano Seuteni, for which he was later sent off. Photograph: Hiroshi Yamamura/EPA

Derek Hegarty, a solicitor and Partner in William Fry’s law firm, will represent Bundee Aki in the player’s impending disciplinary hearing after being(...)

Ireland’s Jonathan Sexton impressed in his team’s bonus point win against Samoa at the Fukuoka Hakatanomori Stadium. Photograph: Getty Images

Ireland’s 45-7 victory over Samoa was excellent when weighted with the pre-match considerations. The pitch issues, pressure borne of expectation and a(...)

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(...)

Tadhg Furlong crashes over for Ireland’s second try in Fukuoka. Photograph: Jayne Russell/Inpho

Jordan Larmour Rising star in the land of the rising sun. Danced and bounced away from Samoan hard shoulders to create Sexton’s first try. Kicking ga(...)

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(...)

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(...)

Conor Murray and Johnny Sexton will start and Ireland Test together for the 55th time against Samoa, equalling the halfback pairing of Ronan O’Gara and Peter Stringer. Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/Inpho

As Typhoon Hagibis already begins to wreak havoc on the final weekend of the pool stages before doing so on Tokyo itself, Ireland’s game against Samoa(...)

Bundee Aki in training ahead of Ireland’s clash with Samoa next Saturday. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Storm clouds gathering again. Ultimately the severe weather alert for the opening weekend proved unfounded, with the New Zealand-South Africa game una(...)

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(...)

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