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Japan wing Lomano Lemeki put his head on the block when calling Saturday’s game against Ireland. “I think we’ll win 33-26.” Photograph: Anne-Christine Poujoulat/AFP/Getty Images

The presumption, after Fiji failed to finish off Australia, was that there would be no alarms and no surprises at this World Cup. That was punctured (...)

 Iain Henderson was back to his formidable best during the victory over Scotland  in Yokohama.  Photograph: Odd Andersen/AFP/Getty

Welcome back Ireland. Not that they ever really went away and the performances against Wales were pointers. But their opening game of the 2019 World C(...)

Ireland fans inYokohama. Photograph: Adam Davy/PA Wire

It’s not often you find yourself singing Molly Malone with Ireland’s Ambassador to Japan on the main street of one of the biggest cities in Japan, but(...)

 Referee Angus Gardner came under fire from both camps following the game between France and Argentina at  Tokyo Stadium  in Chofu, Japan. Photograph by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

The Offload asked World Rugby’s chief of referees Alain Rolland if any conversations were held with head coaches about the pressure they put on offici(...)

Johnny Sexton should be fit for Ireland’s second Rugby World Cup match against Japan. Photograph: Craig Mercer/Inpho

The Irish management have stated that injuries to Johnny Sexton (thigh) and Josh van der Flier (stitches over the eye and cramp) will not rule ei(...)

Ireland’s  Jacob Stockdale makes a break  during the  Rugby World Cup Pool A clash against Scotland at  the International Stadium Yokohama in Yokohama. Photograph: Charly Triballeau/AFP/Getty

For me, Gregor Townsend’s pre-match interview was fascinating. When the Scottish coach was asked what he said to his team before leaving them on the p(...)

Iain Henderson makes a break against Scotland during the World Cup clash at the  International Stadium, Yokohama, Japan. Photograph: Craig Mercer/Inpho

The incoming Ulster captain deserved a few minutes of our time. Turns out everyone was forced to witness Iain Henderson’s rare burst into open country(...)

Ireland’s Andrew Conway celebrates scoring the fourth try with Johnny Sexton and Conor Murray during the  Rugby World Cup Pool A game at the  International Stadium in Yokohama. Photograph: Craig Mercer/Inpho

Ireland 27 Scotland 3 This was the real Ireland again, although they never really went away, they just went a little awry. Back to their best impress(...)

Ireland’s Andrew Conway in action with Sean Maitland of Scotland during their 27-3 victory in International Stadium, Yokohama. Photograph: Craig Mercer/Inpho

After a vintage All Blacks performance 24 hours earlier in the same venue, this was vintage Ireland. Comparatively less thrilling, it was, nonetheless(...)

Ireland’s CJ Stander runs at Scotland’s Sean Maitland during the Rugby World Cup Pool A game in Yokohama. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

There was much to admire in Ireland’s hard-nosed and ruthlessly emphatic 27-3 victory over Scotland, not least the vindication of the team selection, (...)

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