George Bridge

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Andy Farrell will be in charge of Ireland following Joe schmidt’s departure. Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/Inpho

All Blacks loss will haunt Farrell’s early days Andy Farrell is going to have to put up with a whole lot of speculation before his stamp on the Irela(...)

England’s Maro Itoje and Tom Curry celebrate their victory oner the All Blacks. Photgraph: David Davies/PA

Rugby World Cup semi-final: England 19 New Zealand 7 The All Blacks have been great champions, but their time is up. The rugby world didn’t quite sha(...)

New Zealand head coach Steve Hansen  shakes hands with Ireland captain  Rory Best after the Rugby World Cup quarter-final in Tokyo. Photograph:  Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP via Getty Images

Joe Schmidt and Michael Cheika looked like tortured souls and on at least three occasions Eddie Jones has shown signs of emotion in front of the Engli(...)

Ireland players face the New Zealand Haka before kick-off in Tokyo. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

The player who illustrated the true difference between the rugby cultures of New Zealand and Ireland was nowhere to be seen on Saturday night. Rieko I(...)

Rory Best:  It was a particularly cruel end   to Ireland’s long-serving hooker’s outstanding career. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Ireland

For Ireland to win, they had to place doubt in the minds of the best team in the world. To do this they needed the very new All Blacks Richie Mo’unga(...)

Ireland’s James Ryan is tackled by New Zealand flanker Ardie Savea during the Rugby World Cup quarter-final in Tokyo. Photograph: Behrouz Mehri/AFP via Getty Images

The ghosts of World Cups past are floating about the Ajinomoto stadium. Those who remember are forgiven for feeling like they have been transported ba(...)

New Zealand’s head coach Steve Hansen shakes hands with Ireland’s   Rory Best after the  match in Tokyo. Photi: Getty Images

Afterwards, Steven Hansen outlined an obvious but crucial difference in the respective real-time experience - and experiences - of the players on the (...)

Ardie Savea is tackled by Iain Henderson during New Zealand’s win over Ireland. Photograph: Odd Andersen/AFP/Getty

Beauden Barrett He was awarded the man of the match, an award that could equally have gone to Ardie Savea or Aaron Smith. A glorious skill-set - he s(...)

New Zealand’s scrumhalf Aaron Smith celebrates after scoring a try during the Rugby World Cup quarter-final win over Ireland in Tokyo. Photo: Odd Andersen/Getty Images

New Zealand 46 Ireland 14 The quarter-final glass ceiling remains firmly intact. In truth, it never looked like being touched, much less breached, du(...)

Johnny Sexton walks out for the captain’s run ahead of Ireland’s Rugby World Cup quarter-final date with the All Blacks. Photograph: Adam Davy/PA

Spiky, bullish, funny and calm. If Johnny Sexton can repeat the masterly performance of this lone ranger Captain’s Run in Chofu - way out in deep west(...)

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