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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(...)

Gordon D’Arcy and Paul Howard with Gordon’s Game, their  new children’s book. Photograph: Alan Betson

It started in a titty bar. Yes, well, there you have it. Welcome to your Saturday morning. Apologies, obviously. Not the usual intro to a piece about(...)

An Ireland supporter displays a poster before the  World Cup Pool D match between Australia and Wales at   Tokyo Stadium on Sunday. Photograph: Odd Andersen/AFP

The morning after the morning before and there was Tommy Bowe on eir Sport, fresh as a daisy and all set for the 6:15am kick-off between Georgia and U(...)

Ireland prepare for Scotland in Yokohama. Photograph: Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP/Getty

October 18th, 2015. A wounded Ireland are put to the sword by a dashing Argentina side, full of vim and vigour, under the Millennium Stadium roof. Lo(...)

Ireland’s James Ryan in action against  Wales in  February  2018 at the Aviva. Gordon D’Arcy, Fiona Coghlan and John O’Sullivan view him as the top northern hemisphere player of the tournament. Photograph:  Julian Finney/Getty Images

Gerry Thornley (Rugby Correspondent) Q1 – How far can Ireland go (where does it end)? Ireland are one of several teams that could actually win the w(...)

Tommy Bowe:  will  host the Rugby World Cup coverage on eir Sport where he’ll have a trio of ex-team-mates for company – Gordon D’Arcy, Peter Stringer and Jerry Flannery. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

This is very definitely a World Cup for people who get up early in the morning. And with 48 matches over 44 days, the schedule will be a gruelling en(...)

Johnny Sexton leaves the field injured against France in 2015. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

One sidestep sparked the All Blacks’ run to retaining the World Cup in 2015. It happened in August, before the tournament had even started, when Dan (...)

 Manu Tuilagi celebrates after England’s 2019 Six Nations Championship Round 1 win over Ireland at the  Aviva Stadium in February. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

World Cup warm-up: England v Ireland Kick-off: Saturday, 3pm. Venue: Twickenham. How to follow: The Irish Times liveblog wil(...)

Adult whooper swan showing characteristic yellow beak markings. Photograph courtesy of Simon Stirrup

Two contrasting moments at Lough Beg: from a hill in Co Derry, already half-removed for earthworks, giant diggers are heaping up the bed of a new moto(...)

Ireland’s Jacob Stockdale scores a try despite Damian McKenzie and Aaron Smith of New Zealand during the Guinness November Series win over the All Blacks. Photo: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

The season just gone lingers into the next campaign, and particularly the World Cup, with barely a pause for breath, especially for the players and ba(...)

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