Gregor Townsend

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The Fukuoka Hakatanomori Stadium, where Ireland are scheduled to meet Samoa on Saturday. Photograph: Adam Davy/PA

World Rugby is monitoring a typhoon that could hit Japan on Saturday and stop Ireland’s World Cup campaign in its tracks. Typhoon Hagibis has formed (...)

Tim Nanai-Williams of Samoa receives treatment during the defeat to Japan. Photograph:  Adam Pretty/Getty Images

Samoa coach Steve Jackson pulled no punches when it came to the refereeing performance of Jaco Peyper following Japan’s 38-19 victory at Toyota City s(...)

Japan’s Kotaro Matsushima saw his side’s crucial fourth try against Samoa. Photograph: Anne-Christine Poujoulat/AFP/Getty

The clock had gone red at the City of Toyota Stadium when Samoa - trailing 31-19 - were penalised in the shadow of their own posts. Should they (...)

Rob Kearney carries to score Ireland’s opening try during their victory over Russia. Photograph: Jayne Russell/Inpho

It was far from pretty, but it was a case of job just about done for Ireland on Thursday, as they beat Russia 35-0 in Kobe. Andrew Conway’s second-ha(...)

Scotland winger Sean Maitland  is tackled by  Samoa’s wing Ed Fidow leading to a penalty try and a second yellow card for Fidow during the Pool A clash at the Kobe Misaki Stadium. Photograph: Filippo Monteforte/AFP/Getty

Scotland 34 Samoa 0 Scotland huffed and puffed in the clammy heat of the Kobe Stadium to get the bonus point win they so badly needed, although they (...)

Scotland’s scrumhalf Greig Laidlaw celebrates after scoring a try against Samoa. Photograph: Getty Images

Scotland 34 Samoa 0 Scotland the proof; any amount of misery can be unburdened at this World Cup. Yokohama pain forgotten until they return there to(...)

James Ryan continues in the secondrow alongside Iain Henderson against Japan. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

So far, so good. Ireland’s 2019 Rugby World Cup campaign is off to a near-perfect start, after they opened with a dominant 27-3 win over Scotland in Y(...)

 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(...)

Hamish Watson suffered a serious knee injury during Scotland’s defeat to Ireland in Yokohama. Photograph: Behrouz Mehri/AFP/Getty

Scotland have suffered a fresh blow to their World Cup hopes after flanker Hamish Watson was ruled out for the rest of the tournament. The Edinburgh (...)

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(...)

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