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 Samoa’s Rey Lee-Lo  is tackled by Bogdan Fedotko and Andrei Polivalov of Russia in Samoa’s 34-9 win in  the  Rugby World Cup   in Kumagaya, Saitama, Japan. Photograph: Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

Rugby World Cup Pool A: Samoa v Scotland Kick-off: 11.15am. Venue: Kobe Misaki Stadium. How to follow: The Irish Times liveblog will begin at 10(...)

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 (...)

Fiji’s Peceli Yato  is felled by Australian Reece Hodge’s (right) high body check. Yato could not return to play and Fiji lost their best player. Hodge went on to score when he should not have been on the pitch.  Photo: Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

Having hoped for an auspicious start, it’ll be back to the drawing board for the match officials at this Rugby World Cup. The games abounded with sp(...)

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(...)

Ireland coach Joe Schmidt, scrum coach Greg Feek and defence coach Andy Farrell at a training session in Ichihara Suporeku Park, Tokyo. Photograph: ©INPHO/Dan Sheridan

Joe Schmidt and the Irish coaches have rarely had the welcome dilemma of choosing from a full deck in midfield, but in the anticipated absence of Robb(...)

Munster’s Jack O’Donoghue in action against  Andrea Lovotti of Zebre in their victory last weekend at Thomond Park. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Heineken Champions Cup quarter-final preview  Edinburgh v Munster  Venue: Murrayfield.  Kick-off: 12.45pm.  On TV: Live on Virgin (...)

Tadhg Beirne: his ability to force turnovers of considerable value  for  Munster. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

No team left in this season’s tournament can match Munster’s track record of success at the quarter-final stage in European club rugby’s premier compe(...)

Peter O’Mahony at Munster Rugby Squad Training at UL, Limerick on Monday.  Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

At first glance, this doesn’t seem ideal, not least as the Heineken Champions Cup quarter-finals now arrive just a fortnight after the Six Nations fin(...)

Wales wing George North and Scotland’s Byron McGuigan chase the ball during the Six Nations match at Murrayfield Stadium in Edinburgh. Photograph: Andy Buchanan/AFP/Getty Images

Scotland 11 Wales 18 The Grand Slam dream lives on. Warren Gatland’s Wales stuttered to a 13th successive victory, their fourth in this season’s Six (...)

Garry Ringrose could return to the Ireland midfield for Sunday’s Six Nations clash against France at the Aviva stadium. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

It’s the beginning of the end. The Six Nations returns on Saturday after another two-week hiatus, for the penultimate round of fixtures. It already s(...)

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