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Ireland’s Jonathan Sexton impressed in his team’s bonus point win against Samoa at the Fukuoka Hakatanomori Stadium. Photograph: Getty Images

Ireland’s 45-7 victory over Samoa was excellent when weighted with the pre-match considerations. The pitch issues, pressure borne of expectation and a(...)

Ireland’s Jordan Larmour on his way to scoring a try against Samoa. Photograph: Jayne Russell/Inpho

Ireland 47 Samoa 5 Mission accomplished, and with a good deal less drama than might have been expected, not least when Bundee Aki’s 29th-minute red c(...)

Samoa’s head coach Steve Jackson takes part in  training session during the captain’s run at the Fukuoka Hakatanomori Stadium on the eve of the Rugby World Cup Pool A match against  Ireland. Photograph:  Christophe Simon/AFP via Getty Images

Joe Schmidt’s first match as Irish coach was a 40-9 win over Samoa in Dublin six years ago and, as ever, Samoa’s plans beyond this game remain unclear(...)

South African referee Jaco Peyer gives a yellow card to Samoa’s flanker TJ Ioane  during the Pool A match between Japan and Samoa at the City of Toyota Stadium last Saturday. Photograph: Adrian Dennis/AFP via Getty Images

The World Cup has become extremely serious everywhere else. Not down Fukuoka way. Tuipola Evan Charlton stood before a room of largely Irish journalis(...)

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(...)

 Ben Loader of London Irish breaks with the ball during the English  Championship match against  Richmond  at the Athletic Ground. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Richmond 7 London Irish 46 London Irish sealed their return to the English Premiership with a 46-7 victory at the bottom club Richmond that secured t(...)

Joe Marler has admitted to getting suspended on purpose in order to miss England duty. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Joe Marler has admitted that he would seek to get himself suspended to avoid England duty, having announced his surprise international retirement last(...)

Mathieu Bastareaud was caught calling an opponent a “f***ing faggot” during Toulon’s win over Treviso.

The moral high ground has long been a dangerous place to call home. Rugby union, particularly in the amateur era, used to pitch its tent there regular(...)

Joe Marler will miss England’s first two Six Nations game through suspension. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty

Joe Marler has been ruled out of England’s first two Six Nations matches against Italy and Wales after receiving a six-week suspension, handing Eddie (...)

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