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Andy Farrell: faces a significant challenge in overseeing the transition  of an  ageing Ireland side clearly in need of new blood. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

The more you think about it, the more you realise what a sizeable task Andy Farrell and his assistant coaches have in following up the Joe Schmidt era(...)

 Rhys Ruddock scores Ireland’s third try as John Ryan celebrates  during the  Group A game against Russia at the   Misaki Stadium  in Kobe, Hyogo, Japan. Photograph: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

Ireland 35 Russia 0 By any normal yardstick securing a bonus point just past the hour, scoring five tries in total, keeping an opposing team scoreles(...)

 Ireland hooker Sean Cronin  is tackled by Russia scrumhalf Dmitry Perov during the  Rugby World Cup Pool A clash at the Kobe Misaki Stadium in Kobe. Photograph:  Filippo Monteforte/AFP/Getty

How to frame Ireland’s bonus point win? Yes, a bonus point is what we had hoped for, a result which would lead to a happy camp. But for so much of the(...)

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt talks to Johnny Sexton ahead of the Rugby World Cup clash with Russia at Kobe Misaki Stadium, Kobe City. Photo: Adam Davy/PA Wire

Joe Schmidt had sensed an anxiety and hesitancy in Ireland’s defeat by Japan and this appeared to resurface in a scoreless half-hour in the middle of (...)

Man of the match Rhys Ruddock carries at Igor Galinovskiy. Photograph:  Mike Hewitt/Getty

A five-try, bonus-point win against a Russian team that played 20 minutes with 14 players will feel underwhelming, especially given the nature of the (...)

Ireland’s Bundee Aki adds his weight to a ruck as  scrumhalf Luke McGrath holds on to the ball against Russia at the Kobe Misaki Stadium. Photograph: Getty Images

On a rainy night in Kobe, Ireland left a steamy arena with a necessary win over modest Russia but without fully rediscovering the collective strength (...)

Johnny Sexton kicks at goal during Wednesday’s Captain’s Run at the  Kobe Misaki Stadium in Japan. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ireland v Russia Venue: Kobe Stadium. Kick-off: 7.15pm local time/11.15am Irish time. On TV: Live on Eir and RTÉ (ROI) and ITV (NI) and live radio (...)

Ireland and Munster prop John Ryan is ready for his first bit of Rugby World Cup action on Thursday against Russia. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

It has, he admits, been a funny old route, but John Ryan is finally about to realise a childhood dream. The 31-year-old becomes Ireland’s oldest Rugby(...)

Ireland’s head coach Joe Schmidt  with outhalf  Jonathan Sexton at a training session at the Steelers Training Ground in Kobe. “I’m still incredibly positive about this group.”  Photograph: Filippo Monteforte/AFP/Getty

Whether or not Ireland peaked in their virtually unblemished 2018, last Saturday in Shizuoka was further evidence of how they undoubtedly became the h(...)

Ireland’s head coach Joe Schmidt and outhalf Jonathan Sexton take part in a training session at the Steelers Training Ground in Kobe this morning. Photograph: Getty Images

Ireland have made 11 changes in their starting XV to face Russia this Thursday in Kobe (kick-off 7.15pm local time/11.15am Irish time), with just four(...)

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