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Ireland’s Cian Healy, Josh van der Flier and James Ryan during the Rugby World Cup quarter-final clash with New Zealand in Tokyo. Photo: Billy Stickland/Inpho

The Barrett clan spent 15 months living in Meath. They played Gaelic football for St Brigid’s while the father, who promised he would “breed All Black(...)

Ireland’s James Ryan is tackled by New Zealand flanker Ardie Savea during the Rugby World Cup quarter-final in Tokyo. Photograph: Behrouz Mehri/AFP via Getty Images

The ghosts of World Cups past are floating about the Ajinomoto stadium. Those who remember are forgiven for feeling like they have been transported ba(...)

Ireland give New Zealand a guard of honour in Tokyo. Photograph: Behrouz Mehri/AFP/Getty

And that’s all she wrote. Ireland’s 2019 Rugby World Cup campaign is over, after they were brutally picked apart by a ruthless All Blacks side in Toky(...)

Ireland captain  Rory Best  is applauded by New Zealand’s players after completing his final appearance  in the Rugby World Cup quarter-final. Photograph: Behrouz Mehri/AFP via Getty Images

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt was able to cast a cold eye on his side’s failings as his final game in charge of the national team ended in a resoundi(...)

New Zealand head coach Steve Hansen at the captain’s run on Friday ahead of the Rugby World Cup quarter-final against Ireland in Tokyo on Saturday. Photograph:   Anne-Christine Poujoulat/AFP via Getty Images

Steve Hansen is a horse whisperer. “There was no way I could bully it,” he once said about a feisty nag. “I had to take my time with it and watch its(...)

Johnny Sexton during Friday’s captain’s run at the Tokyo Stadium. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Rugby World Cup quarter-final: New Zealand v Ireland Kick-off: 11.15am Irish time, Saturday October 19th Venue: Tokyo Stadium How to follow: The Iris(...)

 Beauden Barrett and Richie Mo’unga of the All Blacks run through drills during a  training session at Tatsuminomori Seaside Park  in Tokyo. Photograph: Hannah Peters/Getty Images

15 Beauden Barrett (Hurricanes) Age: 28 Height: 6’2” Weight: 91kg (14st, 5lbs) Caps: 80 The world’s best outhalf is now doing a pretty good job from f(...)

The Ireland and New Zealand encounters define the Joe Schmidt era.

Joe Schmidt’s decade in Ireland has yielded unprecedented success ever since Johnny Sexton orchestrated Leinster’s miracle revival against Northampton(...)

Steve Hansen looks on during an All Blacks training session in Urayasu - they meet Ireland on Saturday. Photograph: Hannah Peters/Getty

Steve Hansen enters the room on the 25th floor of the Royal Park hotel in Shinodome. No warm-up act, none of the usual platitudes, just straight down (...)

Beauden Barrett and Richie Mo’unga run through drills during a New Zealand training session at the Arcs Urayasu Park  in Urayasu on Friday. Photograph: Hannah Peters/Getty Images

Over the course of 2019 the magnitude of the task facing Ireland were they to reach the Rugby World Cup quarter-finals has grown. Now, as it potential(...)

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