Johnny Sexton stabs through a kick for Peter O’Mahony to score Ireland’s second try in Kobe. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Joe Schmidt’s Ireland no longer looks like a Joe Schmidt team. Successful Schmidt sides - all of them up until 2019 - needed Johnny Sexton to guide t(...)

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 (...)

Kotaro Matsushima scores his third try and Japan’s fourth against Russia. Photograph: Ashley Western/PA

Pool A: Japan 30 Russia 10 The first Rugby World Cup ever to be staged in Asia is under way and the host nation have duly delivered the result the to(...)