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 (...)

Samoa celebrate after Ed Fidow scored his second and Samoa’s third try against Russia. Photograph: Cameron Spencer/Getty

Pool A: Russia 9 Samoa 34 Samoa survived being reduced to 13 men for almost 10 minutes in the first half and struggled to overcome a limited and exha(...)

Former Blackrock College player Vasily Artemyev  will captain Russia at the World Cup. Photograph:  Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP/Getty Images

Former Blackrock College wing Vasily Artemyev will captain Russia at the upcoming World Cup after they confirmed their 31-man squad on Monday. Experi(...)