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 Rob Kearney has got the nod at fullback to face New Zealand in Saturday’s Rugby World cup quarter-final. Photograph:    Adam Davy/PA Wire

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

Ireland fullback Jordan Larmour  runs with at Samoa’s Alapati Leiua during the Rugby World Cup  Group A game at the Hakatanomori Stadium in Fukuoka. Photograph: Michael Steele/Getty Images

Ireland 47 Samoa 5 This was timely and reassuring. Save for a few minutes after the double whammy of Samoa’s try and Bundee Aki’s sending off, this b(...)

 New Zealand’s  Sonny Bill Williams stretches to score the  All Blacks’ third try during the Rugby World Cup Pool B match against  Canada at the Oita Stadium. Photograph:  Gabriel Bouys/AFP via Getty Images

Day 13 of the Rugby World Cup. To which the obvious reaction can only be – hang on, are you certain it’s only Day 13? Wasn’t Ireland’s win over Scotla(...)

Kenki Fukuoka of Japan runs in to o score his side’s first try during the Rugby World Cup Group A game against  Ireland at the  Ecopa  stadium   in  Shizuoka. Photograph: Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

Cripes. Did we ever imagine that the high point of the second half would be that moment when “signal loss detected” popped up on the screen? And the l(...)

USA flanker John Quill is shown a red card by referee Nic Berry after a dangerous tackle on England’s Owen Farrell during their Rugby World Cup Pool C game at  Kobe Misaki Stadium. Photograph: Craig Mercer/Inpho

On the very first re-viewing of John Quill’s 70th-minute shoulder charge on Owen Farrell on Thursday in Kobe, referee Nic Berry probably had his mind (...)

England winger Joe Cokanasiga  is tackled by USA prop David Ainuu as he runs in to score a try during Rugby World Cup Pool C at the Kobe Misaki Stadium. Photograph: Filippo Monteforte/AFP/Getty Images

The hardest yards at the Rugby World Cup come in midweek, when the big dogs bark and the yappy ones get chomped. How do you cover a game where everyon(...)

Tommy Bowe:  will  host the Rugby World Cup coverage on eir Sport where he’ll have a trio of ex-team-mates for company – Gordon D’Arcy, Peter Stringer and Jerry Flannery. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

This is very definitely a World Cup for people who get up early in the morning. And with 48 matches over 44 days, the schedule will be a gruelling en(...)

Scrumhalf Conor Murray, who will compete in his third World Cup tournament, during training at Carton House, Co Kildare. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Along with his two Lions tours, Conor Murray’s two previous World Cups are benchmarks for his career to date. The naming of the 31-man squad on Monday(...)

Ireland’s Craig Casey in action against France’s Arthur Vincent. “We will back ourselves against any team we come up against.” Photograph: Oisín Keniry/Inpho

Ireland Under-20 coach Noel McNamara affectionately refers to Craig Casey as ‘Le Petit General,’ a ubiquitous phrase coined to describe a succession o(...)

Leinster’s Gordon D’Arcy celebrates his try as Johnny Sexton and Munster’s Ronan O’Gara exchange words in the Heineken Cup semi-final in 2009. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

When Irish rugby historians search for the biggest shift in the balance of power at provincial level they need look no further than May 2nd, 2009, and(...)

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