Rob Kearney

1044 results

Ireland’s Jonathan Sexton impressed in his team’s bonus point win against Samoa at the Fukuoka Hakatanomori Stadium. Photograph: Getty Images

Ireland’s 45-7 victory over Samoa was excellent when weighted with the pre-match considerations. The pitch issues, pressure borne of expectation and a(...)

Conor Murray and Johnny Sexton will start and Ireland Test together for the 55th time against Samoa, equalling the halfback pairing of Ronan O’Gara and Peter Stringer. Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/Inpho

As Typhoon Hagibis already begins to wreak havoc on the final weekend of the pool stages before doing so on Tokyo itself, Ireland’s game against Samoa(...)

Ireland’s Jacob Stockdale is tackled by Japan’s Ryohei Yamanaka during the the Pool A defeat  at Shizuoka Stadium. “I thought in the Japan game particularly, they defended really well as a team.” Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Jacob Stockdale still has a pretty decent strike rate for Ireland, with 16 tries in 23 Tests. But at this World Cup he’s hardly had a sniff of the try(...)

 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(...)

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 Garry Ringrose is tackled by Igor Galinovskiy and Vasily Artemyev of Russia during the 2019 Rugby World Cup match in Kobe. Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Vasily Artemyev lingers inside The Misaki stadium on this typhoon-threatened night for as long as possible. There are old friends to see and 15 jersey(...)

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 fans celebrate winning in Kobe. Photograph: Jayne Russell/Inpho

There were times in that second half when Donal Lenihan was so down in the dumps he tried to lift his spirits by playing a game of spot-the-look-a-lik(...)

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