Steve Jackson

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Bundee Aki with Robbie Henshaw after Ireland’s win over Samoa. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Joe Schmidt has expressed his sympathy for Bundee Aki in the light of the player’s red card in the 47-5 win over Samoa, and also the hope that he migh(...)

Bundee Aki is consoled by Jack Lam after he is shown a red card during Ireland’s win over Samoa. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Samoa coach Steve Jackson and captain Jack Lam have called on the World Rugby disciplinary committee to “see sense” by not suspending Bundee Aki for n(...)

Samoa’s head coach Steve Jackson takes part in  training session during the captain’s run at the Fukuoka Hakatanomori Stadium on the eve of the Rugby World Cup Pool A match against  Ireland. Photograph:  Christophe Simon/AFP via Getty Images

Joe Schmidt’s first match as Irish coach was a 40-9 win over Samoa in Dublin six years ago and, as ever, Samoa’s plans beyond this game remain unclear(...)

South African referee Jaco Peyer gives a yellow card to Samoa’s flanker TJ Ioane  during the Pool A match between Japan and Samoa at the City of Toyota Stadium last Saturday. Photograph: Adrian Dennis/AFP via Getty Images

The World Cup has become extremely serious everywhere else. Not down Fukuoka way. Tuipola Evan Charlton stood before a room of largely Irish journalis(...)

Bundee Aki in training ahead of Ireland’s clash with Samoa next Saturday. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Storm clouds gathering again. Ultimately the severe weather alert for the opening weekend proved unfounded, with the New Zealand-South Africa game una(...)

Tim Nanai-Williams of Samoa receives treatment during the defeat to Japan. Photograph:  Adam Pretty/Getty Images

Samoa coach Steve Jackson pulled no punches when it came to the refereeing performance of Jaco Peyper following Japan’s 38-19 victory at Toyota City s(...)

Scotland winger Sean Maitland  is tackled by  Samoa’s wing Ed Fidow leading to a penalty try and a second yellow card for Fidow during the Pool A clash at the Kobe Misaki Stadium. Photograph: Filippo Monteforte/AFP/Getty

Scotland 34 Samoa 0 Scotland huffed and puffed in the clammy heat of the Kobe Stadium to get the bonus point win they so badly needed, although they (...)

 Samoa’s Rey Lee-Lo  is tackled by Bogdan Fedotko and Andrei Polivalov of Russia in Samoa’s 34-9 win in  the  Rugby World Cup   in Kumagaya, Saitama, Japan. Photograph: Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

Rugby World Cup Pool A: Samoa v Scotland Kick-off: 11.15am. Venue: Kobe Misaki Stadium. How to follow: The Irish Times liveblog will begin at 10(...)

Joe Schmidt: “We’re preparing for a team who are playing at home and will do so with real pride.” Photograph: Craig Mercer/Inpho

Away from the madding crowds, the Irish squad have based themselves in a quaintly Japanese version of Carton House. Set in Fukuroi, 34km from Shizu(...)

Samoa’s Ahsee Tuala in action for Northampton Saints.Photograph: Shaun Botterill/Getty

Samoa Who are they The news that Toulouse’s Joe Tekori has retired from international rugby to remain with the French club, in a bid to presumably e(...)

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