Stuart Hogg

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Against Wales, the Irish defence was   rarely broken with Bundee Aki leading the way. Photograph: Charly Triballeau/AFP/Getty Images

Can Ireland cope in the tram tracks? In October 2015, I was in Cardiff for Ireland’s Rugby World Cup quarter-final game against Argentina and have two(...)

Ulster coach Dan McFarland worked with the Scotland forwards under Gregor Townsend. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Dan McFarland’s intimate knowledge of the inner workings of Scottish rugby was accumulated during his time as assistant coach to Gregor Townsend at th(...)

Now, with Scotland in their sights, all that torture has been moulded into something resembling peak performance. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Small island, big dreams. There’s nowhere to hide on this green rock. Six hours cruising in his vintage mustang can have Jacob Stockdale beside Conor (...)

Ireland coach Joe Schmidt, scrum coach Greg Feek and defence coach Andy Farrell at a training session in Ichihara Suporeku Park, Tokyo. Photograph: ©INPHO/Dan Sheridan

Joe Schmidt and the Irish coaches have rarely had the welcome dilemma of choosing from a full deck in midfield, but in the anticipated absence of Robb(...)

Secondrow Jonny Gray  has returned from a hamstring injury and will play for Scotland against Georgia on Friday night. Photograph:  David Rogers/Getty Images

Gregor Townsend has wrapped a number of his key men up in cotton wool after leaving them out of Scotland’s World Cup send-off with Georgia at Murrayfi(...)

Stuart McInally will captain Scotland at  the World Cup. Photograph: Craig Watson/Inpho

Gregor Townsend insists Scotland have never been stronger as they prepare to jet out for the World Cup at almost full strength. Only the injured Sam (...)

Duncan Taylor makes his Scotland return against France in Nice on Saturday. Photograph: Ian MacNicol/Getty

Duncan Taylor will make his first Scotland appearance for two years when he starts against France in Nice on Saturday. The 29-year-old has not featur(...)

Scotland’s Stuart Hogg will be key to their hopes in Japan. Photograph: Ian Rutherford/PA

Scotland Who are they If there is one match to prove that Scotland are to be feared it came at the end of the 2019 Six Nations, when they produced o(...)

AJ MacGinty in action for the USA against Ireland in 2017. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

USA Who are they The USA have been an ever-present at the Rugby World Cup, appearing in every tournament since 1987, but they are yet to progress be(...)

Scotland’s Finn Russell in action duringhis side’s win over France at Murrayfield in August. Photograph: Ian Rutherford/PA

Pool A Ireland - world ranking 2nd (8-1) Scotland - 7th (40-1) Japan - 10th (150-1) Samoa - 16th (500-1) Russia - 20th (2500-1) The contenders A fi(...)

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