Edinburgh’s Eroni Sau goes past Alex Wootton of Munster to scores his side’s second try in the Guinness Pro 14 game against Munster at Musgrave Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Munster 16 Edinburgh 18 An understrength Munster side, having come from 10-0 down in the opening half, were unable to close out the deal when they hi(...)

 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(...)

Iain Henderson makes a break against Scotland during the World Cup clash at the  International Stadium, Yokohama, Japan. Photograph: Craig Mercer/Inpho

The incoming Ulster captain deserved a few minutes of our time. Turns out everyone was forced to witness Iain Henderson’s rare burst into open country(...)

Ireland’s Andrew Conway celebrates scoring the fourth try with Johnny Sexton and Conor Murray during the  Rugby World Cup Pool A game at the  International Stadium in Yokohama. Photograph: Craig Mercer/Inpho

Ireland 27 Scotland 3 This was the real Ireland again, although they never really went away, they just went a little awry. Back to their best impress(...)

Ireland’s players bow to applaud fans after the Rugby World Cup  Group A victory over Scotland in Yokohama. Photograph:  Stu Forster/Getty Images

All of the doubts and all of the fears just evaporated in the warm rain of Yokohama as Ireland got back to what they have done supremely throughout th(...)

Stuart Hogg starts for Scotland against Ireland on Sunday. Photograph: Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP/Getty

Gregor Townsend has opted to name an experienced line-up ahead of Scotland’s World Cup opener against Ireland. Skipper Stuart McInally will lead out (...)

France wing Alivereti Raka  dives across the line to score a try during the  Rugby World Cup warm-up  match against Scotland  at the Allianz Riviera stadium, in Nice. Photograph: Pascal Guyot/AFP/Getty Images

France 32 Scotland 3 Gregor Townsend admits Scotland have work to do to get their World Cup preparations back on track after being dismantled by Fra(...)

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(...)

Munster’s Jack O’Donoghue in action against  Andrea Lovotti of Zebre in their victory last weekend at Thomond Park. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Heineken Champions Cup quarter-final preview  Edinburgh v Munster  Venue: Murrayfield.  Kick-off: 12.45pm.  On TV: Live on Virgin (...)

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