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Rob Kearney carries to score Ireland’s opening try during their victory over Russia. Photograph: Jayne Russell/Inpho

It was far from pretty, but it was a case of job just about done for Ireland on Thursday, as they beat Russia 35-0 in Kobe. Andrew Conway’s second-ha(...)

Scotland’s scrumhalf Greig Laidlaw celebrates after scoring a try against Samoa. Photograph: Getty Images

Scotland 34 Samoa 0 Scotland the proof; any amount of misery can be unburdened at this World Cup. Yokohama pain forgotten until they return there to(...)

 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(...)

Conor Murray after Ireland’s defeat to Japan. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Doom! Ireland’s 19-12 defeat to Japan has cast an early shadow over their tournament, with the opening weekend win over Scotland in Yokohama now a dis(...)

Hamish Watson suffered a serious knee injury during Scotland’s defeat to Ireland in Yokohama. Photograph: Behrouz Mehri/AFP/Getty

Scotland have suffered a fresh blow to their World Cup hopes after flanker Hamish Watson was ruled out for the rest of the tournament. The Edinburgh (...)

Head coach Joe Schmidt waves to fans  before Ireland’s World Cup opener against Scotland. Photograph:   Stu Forster/Getty Images

Joe Schmidt isn’t exactly a how-do-you-like-me-now kind of dude. We know this. We like this. Part of the reason the likes of Warren Gatland and Eddie (...)

Ireland’s  Jacob Stockdale makes a break  during the  Rugby World Cup Pool A clash against Scotland at  the International Stadium Yokohama in Yokohama. Photograph: Charly Triballeau/AFP/Getty

For me, Gregor Townsend’s pre-match interview was fascinating. When the Scottish coach was asked what he said to his team before leaving them on the p(...)

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 wing Andrew Conway scores the fourth Ireland  try in the side’s 27-3 win over Scotland. Photograph:   Stu Forster/Getty Images

Whatever doubts there were about this Irish team focused in large part on the back three, but it transpires that those questions were a source of moti(...)

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(...)

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