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Ireland’s Andrew Conway in action with Sean Maitland of Scotland during their 27-3 victory in International Stadium, Yokohama. Photograph: Craig Mercer/Inpho

After a vintage All Blacks performance 24 hours earlier in the same venue, this was vintage Ireland. Comparatively less thrilling, it was, nonetheless(...)

Ireland’s CJ Stander makes a break during the Rugby World Cup win over Scotland. Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The heavyweight Springboks appear on the horizon. The narrative is unavoidable now. It’s all but confirmed with next Saturday’s expected victory over (...)

Greig Laidlaw consoles John Barclay during Scotland’s 27-3 in Yokohama. Photograph: Cameron Spencer/Getty

What were you worried about? After all the build-up, all the hype and all the nerves, Ireland have safely negotiated the first hurdle of their Rugby W(...)

Ireland’s Niall Scannell leaves the pitch after the Rugby World Cup win over Scotland. Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Henderson breaks In the fifth minute Irish lock, Iain Henderson sprints with the ball between captain Stuart McNally and secondrow Grant Gilchrist. H(...)

 Bundee Aki  receives medical attention during the  Pool A match  at the International Stadium  in Yokohama. Photograph:   Behrouz Mehri/AFP/Getty Images

Joe Schmidt has admitted Ireland’s six-day turnaround to face hosts Japan at the World Cup is a “frustration” that leaves head injury doubts Peter O’M(...)

Ireland’s CJ Stander runs at Scotland’s Sean Maitland during the Rugby World Cup Pool A game in Yokohama. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

There was much to admire in Ireland’s hard-nosed and ruthlessly emphatic 27-3 victory over Scotland, not least the vindication of the team selection, (...)

Scotland players are applauded by Ireland players after the  game. Photograph:  Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

Scotland boss Gregor Townsend was left scratching his head over his side’s lack of energy and aggression during their 27-3 loss to Ireland in their W(...)

Scotland’s Stuart Hogg, Chris Harris and Scott Cummings dejected after their 27-3 defeat to Ireland in the 2019 Rugby World Cup Pool A match at the International Stadium Yokohama. Photo: Ashley Western/PA Wire

15 Stuart Hogg Active first half but a lot of it defending and going backwards. Did well when Conway kicked and chased but rarely allowed to bring hi(...)

Irish players celebrate their win after the Rugby World Cup match against Scotland in Yokohama. Photo: Franck Robichon/Getty Images

15 Jordan Larmour This can be his World Cup. Despite ignoring the percentage play with a needless offload and chip, both putting Ireland under seriou(...)

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(...)

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