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Scotland’s Stuart Hogg takes part in a training session at the International Stadium Yokohama in Kanagawa prefecture on Friday.  Photo: Kazuhiro/Getty

If desperation is the disease and experience the antidote – quote credit: Andy Farrell – Ireland are far from full health. The journey started eight (...)

Ireland prepare for Scotland in Yokohama. Photograph: Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP/Getty

October 18th, 2015. A wounded Ireland are put to the sword by a dashing Argentina side, full of vim and vigour, under the Millennium Stadium roof. Lo(...)

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 (...)

Ireland’s defence coach Andy Farrell at a press conference in Yokohama, Japan. Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Although the expectation remains that Keith Earls and Rob Kearney will not have fully recovered from quad and calf issues in time for Ireland’s openin(...)

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(...)

Ireland’s Joey Carbery, Jack Carty and Jack Conan take part in a training session at the Ichihara Suporeka Park ahead of the Rugby World Cup. Photo: Charly Triballeau/Getty Images

“I’m just glad I got invited to Joey’s press conference,” says Sean Cronin when someone took pity on the veteran hooker. “Thanks Joey.” Everyone is g(...)

Scotland’s Greig Laidlaw poses for photos with fans during a training session ahead of the 2019 Rugby World Cup. Photo: Tsuyoshi Ueda/Kyodo News via AP

Defence wins World Cups. We can win the World Cup. The chance to catch Ireland comes in Yokohama. This is Scotland. This is Stuart Hogg reaching for t(...)

Ireland’s Andrew Conway speask to Jonathan Sexton during a training session ahead of the opening Rugby World Cup match against Scotland. Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Continued doubts over the fitness of Rob Kearney and Keith Earls ahead of the World Cup opener against Scotland in Yokohama this Sunday look set to me(...)

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 (...)

Rob Kearney at Ireland training ahead of the opening Rugby World Cup matches against Scotland. Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The Irish management have moved to ease fears concerning Rob Kearney’s injury scare after the squad trained on Monday at their first Japanese base in (...)

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