Jamie Joseph

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Joe Schmidt’s Ireland are looking to bounce back against Russia on Thursday. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

It was all going so well. Ireland’s Rugby World Cup campaign had got off to the perfect start, as they hammered Scotland 27-3 in Yokohama - a fixture (...)

 Michael Leitch and Fumiaki Tanaka of Japan celebrate  following the  Group A victory over Ireland. Photograph:  Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

Japan are now a serious factor at their own 2019 World Cup. The conditions and the scheduling already in their favour, now, thanks to a brilliantly pl(...)

Japan lock Luke Thompson is tackled by Johnny Sexton and CJ Stander during the Rugby World Cup Pool A game at the Ecopa stadium in  Shizuoka. Photograph:   Anne-Christine Poujoulat/AFP/Getty Images

On the crowded Keio train down to the main afternoon billing, the Australians weren’t talking about what to expect from the Welsh. They were still tra(...)

Japan players celebrate victory   after the final whistle of the Pool A game against Ireland  at the Ecopa stadium in Shizuoka. Photograph: Adam Davy/PA Wire

Japan 19 Ireland 12 As feared, the mental and emotional dynamics of this game were in sharp contrast to last week’s respective opening wins over Russ(...)

Johnny Sexton is likely to start for Ireland against Russia on Thursday. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Johnny rides to the rescue again. As was the case after the Lions’ first Test in New Zealand in 2017, or Ireland’s first Test in Australia in 2018, an(...)

Japan’s Pieter Labuschagne and Luke Thompson tackle Jack Carty. Photograph: Cameron Spencer/Getty)

The late bloomer lined up for the Brave Blossoms anthem, for the biggest moment in his life, with socks rolled down to shins. Same as always. “I’m no(...)

Japan skipper  Michael Leitch and Fumiaki Tanaka  celebrate the victory over Ireland at the Ecopa stadium in Shizuoka. Photograph:  Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

The fireworks that shook the concrete. Japan have their Genoa moment to follow Stuttgart. They have their David O’Leary to put beside Ray Houghton as (...)

Japan celebrate after their famous win over Ireland in Shizuoka. Photograph: Jiji Press/EPA

Back to earth with a bump. A week after they got their Rugby World Cup campaign off to a flying start against Scotland, Ireland are firmly back in the(...)

Japan prop Isileli Nakajima celebrates after his side’s famous win over Ireland. Photograph: Anne-Christine Poujoulat/AFP/Getty

Here, now, comes the Rising Sun chaos. Peter O’Mahony has the ball and with not much support around him, he launches the novel sight of a chip kick fo(...)

Jacob Stockdale in action for Ireland against Scotland in the opening Pool A win in  Yokohama. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Rugby World Cup Pool A: Japan v Ireland Kick-off: 4.45pm local time, 8.15am Irish time, Saturday. Venue: Ecopa Stadium, Shizuoka. How to follow: The (...)

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