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Ireland’s CJ Stander, Andrew Porter and James Ryan during the anthems before their defeat to Japan at Shizuoka Stadium Ecopa. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

A worrying picture is beginning to form of this Ireland pack being ranked below previous Irish versions at World Cups. That theory can be altered over(...)

Ireland’s players take part in a training session at the Steelers training ground in Kobe. Photograph: Getty Images

Johnny Sexton will captain Ireland for the first time against Russia inside the sweltering Kobe Misaki stadium on Thursday evening. “It’s a massive h(...)

Ireland’s head coach Joe Schmidt and outhalf Jonathan Sexton take part in a training session at the Steelers Training Ground in Kobe this morning. Photograph: Getty Images

Ireland have made 11 changes in their starting XV to face Russia this Thursday in Kobe (kick-off 7.15pm local time/11.15am Irish time), with just four(...)

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(...)

Japan’s pack get ready to scrum down against Ireland during the Rugby World Pool A game against Ireland at the Ecopa stadium in Shizuoka on Saturday. Photograph: William West/AFP/Getty Images

How to frame one of the most amazing games of rugby I’ve ever seen; in defeat? Maybe by taking Friday’s ‘rewards’ and overlaying it on Japan. I had b(...)

Ireland’s Conor Murray stands dejected after the Rugby World Cup Pool A loss to Japan. Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Rob Kearney Ireland broken by Japan. Stunned on 68 minutes, and subsequently failing the HIA, it forced Stockdale to fullback, Luke McGrath onto the (...)

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 (...)

James Ryan continues in the secondrow alongside Iain Henderson against Japan. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

So far, so good. Ireland’s 2019 Rugby World Cup campaign is off to a near-perfect start, after they opened with a dominant 27-3 win over Scotland in Y(...)

It’s been a remarkable rise for Jack Carty, who was well down the out-half pecking order up until a year ago. Photograph: Hannah Peters/Getty Images

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

Keith Earls in Shizuoka this week. ‘Potentially, this could be my last World Cup,’ says the Munster winger. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

In his own typically unobtrusive way Keith Earls has become one of his country’s greatest players, and he will look to kick-start his third World Cup (...)

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