Cian Healy

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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 (...)

An Ireland and Scotland scrum during Sunday’s match in Yokohama. Photograph: Hannah Peters/Getty

Japan have accused Cian Healy of illegal scrummaging tactics, cranking up the tension ahead of Saturday’s World Cup clash with Ireland. Tighthead pro(...)

 Iain Henderson was back to his formidable best during the victory over Scotland  in Yokohama.  Photograph: Odd Andersen/AFP/Getty

Welcome back Ireland. Not that they ever really went away and the performances against Wales were pointers. But their opening game of the 2019 World C(...)

Cian Healy and Josh van der Flier on the way to depart Yokohama by Bullet Train. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The morning after the night before and with another travel day looming, if a mere half an hour trip at 200mph by Bullet Train, the Irish squad were ba(...)

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 (...)

Fiji’s Peceli Yato  is felled by Australian Reece Hodge’s (right) high body check. Yato could not return to play and Fiji lost their best player. Hodge went on to score when he should not have been on the pitch.  Photo: Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

Having hoped for an auspicious start, it’ll be back to the drawing board for the match officials at this Rugby World Cup. The games abounded with sp(...)

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(...)

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