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England’s Owen Farrell during a training session ahead of the Rugby World Cup quarter-final against Australia. Photo: David Rogers/Getty Images

Rugby World Cup quarter-final: England v Australia Kick-off: 8.15am Irish time, Saturday. Venue: Oita Stadium. How to follow: The Irish Times liveblo(...)

Maro Itoje  during  England rugby training  at Jissoji Ground in Beppu, Japan on Wednesday. Photograph:  David Rogers/Getty Images

England’s Maro Itoje has slammed this week’s racist abuse in football as appalling and abysmal and warned that rugby union should not consider itself (...)

Jack Dempsey of Australia scores his team’s third try during the Rugby World Cup 2019 Group D match against Georgia. Photo: Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

Australia 27 Georgia 8 Australia made heavy work of it in difficult conditions but outlasted a tough Georgia team to round out their Rugby World Cup (...)

James O’Connor in action for Australia against Wales during the Pool D clash at the  Tokyo Stadium, Tokyo, Japan. Photograph: Craig Mercer/Inpho

The Australians are having fun. Alan Alaalatoa, the team’s 20-stone prop, thought for a second when asked if he could take David Pocock in an arm wr(...)

France’s players celebrate with fans after bearing Tonga  at the Kumamoto Stadium in Kumamoto, Japan. Photograph:  Franck Fife/AFP via Getty Images

At the end of yet another week when the prevailing rugby mood was a bit on the glum side – the postmortem on Thursday’s narrow 35-0 win over Russia no(...)

Australia’s Dane Haylett-Petty scores his side’s seventh try against Uruguay. Photograph: David Davies/PA

Australia 45 Uruguay 10 Twice champions Australia overcame a sloppy start to crush Uruguay 45-10 on Saturday, forging towards the World Cup quarter-f(...)

Ireland hooker Rory Best is unable to explain dip in form which has affected his team at the Rugby World Cup. Photo: Filippo Monteforte/Getty Images

By far the best news to emerge from Ireland’s campaign after their scratchy 35-0 win over Russia and yet more bleak post-match injury bulletins was th(...)

 Wales and Australia fans show their support at Tokyo Stadium. Photograph: Mark Kolbe/Getty Images

It was a perfect storm of colour and accent and to the regular commuters on the Sunday evening Kaio local train bound for central Toyko, it must have (...)

Referee Romain Poite speaks to Australia’s flanker Michael Hooper and centre Samu Kerevi during the Rugby World Cup clash against Wales. Photo: William West/Getty Images

Michael Cheika prowled the field afterwards like a starving crocodile. Cajoled towards the television camera the former Leinster coach refused to bit(...)

Gareth Davies scores a crucial try for Wales on the stroke of half-time against the Wallabies. Photograph: Mark Kolbe/Getty

Australia 25 Wales 29 Australia coach Michael Cheika declared himself “embarrassed as a rugby player” after his team were penalised when their centre(...)

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