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Incredibly Frustrated Michael Cheika Didn’t Hide His Feelings After Loss

Sean McMahon reporting Tokyo Stadium Well, that was certainly entertaining, wasn’t it?  Drop goals, offloads, high tackles, yellow cards, interceptions, length of field tries – the Pool D clash between Australia and Wales certainly packed a punch. Wales ultimately came out on the right end of a 29-25 scoreline after Australia mounted a comeback in the second half when they …

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Chris Farrell Ruled Out Of Russia Clash With Concussion

Japan v Ireland - 2019 Rugby World Cup Pool A

Ireland centre Chris Farrell will miss Ireland’s upcoming Pool A clash with Russia on Thursday after suffering a concussion in the defeat to Japan. Farrell was replaced around the 60th minute mark of Ireland’s disappointing defeat to the hosts on Saturday and has not recovered from his concussion in time for Thursday’s game. The Munster man was one of three …

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Wales Hold Off Thrilling Australia Comeback To Clinch Famous Win

Australia Wales

Sean McMahon reporting from the Tokyo Stadium Wales have defeated Australia 29-25 at the Tokyo Stadium as they set their course on securing top spot in Pool D.  Wales produced a superb first-half performance as they scored tries through Hadleigh Parkes and the excellent Gareth Davies. Points from the boot of Dan Biggar, who was replaced by Rhys Patchell due …

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“I Didn’t Have A Good Game And That’s Stinging With Me At The Moment”

Cian Healy

Sean McMahon reporting from Shizuoka. You couldn’t help but feel sorry for Cian Healy in the aftermath of Ireland’s loss Japan on Saturday.  The powerful loosehead prop cut a downcast figure as he walked through a packed media mixed zone amid journalists probing with questions about Ireland’s shock defeat. But as ever, Healy spoke incredibly well despite the downbeat circumstances …

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IRFU Confirm Jordi Murphy To Replace Jack Conan At World Cup

Jordi Murphy

Sean McMahon reporting from Shizuoka.  The IRFU have confirmed that Jordi Murphy will replace Jack Conan in Ireland’s 31-man 2019 Rugby World Cup squad.  Last night, when Joe Schmidt spoke to the media in the aftermath of Ireland’s 19-12 loss to Japan in Shizuoka, the Kiwi head coach confirmed that Conan would be departing Japan on Sunday to return home …

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Joe Schmidt Reveals His Biggest Disappointment With Ireland Display

Ireland Joe Schmidt

Sean McMahon reporting from Shizuoka Stadium Ecopa.  Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt cut a downcast figure when he spoke to the media in the aftermath of his side’s 19-12 loss to Japan.  Ireland, after the opening 25 minutes of this game, were shambolic and they completely lacked the control and penetration which was evident in the opening quarter of the …

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“Lads, If We Were On Japanese TV, We’d Have No Problem Pointing Out The Excellence Of Their Performance”


Ireland fell to a bruising 19-12 defeat to Japan on Saturday at the Rugby World Cup. The hosts blitzed Joe Schmidt’s team in a relentless, breathless performance. At one stage of the match, Ireland were ahead 12-3. They scored two tries in the opening 22 minutes. However, at full-time, when it mattered, Japan had raced into a 19-12 lead. The …

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Jack Conan Ruled Out Of World Cup

Jack Conan

Sean McMahon reporting from Shizuoka Stadium Ecopa Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt confirmed in his post-match interview that Jack Conan is departing from the Rugby World Cup.  Conan was originally pencilled in to feature in today’s historic 19-12 loss to Japan but a foot injury sustained in training ruled him out of the Pool A clash. However, with Jordi Murphy …

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Stringer: Ireland Came Up So Short In Every Aspect Of The Game

Japan have defeated Ireland 19-12 after a heroic performance in the Rugby World Cup. Ireland went into the game as heavy favourites after a dominant display over Scotland last weekend that saw them come away with a bonus-point win. However, despite two tries in the opening twenty minutes, Joe Schmidt’s side were second best for large parts of the game. …

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Stadium Erupts As Japan Take Deserved Lead Against Ireland


It was a long time coming and Japan deservedly took the lead against Ireland in the 59th minute of their Pool A clash, much to the delight of their fans.  Two early tries from Garry Ringrose and Rob Kearney saw Ireland take an early commanding lead, however, it has been all Japan since. From their ferocious work at the breakdown …

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Jack Conan’s World Cup Under Threat As Murphy Pulled From Ulster


Jack Conan’s future involvement in the Rugby World Cup is under serious threat as the back-rower arrived at the Shizuoka Stadium with his foot in a moon boot.  During the week, the Irish camp confirmed that Conan picked up a foot injury during training and Ireland assistant coach Greg Feek said that more information would be available following today’s clash …

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“I Thought He Was Really Poor” – Donal Lenihan Piles Pressure On Gardner


Following World Rugby’s extraordinary statement about the standard of refereeing in the Rugby World Cup earlier this week, all eyes will be on Angus Gardner during today’s meeting of Ireland and Japan. The Australian referee was highly criticised following his performance during the opening round clash between France and Argentina as the Northern Hemisphere side were penalised 12 times, including …

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Ireland Coach Greg Feek Rejects Scrum Criticism From Japan

Ireland Japan Scrum

Sean McMahon reporting from Hamamatsu.  Ireland coach Greg Feek has rejected the criticism coming from the Japanese camp on his side’s scrum as the two teams prepare for battle on the eve of their clash at the Shizouka Stadium Ecopa.  One the narratives which has dominated proceedings throughout the week has been the criticism of the Irish scrum with Japan …

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