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World Cup Quarter-Final Draw Confirmed After Superb Japan Victory

World Cup quarter finals

The quarter-final makeup of the 2019 Rugby World Cup is now confirmed after Japan’s sensational 28-21 victory over Scotland at the Yokohama Stadium.  Scotland took a 7-0 lead through a Finn Russell try but Japan dominated possession (79%) for the remainder of the half as they ran in three scintillating tries from Kotaro Matsushima, Keita Inagaki and Kenki Fukuoka to …

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IRFU Hit Back At “Completely False” Claims In Sunday Times Article

IRFU Sunday Times

The IRFU have hit back at claims by Sunday Times columnist Stephen Jones that Ireland and New Zealand were “vehemently opposed” to the possibility that the Pool A clash between Scotland and Japan could be rearranged.  Prior to the confirmation that today’s game would go ahead as scheduled, Scotland have been putting pressure on World Rugby to rearrange the game …

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World Rugby Confirm Scotland & Japan Will Go Ahead Today

Scotland Japan

World Rugby have confirmed that the final Pool A clash between Scotland & Japan will go ahead on Sunday (11.45 am UK & Ireland time) as scheduled.  Typhoon Hagibis has left 19 people dead, 16 people missing and more than 100 people injured according to the latest figures from Kyodo News. The destructive weather event as already played havoc with …

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Explained: The Three-Way Race For Qualification In Pool A

Pool A Qualification

There are just two matches remaining in Pool A of the 2019 Rugby World Cup with Ireland, Scotland and Japan all still within a shout of qualifying for the knockout stages.  Japan’s bonus-point victory over Samoa on Saturday has seen them go on top of Pool A with 14 points after three games played. Ireland are on 11 points with …

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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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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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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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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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Scrum Jibe From Japan Will Only Motivate Cian Healy More – Schmidt

Cian Healy

Sean McMahon reporting from Hamamatsu.  The Japanese press conferences this week have been a breath of fresh air.  The players and coaches have made no secret about the fact that they know they can beat Ireland this weekend. From straight to the point statements such as “we are confident that we can beat them” and “we’ll attack that” or the …

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Ireland Name Team To Face Japan On Saturday

Ireland Team Japan

Sean McMahon reporting from Shizouka.  Head coach Joe Schmidt has named the Ireland team which will take on Japan in Saturday’s Pool A clash at the Shizouka Stadium Ecopa.  Schmidt has made a number of changes to the side which beat Scotland 27-3 in Yokohama on Sunday. In total, Schmidt has made four changes to the starting XV which defeated …

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