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#JAPAN 2019

From The42 Heaslip, Ferris and Madigan join RTÉ's Rugby World Cup coverage RWC2019

Heaslip, Ferris and Madigan join RTÉ's Rugby World Cup coverage

All of Ireland’s games from Japan will be live on RTÉ.

From The42 'I keep trying to tell myself to enjoy it': Kearney's third and final World Cup JAPAN 2019

'I keep trying to tell myself to enjoy it': Kearney's third and final World Cup

The Ireland fullback starts against Wales on Saturday.

From The42 Hansen puts focus on World Cup after New Zealand lose top spot in rankings Watch The Throne This post contains videos

Hansen puts focus on World Cup after New Zealand lose top spot in rankings

The All Black boss says he has found some answers to problems over the course of the Rugby Championship.

From The42 Ireland's RWC pool rivals Japan rise to 9th in world rankings after impressive win over USA Movers And Shakers This post contains videos

Ireland's RWC pool rivals Japan rise to 9th in world rankings after impressive win over USA

Jamie Joseph’s side are in rude health.

From The42 Dillane and Scannell return to provincial duty as Schmidt names 43-man squad for Italy clash Squad

Dillane and Scannell return to provincial duty as Schmidt names 43-man squad for Italy clash

Joe Schmidt’s side face Italy on Saturday afternoon in the first of four warm-up games ahead of the World Cup.

From The42 Kolbe return among 12 changes for 'Boks as they take on New Zealand Test Run

Kolbe return among 12 changes for 'Boks as they take on New Zealand

After demolishing Australia, Rassie Erasmus will unleash his strongest available team this weekend.

From The42 All Blacks fired up for Wellington revenge against 'Boks Dress Rehearsal

All Blacks fired up for Wellington revenge against 'Boks

South Africa’s only win in eight Tests against the world champions came in New Zealand’s capital.

From The42 Reece in the limelight as World Cup looms large over international rugby season kick-off RWC2019

Reece in the limelight as World Cup looms large over international rugby season kick-off

The tick-tock of Rugby World Cup countdown is getting louder, though New Zealand and South Africa are holding back on opening weekend.

From The42 Wayne Barnes installed as referee for Ireland's pivotal RWC clash with Scotland Official Business

Wayne Barnes installed as referee for Ireland's pivotal RWC clash with Scotland

The veteran English official hasn’t always been a good omen for Ireland.

From The42 'Playing at a World Cup is always something I've really, really wanted to do' JAPAN 2019

'Playing at a World Cup is always something I've really, really wanted to do'

Joey Carbery recalls his earliest World Cup memories as he prepares for Japan 2019.

From The42 Toner returning to full fitness for career's final big stretch Lock Stock

Toner returning to full fitness for career's final big stretch

The second row hopes to soon be back in full training ahead of what he expects to be his last World Cup.

From The42 Former captains out in the cold as Eddie Jones brings England World Cup squad together RWC2019

Former captains out in the cold as Eddie Jones brings England World Cup squad together

The former Japan boss has made exceptions in his initial squad, but Dylan Hartley is not one of them.

From The42 Wallaby hooker Latu given four-game ban for drink-driving Time Served

Wallaby hooker Latu given four-game ban for drink-driving

The Waratahs suspended the 26-year-old for two games after the incident, so the fourth match of his punishment will be played this weekend.

From The42 Japan captain Leitch 'quietly confident' as he faces World Cup pool with Ireland Pool A

Japan captain Leitch 'quietly confident' as he faces World Cup pool with Ireland

‘Once we get out of (the pool) we’ve either got New Zealand or South Africa, and we’re not going to lay down for them either.’

From The42 Ireland captain Best calls for expanded World Cup squads JAPAN 2019

Ireland captain Best calls for expanded World Cup squads

‘At a World Cup you shouldn’t have to have makeshift people in there,’ the hooker says.

From The42 'There's no point going 'oh sure it'll be right when we get to Japan'' Work To Do

'There's no point going 'oh sure it'll be right when we get to Japan''

Ireland captain Rory Best knows his side need to find form and intensity in this summer’s warm-up games.

From The42 Bowe surprised by McCloskey's omission from Schmidt's World Cup training squad Overlooked

Bowe surprised by McCloskey's omission from Schmidt's World Cup training squad

The Ulster centre enjoyed an excellent season but was overlooked for Ireland’s extended summer panel.

From The42 Sexton insists Ireland have not already peaked as he takes aim at World Cup JAPAN 2019

Sexton insists Ireland have not already peaked as he takes aim at World Cup

With a Grand Slam and a first-ever home win over New Zealand, 2018 was a tough act to follow for Ireland.

From The42 Pocock calls an end to his time with Brumbies and chases World Cup fitness Gold Standard

Pocock calls an end to his time with Brumbies and chases World Cup fitness

The Wallabies back row is struggling with a calf issue and his club have been unable to put a time frame on his return.

From The42 Gatland calls up two uncapped players for Wales' World Cup training squad JAPAN 2019

Gatland calls up two uncapped players for Wales' World Cup training squad

Prop Rhys Carre and wing Owen Lane have been included in the 42-man training panel.

From The42 Schmidt to name Ireland's 31-man World Cup squad before final warm-up game JAPAN 2019

Schmidt to name Ireland's 31-man World Cup squad before final warm-up game

The head coach will have to cut his panel down to 31 players by 7 September.

From The42 All Black coach Hansen stokes Cheika rivalry with 'Mickey Mouse' jibe Black Ops

All Black coach Hansen stokes Cheika rivalry with 'Mickey Mouse' jibe

New Zealand’s head coach admits he actively uses mind games against other coaches, though not against ‘a good coach and a mate’ Joe Schmidt.

From The42 Australia pull Larkham from attack coach role after Cheika row Reshuffle

Australia pull Larkham from attack coach role after Cheika row

Rugby Australia have moved the former out-half to a new role just over seven months before the Wallabies begin their World Cup campaign.

From The42 Ireland World Cup tickets 'extremely limited' ahead of general sale JAPAN 2019

Ireland World Cup tickets 'extremely limited' ahead of general sale

First-come-first-served ticket sales for this year’s tournament in Japan begin this week.

From The42 Van der Merwe strikes twice to seal final World Cup place for Canada JAPAN 2019

Van der Merwe strikes twice to seal final World Cup place for Canada

The Canucks will face New Zealand and South Africa in Japan.

From The42 Namibia become 19th team to book their place at next year's World Cup JAPAN 2019

Namibia become 19th team to book their place at next year's World Cup

They’ll go into a pool with defending champions New Zealand, South Africa and Italy.

From The42 Samoa beat Germany to secure place in Ireland's World Cup pool JAPAN 2019

Samoa beat Germany to secure place in Ireland's World Cup pool

Joe Schmidt’s side will face Scotland, Japan, Russia and Samoa at next year’s tournament.

From The42 Germany keep World Cup dream alive, will face Samoa for place in Ireland's pool JAPAN 2019

Germany keep World Cup dream alive, will face Samoa for place in Ireland's pool

The sides will face off in a home-and-away play-off.

From The42 2019 RWC qualifying appeals fail, World Rugby vows to take tighter control Governance

2019 RWC qualifying appeals fail, World Rugby vows to take tighter control

The governing body promises to undertake a full review and possibly build a database to help avoid a repeat of the debacle which leaves Russia in Ireland’s Rugby World Cup pool.

From The42 Romania to appeal Rugby World Cup disqualification JAPAN 2019

Romania to appeal Rugby World Cup disqualification

The Romanian rugby federation insist the player at the centre of the controversy was eligible to play for them.

From The42 Russia to join Ireland's RWC Pool as ruling made on Rugby Europe debacle Controversy

Russia to join Ireland's RWC Pool as ruling made on Rugby Europe debacle

Spain, Romania and Belgium were all hit with sanctions for fielding ineligible players.

From The42 Rugby Europe row rankles with Samoa as they face wait for World Cup qualifier JAPAN 2019

Rugby Europe row rankles with Samoa as they face wait for World Cup qualifier

The Pacific nation is likely to join Ireland in RWC Pool A, but delaying their play-off with a European team could complicate matters for their best players.

From The42 Cheika set to walk if Wallabies don't win World Cup JAPAN 2019

Cheika set to walk if Wallabies don't win World Cup

“So there is only winning the World Cup, otherwise it is probably somebody else’s opportunity to do it.”

From The42 Ex-Munster prop Sagario helps Uruguay to qualify for 2019 World Cup JAPAN 2019

Ex-Munster prop Sagario helps Uruguay to qualify for 2019 World Cup

Uruguay qualify as Americas 2 and join Australia, Wales, Georgia and Fiji in Pool D.

From The42 Planning on following Ireland at the 2019 World Cup? Tickets go on sale tomorrow JAPAN 2019

Planning on following Ireland at the 2019 World Cup? Tickets go on sale tomorrow

Fans can apply for team and stadium packs as tickets go on sale globally.

From The42 'June will be very tough for us, today's draw will spark a real interest (in Japan)' -- Joe Schmidt Sneak Preview

'June will be very tough for us, today's draw will spark a real interest (in Japan)' -- Joe Schmidt

The Ireland head coach called the pool draw featuring Scotland and Japan ‘a mixed bag’.

From The42 Ireland draw Scotland, while England placed in pool of death again for 2019 Rugby World Cup JAPAN 2019

Ireland draw Scotland, while England placed in pool of death again for 2019 Rugby World Cup

Joe Schmidt should be very happy with what the pool draw delivered in Kyoto.

From The42 Pumas, 'Boks and Les Bleus the ones to avoid as Ireland go to RWC draw as a top seed JAPAN 2019

Pumas, 'Boks and Les Bleus the ones to avoid as Ireland go to RWC draw as a top seed

If Ireland are to reach their first ever World Cup semi-final, a bit of luck in tomorrow’s pool draw in Kyoto is vital.

From The42 Here are the 12 venues Japan will use to host the 2019 Rugby World Cup DEADLY DOZEN

Here are the 12 venues Japan will use to host the 2019 Rugby World Cup

How would Ireland match up if the 2023 bid was successful?