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#RWC2019

Schmidt's attempt to build Ireland into immovable object crumbles before our eyes
# Dismantled
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# Dismantled

Schmidt's attempt to build Ireland into immovable object crumbles before our eyes

Oct 19th 2019, 3:05 PM 9,021 Views 35 Comments

Ireland’s form through 2019 has been leading to today’s result, despite their protests of positivity.

'I'm gutted for him' - Paulie and BOD lament Schmidt's cruel swansong
# Legacy
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# Legacy

'I'm gutted for him' - Paulie and BOD lament Schmidt's cruel swansong

Oct 19th 2019, 2:21 PM 12,831 Views 45 Comments

‘Look at what he’s done for Ireland over the past six or seven years,’ says Brian O’Driscoll.

'We felt we prepared well, we felt we had a game-plan'
# Bowing Out
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# Bowing Out

'We felt we prepared well, we felt we had a game-plan'

Oct 19th 2019, 1:47 PM 9,138 Views 31 Comments

Rory Best felt Ireland had prepared well for their quarter-final clash with New Zealand, despite conceding seven tries in Tokyo.

Out of 10: How we rated Ireland as they slump to heavy quarter-final defeat
# Player Ratings
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# Player Ratings

Out of 10: How we rated Ireland as they slump to heavy quarter-final defeat

Oct 19th 2019, 1:18 PM 36,563 Views 102 Comments

A horror show in Tokyo.

A sorry end to the Schmidt era as All Blacks obliterate Ireland at the World Cup
# Abysmal
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# Abysmal

A sorry end to the Schmidt era as All Blacks obliterate Ireland at the World Cup

Oct 19th 2019, 1:14 PM 62,155 Views 265 Comments

Despite huge Irish support, Schmidt’s side were dire to record yet another quarter-final defeat.

Watch: Disaster for Ireland as New Zealand strike for three early tries
# Up Against It
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# Up Against It

Watch: Disaster for Ireland as New Zealand strike for three early tries

Oct 19th 2019, 11:54 AM 16,294 Views 100 Comments

Ireland have been left with a mountain to climb after New Zealand raced into a 17-0 lead in Tokyo.

May's double sends England past Australia and into World Cup semi-final
# Powerful
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# Powerful

May's double sends England past Australia and into World Cup semi-final

Oct 19th 2019, 10:06 AM 11,821 Views 15 Comments

Eddie Jones’ side flexed their muscle in the first of the quarter-final ties in Oita.

As it happened: New Zealand v Ireland, Rugby World Cup quarter-final From The42
Live Oct 19th 2019, 10:00 AM

As it happened: New Zealand v Ireland, Rugby World Cup quarter-final

All Blacks stand in the way as Ireland target first-ever World Cup semi-final
# Preview
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# Preview

All Blacks stand in the way as Ireland target first-ever World Cup semi-final

Updated Oct 19th 2019, 8:20 AM 23,708 Views 33 Comments

‘There’s nothing we can do about the previous results,’ said Ireland out-half Johnny Sexton.

As it happened: England v Australia, Rugby World Cup quarter-final From The42
Live Oct 19th 2019, 7:15 AM

As it happened: England v Australia, Rugby World Cup quarter-final

Three cheers, two fingers for Ireland's only other RWC meeting with the All Blacks
# Previously
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# Previously

Three cheers, two fingers for Ireland's only other RWC meeting with the All Blacks

Oct 19th 2019, 12:30 AM 12,388 Views 6 Comments

Ireland’s Rugby World Cup story has only featured a cameo appearance from the All Blacks.

Dublin, Chicago and Hamilton - Ireland's last 5 meetings with New Zealand
# Recap
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# Recap

Dublin, Chicago and Hamilton - Ireland's last 5 meetings with New Zealand

Oct 18th 2019, 9:32 PM 21,199 Views 17 Comments

Ireland’s recent record against New Zealand has produced a mix of crushing lows and historic highs over the years.

Reece and Bridge can give All Blacks a 'fearless' edge against Ireland
# RWC2019
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# RWC2019

Reece and Bridge can give All Blacks a 'fearless' edge against Ireland

Oct 18th 2019, 3:55 PM 8,300 Views 20 Comments

Ian Foster says the defending champions are expecting a few tricks to be pulled from Joe Schmidt’s sleeve.

Sexton: 'We've been reared on knock-out rugby... we should use our experiences'
# Belief
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# Belief

Sexton: 'We've been reared on knock-out rugby... we should use our experiences'

Oct 18th 2019, 3:00 PM 24,102 Views 61 Comments

The Ireland out-half travelled to Tokyo Stadium without his team-mates today.

'The more often you play them, the more you realise they're just 15 blokes as well'
# All Blacks
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# All Blacks

'The more often you play them, the more you realise they're just 15 blokes as well'

Oct 18th 2019, 1:26 PM 8,813 Views 9 Comments

Jamie Heaslip looks back at the highs and lows of playing the All Blacks.

Penaud and Dupont passed fit for France's quarter-final showdown with Wales
# L'Equipe
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# L'Equipe

Penaud and Dupont passed fit for France's quarter-final showdown with Wales

Oct 18th 2019, 10:55 AM 3,610 Views 2 Comments

Jacques Brunel has made just one change to the side which began in such impressive fashion against Argentina.

Japan 'trying to forget' Brighton Miracle as they make enforced change for Springbok clash
# Team-Sheet
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# Team-Sheet

Japan 'trying to forget' Brighton Miracle as they make enforced change for Springbok clash

Oct 18th 2019, 10:21 AM 5,620 Views 0 Comments

‘We have some players from then, and it was an amazing achievement, but we’re working on our own things.’

The All Blacks have always loomed large for Kiwi native Joe Schmidt
# Influence
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# Influence

The All Blacks have always loomed large for Kiwi native Joe Schmidt

Updated Oct 18th 2019, 8:46 AM 18,410 Views 21 Comments

The Ireland head coach and Steve Hansen have had some great battles since 2013.

Wales' Biggar given all clear from second head knock to play France
# Return To Play
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# Return To Play

Wales' Biggar given all clear from second head knock to play France

Oct 18th 2019, 8:39 AM 3,841 Views 7 Comments

Jonathan Davies was also named in Warren Gatland’s XV after shaking off a knee problem.

Rich rewards were hard-earned as 2016 crop lit the way for Ireland against NZ
# High Steaks
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# High Steaks

Rich rewards were hard-earned as 2016 crop lit the way for Ireland against NZ

Oct 18th 2019, 6:00 AM 6,846 Views 1 Comment

‘I don’t think the boys in the restaurant were too pleased when we all walked in – especially seeing Andrew Porter!’

'It shows you that they're human' - Chicago changed everything for Ireland
# Belief
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# Belief

'It shows you that they're human' - Chicago changed everything for Ireland

Oct 18th 2019, 1:05 AM 4,194 Views 1 Comment

Ireland scrum-half Conor Murray underlined the confidence within Joe Schmidt’s squad.

'It’s not a thing I’d do' - Schmidt insists he hasn't called on ROG for inside info
# Knowledge
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# Knowledge

'It’s not a thing I’d do' - Schmidt insists he hasn't called on ROG for inside info

Oct 18th 2019, 1:00 AM 8,617 Views 11 Comments

The former Ireland out-half spent two seasons working with the Crusaders.

Kiwi World Cup doubt lies just under the skin, if Ireland can dig in
# High Achievers
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# High Achievers

Kiwi World Cup doubt lies just under the skin, if Ireland can dig in

Oct 17th 2019, 9:50 PM 12,755 Views 9 Comments

Even with three World Cups to their name, New Zealand’s past in the tournament is a painful one.

How are the teams shaping up entering the World Cup quarter-finals in Japan?
# Down To Business
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# Down To Business

How are the teams shaping up entering the World Cup quarter-finals in Japan?

Oct 17th 2019, 9:30 PM 26,233 Views 14 Comments

As the Rugby World Cup enters the knock-out stages, we take a look at the health of the eight quarter-finalists ahead of a massive weekend in Japan.

Analysis: How can Ireland go about beating the All Blacks in Tokyo?
# Details
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# Details

Analysis: How can Ireland go about beating the All Blacks in Tokyo?

Oct 17th 2019, 8:00 PM 37,756 Views 32 Comments

It will be fascinating to see how Joe Schmidt’s team go about attacking Richie Mo’unga off lineouts.

The haka remains 'very sacred and very special' according to the All Blacks
# Ritual
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# Ritual

The haka remains 'very sacred and very special' according to the All Blacks

Oct 17th 2019, 3:43 PM 11,397 Views 31 Comments

Ireland unforgettably faced the All Blacks in the figure of eight in 2016 in Chicago.

'ROG has been awesome... He’s very determined like all the other Irish are'
# Crusaders
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# Crusaders

'ROG has been awesome... He’s very determined like all the other Irish are'

Oct 17th 2019, 3:15 PM 34,423 Views 20 Comments

Ronan O’Gara has had an influence on several of the All Blacks players.

Kolbe back for 'Boks as Rassie embraces favourites' tag against Japan
# RWC2019
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# RWC2019

Kolbe back for 'Boks as Rassie embraces favourites' tag against Japan

Oct 17th 2019, 2:35 PM 4,478 Views 2 Comments

‘I’m not one of those coaches who sits here and says to you ‘I’m not really sure’, because we prepare to win.’

'I trust him infinitely' - Aussies to unleash teen Petaia on England
# Teenage Kicks
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# Teenage Kicks

'I trust him infinitely' - Aussies to unleash teen Petaia on England

Oct 17th 2019, 2:23 PM 9,298 Views 3 Comments

Michael Cheika has made five changes for the clash in Oita.

Henshaw and Ringrose the more tested midfield combo against All Blacks
# Cohesion
From The42
# Cohesion

Henshaw and Ringrose the more tested midfield combo against All Blacks

Oct 17th 2019, 1:04 PM 8,835 Views 20 Comments

The All Blacks have plenty of experience but some relatively new combinations.

Joe Schmidt has picked an Ireland 23 with the ingredients to beat the All Blacks
# Experienced
From The42
# Experienced

Joe Schmidt has picked an Ireland 23 with the ingredients to beat the All Blacks

Oct 17th 2019, 12:00 PM 35,942 Views 57 Comments

The head coach is backing players who have earned his trust over recent seasons.

O'Mahony 'a big moments player' for Ireland as Schmidt backs experience
# Big Calls
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# Big Calls

O'Mahony 'a big moments player' for Ireland as Schmidt backs experience

Oct 17th 2019, 9:45 AM 8,224 Views 58 Comments

The Ireland head coach said there were up to six tough selection calls in his team this week.

Kearney and O'Mahony recalled as Schmidt names team to face All Blacks
# Named
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# Named

Kearney and O'Mahony recalled as Schmidt names team to face All Blacks

Oct 17th 2019, 8:03 AM 41,463 Views 64 Comments

Joe Schmidt’s starting XV has 886 caps worth of Test rugby experience.

Uruguay in hot water over Rugby World Cup nightclub incident
# Incident
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# Incident

Uruguay in hot water over Rugby World Cup nightclub incident

Oct 17th 2019, 7:24 AM 20,575 Views 14 Comments

Damage was allegedly caused to a nightclub in Kumamoto.

From heartbreak to heroic: How each Ireland player has fared against the All Blacks
# All Blacks
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# All Blacks

From heartbreak to heroic: How each Ireland player has fared against the All Blacks

Oct 17th 2019, 6:05 AM 8,560 Views 5 Comments

There are players in the Ireland squad with over a decade of experience against the All Blacks under their belt, while others have only a handful of minutes.

England drop 'disappointed' George Ford to bench for Australia quarter-final
# Benched
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# Benched

England drop 'disappointed' George Ford to bench for Australia quarter-final

Oct 17th 2019, 5:12 AM 13,127 Views 10 Comments

Eddie Jones has sprung a big surprise by bringing Henry Slade into the team at outside centre.

Hansen picks Goodhue and Lienert-Brown in All Blacks midfield to face Ireland
# Team News
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# Team News

Hansen picks Goodhue and Lienert-Brown in All Blacks midfield to face Ireland

Oct 17th 2019, 4:54 AM 15,698 Views 33 Comments

The Kiwis have opted for Codie Taylor at hooker ahead of Dane Coles.

Ireland will not appeal Aki ban as Herring flies in to replace Cronin
# Banned
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# Banned

Ireland will not appeal Aki ban as Herring flies in to replace Cronin

Oct 17th 2019, 4:24 AM 6,074 Views 11 Comments

The Ireland centre’s World Cup is now definitely over but he will remain in Japan.

'My wife thought I was going to have a heart attack with the state I was' - Earls
# Chilled Out
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# Chilled Out

'My wife thought I was going to have a heart attack with the state I was' - Earls

Oct 17th 2019, 1:00 AM 13,169 Views 11 Comments

The Ireland wing is more relaxed than ever about a World Cup quarter-final against New Zealand.

Moody: 'We sort of owe Ireland one'
# OUT FOR REVENGE
From The42
# OUT FOR REVENGE

Moody: 'We sort of owe Ireland one'

Oct 16th 2019, 5:12 PM 17,121 Views 36 Comments

New Zealand prop Joe Moody says the All Blacks are keen to set the record straight against Ireland this weekend.