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Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt said Thursday the humidity in Japan has posed a challenge for his team’s Rugby World Cup campaign, and that he will continue to monitor the conditions ahead of his team’s final Pool A clash with Samoa.

Following Ireland’s 35-0 win over Russia at Kobe Misaki Stadium that lifted it to the top of the group, Schmidt admitted Japan’s high humidity is foreign to his squad, which entered the tournament as one of the favorites.

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