Ireland looks to regain footing against Russia

Rugby Oct 2, 2019

Ireland looks to regain footing against Russia

It is a game Ireland dares not lose and one in a sense it cannot "win" when it tries to revive its Rugby World Cup campaign against Russia on Thursday. Ireland's hopes of being crowned world champion for the first time suffered a setback with ...

Ireland star Jonathan Sexton to return for match against Russia

Rugby Oct 1, 2019

Ireland star Jonathan Sexton to return for match against Russia

World Rugby Player of the Year Jonathan Sexton will captain Ireland in its Rugby World Cup match against Russia on Thursday after recovering from a thigh injury. The flyhalf missed Ireland's shock 19-12 defeat to Japan in Fukuroi, Shizuoka Prefecture, on Saturday, which threw Pool ...

Shocked Ireland fans praise Japan after unexpected loss

Rugby Sep 28, 2019

Shocked Ireland fans praise Japan after unexpected loss

Fervent Ireland rugby fans were in shock on Saturday but also praised Rugby World Cup host Japan for a stunning 19-12 win over their team, which entered the tournament ranked No. 1 in the world. "I feel that you never underestimate your opponents. Never," said ...

Scotland changes entire back row for showdown with Samoa

Rugby Sep 28, 2019

Scotland changes entire back row for showdown with Samoa

Scotland coach Gregor Townsend has changed his entire back row for Monday's Rugby World Cup match against Samoa, as his injury-hit team seeks to bounce back from a disappointing loss to Ireland. Magnus Bradbury, Jamie Ritchie and Blade Thomson come in for John Barclay, Ryan ...

Johnny Sexton skips Ireland training ahead of Japan match

Rugby Sep 24, 2019

Johnny Sexton skips Ireland training ahead of Japan match

Johnny Sexton sat out training Tuesday ahead of Ireland's second Pool A match against tournament host Japan in Shizuoka on Saturday. "That wouldn't be unusual for him not to train two days after a test match," Ireland skills coach Richie Murphy said of the influential ...