Ireland can top group with win if Japan loses

Rugby Oct 10, 2019

Ireland can top group with win if Japan loses

Ireland still gets a chance to finish top of its Rugby World Cup group after avoiding a typhoon — for now. The Irish are jostling with Japan for top spot in Pool A, having lost to the host, and need to beat Samoa in Fukuoka ...

Rugby World Cup on alert for powerful typhoon

Rugby Oct 7, 2019

Rugby World Cup on alert for powerful typhoon

Rugby World Cup organizers warned Monday that a powerful typhoon forming to the south of Japan could bring fierce winds and torrential rain over the last weekend of the pool stages. Japan's Meteorological Agency (JMA) is tracking Typhoon Hagibis, expected to develop into the highest ...

Ireland shakes off loss to Japan with victory over Russia

Rugby Oct 3, 2019

Ireland shakes off loss to Japan with victory over Russia

Ireland rebounded from its jolting loss to Japan by defeating winless Russia 35-0 in a humdrum Rugby World Cup match on Thursday. The Irish made 11 changes for the pool match five days after the Japan result, and still looked well oiled in going 14-0 ...

Brave Blossoms play down comments on officiating

Rugby Oct 2, 2019

Brave Blossoms play down comments on officiating

by Rich Freeman

Japan defense coach Scott Hansen put aside reports that World Rugby has admitted the referee got three out of four offside calls wrong in the Brave Blossoms' 19-12 defeat of Ireland last weekend in Shizuoka, saying his team "were only looking forward." "Those looking back, ...

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 ...