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 ...

Even after routing Scotland, Ireland remains wary of Japan

Rugby Sep 22, 2019

Even after routing Scotland, Ireland remains wary of Japan

by Andrew McKirdy

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt dismissed suggestions his players can take it easy after starting their Rugby World Cup campaign with a resounding win over Scotland on Sunday, warning that "dangerous" next opponent Japan will punish any complacency from the world's No. 1-ranked side. Ireland ...

Ireland coach defends inclusion of Jean Kleyn over Devin Toner

Rugby Sep 4, 2019

Ireland coach defends inclusion of Jean Kleyn over Devin Toner

Ireland coach Joe Schmidt has slammed Agustin Pichot's criticism of his decision to select Jean Kleyn instead of Devin Toner in his World Cup squad. World Rugby vice chairman Pichot urged Toner to ask the sport's governing body "for answers" following his controversial absence from ...

Ireland bounces back with win against Wales

Rugby Sep 1, 2019

Ireland bounces back with win against Wales

Ireland restored some pride by beating Wales 22-17 in a scrappy Rugby World Cup warmup between second-string sides on Saturday. The Irish were in desperation mode after enduring a 57-15 thrashing from England last weekend at Twickenham and responded by pulling ahead 22-3 in Cardiff ...

England runs over Ireland in Rugby World Cup warmup

Rugby Aug 25, 2019

England runs over Ireland in Rugby World Cup warmup

England issued a powerful statement ahead of the Rugby World Cup when it overwhelmed Ireland by a record 57-15 margin at Twickenham on Saturday. England scored eight tries to Ireland's two to eclipse its 46-6 win in Dublin in 1997 for the most points ...

Ireland routs Japan for sweep

More Sports / Rugby Jun 24, 2017

Ireland routs Japan for sweep

by Andrew McKirdy

Ireland beat Japan 35-13 on Saturday to sweep their two-game series despite a rousing second-half performance by the 2019 Rugby World Cup hosts. Ireland thrashed Japan 50-22 in the opening game in Shizuoka the previous weekend and the visitors wasted little time in establishing their ...

Ireland looking to break World Cup hoodoo

More Sports / Rugby Jun 21, 2017

Ireland looking to break World Cup hoodoo

by Andrew McKirdy

The Ireland rugby team believes it deserves to be considered among the favorites to lift the 2019 World Cup in Japan and has little time for suggestions that the six-time quarterfinalist is jinxed in the competition. "We're ranked third in the world and we were ...