Monday 14 October 2019

And they're off...Ireland's Rugby World Cup squad depart for Japan

Ireland players (from left) Keith Earls, Rory Best and Cian Healy and head coach Joe Schmidt pose for a photo prior to the team's departure from Dublin Airport
Ireland players (from left) Keith Earls, Rory Best and Cian Healy and head coach Joe Schmidt pose for a photo prior to the team's departure from Dublin Airport

Next stop, Japan.

Joe Schmidt and Ireland's World Cup hopefuls have departed for the Rugby World Cup in Japan.

The squad gathered today for their scheduled flight despite widespread carnage as a deadly typhoon continues to wreak havoc in the World Cup host nation.

Three people lost their lives as the devastating Typhoon Faxai struck landfall in the Chiba district, which will host the Irish for their opening week of acclimatisation.

An 87-year-old man died in the town of Otaki in Chiba Prefecture after being struck by a tree that fell as he tried to clear storm debris nearby.

England flew into the eye of the storm yesterday and their journey from a chaotic Tokyo airport to their nearby hotel took almost as long as the 11-hour flight from Heathrow.

Australia have decided to delay their arrival but the IRFU set off as planned this afternoon.

Irelands, John Ryan pictured with Bundee Aki,Joey Carbery and Robbie Henshaw pictured at Dublin Airport, before the Ireland Rugby squad departed for the Rugby World Cup in Japan.Picture Credit:Frank McGrath
11/9/19
Irelands, John Ryan pictured with Bundee Aki,Joey Carbery and Robbie Henshaw pictured at Dublin Airport, before the Ireland Rugby squad departed for the Rugby World Cup in Japan.Picture Credit:Frank McGrath 11/9/19
Aer Lingus Lianne Stapleton,takea a selfie with some of her cabin crew colleagues before the Ireland Rugby World Cup squad departed from Dublin for the Rugby World Cup in Japan.Picture Credit:Frank McGrath 11/9/19
Irelands Rugby players Johnny Sexton, Rob Kearney, Robbie Henshaw and Conor Murray pictured with Aer Lingus Cabin crew,Nicole Leonard, Lianne Stapleton, Shannen McDonnell and Sophie Warren before the Ireland World Cup squad departed from Dublin for the Rugby World Cup in Japan.Picture Credit:Frank McGrath 11/9/19
Irelands Garry Ringrose and Conor Murray pictured with the Ireland World Cup squad at Dublin Airport, before they departed for the Rugby World Cup in Japan.Picture Credit:Frank McGrath 11/9/19
Irelands Johnny Sexton and Luke McGrath and Dave Kilcoyne pictured with the Ireland World Cup squad at Dublin Airport, before they departed for the Rugby World Cup in Japan.Picture Credit:Frank McGrath 11/9/19
Irelands JohnnySexton and Luke McGrath pictured with the Ireland World Cup squad at Dublin Airport, before they departed for the Rugby World Cup in Japan.Picture Credit:Frank McGrath 11/9/19
11 September 2019; Ireland players, from left, Keith Earls, Rory Best and Cian Healy and head coach Joe Schmidt pose for a photo prior to the team's departure from Dublin Airport in advance of the Rugby World Cup in Japan. Photo by David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile
11 September 2019; Ireland players prepare for a team photo prior to the team's departure from Dublin Airport in advance of the Rugby World Cup in Japan. Photo by David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile
11 September 2019; Ireland players prepare for a team photo prior to the team's departure from Dublin Airport in advance of the Rugby World Cup in Japan. Photo by David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile
11 September 2019; Ireland players prepare for a team photo prior to the team's departure from Dublin Airport in advance of the Rugby World Cup in Japan. Photo by David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile
11 September 2019; Ireland players and head coach Joe Schmidt pose for a photo prior to the team's departure from Dublin Airport in advance of the Rugby World Cup in Japan. Photo by David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile
11 September 2019; Ireland players prepare for a team photo prior to the team's departure from Dublin Airport in advance of the Rugby World Cup in Japan. Photo by David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile
Ireland players Robbie Henshaw, left, and Conor Murray pose for a photo with air hostesses, from left, Liann Stapleton, Shannen McDonnell and Sophie Warren prior to the team's departure from Dublin Airport in advance of the Rugby World Cup in Japan Photo by David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile
11 September 2019; Ireland players and head coach Joe Schmidt pose for a photo prior to the team's departure from Dublin Airport in advance of the Rugby World Cup in Japan. Photo by David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile
11 September 2019; Ireland players Jack Carty, left, and Peter O'Mahony arrive to the departure gate prior to the team's departure from Dublin Airport in advance of the Rugby World Cup in Japan. Photo by David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile
11 September 2019; Ireland players prepare for a team photo prior to the team's departure from Dublin Airport in advance of the Rugby World Cup in Japan. Photo by David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile
11 September 2019; Ireland players, Andrew Conway, left, and Jean Kleyn make their way out to the plane prior to the team's departure from Dublin Airport in advance of the Rugby World Cup in Japan. Photo by David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile
11 September 2019; Ireland players, from right, Bundee Aki, Joey Carbery and Robbie Henshaw make their way out to the plane prior to the team's departure from Dublin Airport in advance of the Rugby World Cup in Japan. Photo by David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile
11 September 2019; Ireland players, Andrew Conway, left, and Jean Kleyn make their way out to the plane prior to the team's departure from Dublin Airport in advance of the Rugby World Cup in Japan. Photo by David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile
11 September 2019; Ireland players Bundee Aki, right, and Joey Carbery make their way out to the plane prior to the team's departure from Dublin Airport in advance of the Rugby World Cup in Japan. Photo by David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile

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