Pool-by-pool Guide to Japan 2019
"A mixed bag". The last time Joe Schmidt used that phrase in public he was talking about Craig Gilroy's performance after the winger had scored a hat-trick in Rome.
The IRFU are confident that their proposed bid to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup will tick all of the necessary boxes.
A three-week series starting this afternoon against England in Belfield, and then featuring Canada and New Zealand over the next two weekends, is like taking the toughest World Cup pool imaginable and dropping it into November. So Ireland's women will have...
In camp Ireland, you rarely hear anyone allowing their thoughts to stray beyond the next game, so it was unusual yesterday to hear forwards coach Simon Easterby speak frequently about the place of the summer tour of South Africa in the context of the World Cup cycle.
Joe Schmidt has revealed that he will make a decision on his long-term future after the summer tour to South Africa.
It is the fear every rugby player puts to the back of their mind when they cross the white lines and it became very real for Keith Earls last month.
David Nucifora believes Ireland's sixth World Cup quarter-final exit was "disappointing" but stopped short of declaring Joe Schmidt's side a failure for their inability to break the glass ceiling of the last eight.
Former Ireland defence coach Les Kiss insists that there is no need for radical changes in the country following another World Cup quarter-final exit.
Les Kiss may be just three days into his new role as Ulster's director of rugby but the grimace on his face as soon as he is asked about Ireland's World Cup campaign tells you everything you need to know about a coach who prides himself on attention to detail.
Not a single Irish player was deemed worthy of selection in a World XV excluding the All Blacks... and no English player made it either.
It didn't go down to the wire like 1995, 2003 or 2011 but Saturday's World Cup final was still the greatest final of all and the perfect end to the best tournament of the eight that have been played.
There were grown men in tears and it did incalculable damage to our Rugby World Cup hopes... so was Stuart Barnes right to put Paul O'Connell's injury in his top moments of the competition.
At least an Irishman did pick up one gong at last night's World Rugby Awards in London.
Paul O'Connell has admitted that he cannot put a timeframe on his return to action after the hamstring injury that ended his international career in the World Cup.
New Zealand made it back-to-back World Cup titles yesterday and the media response worldwide has been one of praise and respect, nowhere more so than back home.
Iain Henderson has spoken about the "sickening moment" when it dawned on him that Ireland were out of the 2015 rugby World Cup.
A UK-based NFL ambassador has selected three Irish rugby internationals that would not look out of place in American Football.
The Daily Telegraph in England has been exposing myths that were destroyed in the Rugby World Cup... but the one about Joe Schmidt is a little out there.
All four Irish provinces welcomed back the majority of their Irish internationals to training this week but each player will be monitored on an individual basis before returning to action, writes Cian Tracey.
On the face of it, 16 minutes of game-time in Ireland's five games at the World Cup wouldn't appear to amount to very much but Tadhg Furlong's surprise inclusion in the original 31-man squad was always made with a view to what is coming further down the line.
Johnny Sexton has handed Leinster a fitness boost just over two weeks out from the beginning of the Champions Cup but the fallout from the World Cup hasn't been as kind to Ulster.
Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe admits he is "devastated" that Argentina's World Cup dream ended at the penultimate knockout stage.
Ireland Head Coach Joe Schmidt has rebuffed again any suggestion that he may be about to become England's new boss.
Ireland legend Brian O'Driscoll believes the manner of the defeat to Argentina and the prize on offer will mean that Joe Schmidt's side will need time to recover from it.
Former Ireland flyhalf Ronan O'Gara has refused to join the chorus of people claiming that Joe Schmidt's men should adopt a more attacking style following their disappointing Rugby World Cup exit.
A nation mourned as Paul O'Connell's glittering international career came to a premature end and his Ireland team-mates have paid tribute to the sporting icon.
Along with two touch judges, Ruan Pienaar will be the closest thing to an Irish presence on semi-final weekend and even then his chances of featuring against the All Blacks probably depend on the fitness of Springbok captain Fourie du Preez.
Leinster and Ireland legend Brian O'Driscoll took to Instagram to highlight how Ireland's exit from the Rugby World Cup has affected sales of Irish merchandise in our largest airport.
After our World Cup journey was brought to a shuddering halt by the Pumas at the weekend, it's easy to forget that there were some memorable moments to our journey in the competition.
Despite a disappointing World Cup campaign, Irish internationals Seán O’Brien and Luke Fitzgerald lavished praised on the incredible support they received from Ireland supporters.
Sport never sleeps. At 4:15 am on Monday morning my alarm woke me for an early flight to go and cover Chelsea’s Champions League game against Dynamo Kiev for The BBC.
He's the towering giant of Irish rugby. But as he stooped down to pose for endless photographs with his youngest fans, Paul O'Connell seemed a lot less fearsome than he does on the pitch.
While Ireland pore over what went wrong in yesterday's World Cup quarter-final defeat, the media reaction in Argentina has naturally been one of euphoria.
"You've done your country proud @IrishRugby. Just wasn't meant to be ... All credit to Argentina, immense all over the pitch today!" - golfer Rory McIlroy
Like a steam train thundering down the tracks, the crowds who gathered in New Ross rugby club could be heard well before they came into view.
They dreamed, cheered and cried together as Ireland's Rugby World Cup journey came to a bitter end.
Argentina were being wished the "best of Irish luck" last night as fans digested another World Cup disaster.
What can you do after a game like that only walk away and say you were beaten by a far superior team.
In their tens of thousands, the Irish fans came with dreams and songs to sing. No matter what the sport, we always bring the feelgood factor and the party.
While all four World Cup semi-finalists hail from the southern hemisphere, the New Zealand Herald believes the situation is not as extreme as it appears.
The Ireland management players and management have paid tribute to the ‘16th man’, and even an All Blacks superstar has admitted he will miss the Irish fans in the tournament.
Argentina coach Daniel Hourcade spoke of an emotion-filled Pumas dressing room after the South Americans ended Ireland's World Cup dream in Cardiff.
It was a tournament blighted by injuries to many of Ireland's top stars but Dave Kearney was determined that his name would not be added to the long list of absentees.
Ian Madigan admitted that Ireland’s defeat to Argentina in the last-eight of the World Cup is “devastating” and said the team simply wasn’t good enough on the day.
Alas, Ireland were left dwelling on another failed World Cup semi-final bid as their depleted ranks were ruthlessly put to the sword by a scintillating Argentina outfit at the Millennium Stadium.
Joe Schmidt has admitted that his Ireland side, shorn of so many leaders for the World Cup quarter-final defeat to Argentina, at times appeared naïve during the 23-point defeat in Cardiff.
Ireland might be out of the rugby World Cup but Joe Schmidt and his players have been praised to the hilt on social media.
Jamie Heaslip has lamented Ireland’s poor start to their World Cup quarter-final defeat against Argentina in Cardiff.
It was heartache for Joe Schmidt and Ireland as Argentina roared to World Cup quarter-final success in Cardiff today. Here is how the Irish players rated.
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