Everybody has commended the Japanese on their immaculate staging of the Rugby World Cup and they certainly deserve praise for rallying the population behind the tournament in the last month.
Alan Quinlan believes Ireland must not hit the “panic button” after their seventh quarter-final defeat in nine World Cups.
Keven Mealamu has hailed Steve Hansen for pulling off the “pretty crazy” plan of moving Beauden Barrett to full-back.
Ireland have been knocked out of the World Cup at the quarter-final stage for the seventh time in nine tournaments.
Luke McGrath insists that Ireland’s World Cup quarter-final sticking point will not taint departing head coach Joe Schmidt’s legacy.
Joe Schmidt has backed “big moments player” Peter O’Mahony to deliver again when it matters most in Saturday’s World Cup quarter-final against New Zealand.
Cian Healy believes Greg Feek’s ability to “unite” Ireland’s forwards into loving the scrum has transformed their set-piece threat.
Ireland are flying a specialist lawyer into Japan in a bid to keep Bundee Aki’s World Cup alive.
Joe Schmidt has admitted he would be “pretty disappointed” if Bundee Aki’s red card against Samoa rules him out of the rest of the World Cup.
Stuart Hogg says Scotland must be ready to play their biggest game of their lives as they bid to reach the last eight of the World Cup.
With Super Typhoon Hagibis set to batter Japan with hurricane-force winds, Rugby World Cup organisers have taken the unprecedented step of cancelling two matches.
Joe Schmidt has admitted the uncertainty around Typhoon Hagibis has created a “distraction” for Ireland’s crucial World Cup clash with Samoa.
Gregor Townsend admits he was left “really surprised” by the late scrum penalty handed to Japan against Samoa which means the World Cup hosts could still progress from Pool A even if they lose Sunday’s crucial showdown with Scotland.
Bundee Aki insists he will treat facing his fatherland Samoa exactly the same way he took on New Zealand in November.
Johnny Sexton’s ability to predict what happens next on the pitch has ensured the World Player of the Year is peerless, according to teammate Chris Farrell.
Joe Schmidt has not deserted his taskmaster ways even if he has appeared relaxed at the World Cup, insists Jacob Stockdale.
Ireland will hand Jordi Murphy the “best chance” to shake off his rib injury and stay at the World Cup.
Joe Schmidt has insisted Johnny Sexton will be “fine” to face Samoa despite the fly-half icing his troublesome thigh after being withdrawn in the 35-0 win over Russia.
Ireland play Russia on Thursday desperate to reignite their World Cup campaign.
Joe Schmidt admits selecting Garry Ringrose for his third World Cup match in 11 days represents a calculated risk for Ireland.
CJ Stander has declared himself ready to play his third World Cup match in 11 days when Ireland face Russia in Kobe on Thursday.
Joe Schmidt has challenged Ireland to reassert their class by hitting back immediately after suffering one of the all-time World Cup shock defeats by Japan.
Jamie Joseph revealed Japan spent three years plotting their stunning 19-12 dismantling of Ireland in Shizuoka.
Joe Schmidt has heaped the pressure on referee Angus Gardner ahead of Ireland’s World Cup clash with hosts Japan on Saturday.
Joe Schmidt insists Peter O’Mahony is “mad keen” and fully ready to face Japan just six days after a concussion check.
Andrew Conway has paid tribute to Ireland’s resolve in refusing to panic after their record 57-15 loss to England at Twickenham ahead of the Rugby World Cup.
Joe Schmidt has admitted Ireland’s six-day turnaround to face hosts Japan at the World Cup is a “frustration” that leaves head injury doubts Peter O’Mahony and Bundee Aki struggling to be available for selection.
Joe Schmidt insists Jordan Larmour and Andrew Conway’s “contagious” exuberance can spur Ireland back to their best in the crucial World Cup opener against Scotland.
Ireland are “hugely proud” of the way Bundee Aki embodies the spirit of representing his adopted nation, according to Rhys Ruddock.
Joey Carbery is poised to complete an “incredible” recovery from ankle trouble in time for Ireland’s World Cup opener against Scotland.
Warren Gatland insists Rhys Patchell will be “fine” to travel to the World Cup despite suffering his third concussion in a year in Wales’ 19-10 loss to Ireland in Dublin.
Rhys Patchell’s third concussion in a year handed Wales a big World Cup injury scare as Ireland topped the world rankings for the first time with a 19-10 victory in Dublin.