Samoa has begun a two-day shutdown as the government tries to curb a measles epidemic that has killed 62 people.
Samoa’s government said on Monday another five children had died from a measles outbreak, bringing the death toll from the epidemic to more than 50 as authorities race to vaccinate the country’s entire population.
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.
Ireland are through to the World Cup quarter-finals after beating Samoa 47-5 in their Pool A match in Fukuoka.
Johnny Sexton’s two-try turn dragged 14-man Ireland to the World Cup quarter-finals but Bundee Aki’s red card in the 47-5 win over Samoa could end his tournament.
Jack Lam hopes his decision to place national pride ahead of personal gain can spark lasting change for Samoa.
Ireland have expressed concerns with the state of the Hakatanomori Stadium pitch ahead of Saturday’s decisive Pool A World Cup clash with Samoa.
Bundee Aki has been backed to set Ireland’s emotional tempo against Samoa this weekend.
It’s sometimes said you can prove anything with figures, but the Rugby World Cup has served up a string of statistics which demonstrate some alarming trends in the sport.
World Rugby is monitoring a typhoon that could hit Japan on Saturday and stop Ireland’s World Cup campaign in its tracks.
Bundee Aki insists he will treat facing his fatherland Samoa exactly the same way he took on New Zealand in November.
Scottish sporting fans tend to leap from one emotion to another.
Gregor Townsend said the real Scotland finally showed up at the World Cup to reignite their bid for the quarter-finals.
Scotland answered their critics in impressive fashion as Gregor Townsend’s men grabbed a bonus-point win over Samoa to fire themselves back into contention for the World Cup quarter-finals.
Scotland take on Samoa on Monday knowing that only a victory will keep their World Cup hopes alive.
Fiji will aim for their first victory of the tournament when they take on Uruguay on Wednesday.
Day six saw Samoa launch their campaign with a eventful 34-9 victory over Russia in Kumagaya.
It seems a long time ago since the then Western Samoa rugby collective stunned the sport’s established order when they beat Wales 16-13 in Cardiff at the 1991 World Cup.
Samoan rugby players will wear skin suits to cover their traditional tattoos during some training sessions at the World Cup in order not to offend their Japanese hosts.