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Friday 31 March 2023 Dublin: 11°C

# Japan

All time
# Analysis
Ireland's offloads, Furlong the playmaker, and 1-3-2-2 attack shape
Andy Farrell’s side scored nine tries as they dismantled Japan in Dublin.
# 100
Paul McGrath, a samurai sword, and standing ovations - Sexton's special day
The 36-year-old Ireland captain enjoyed a perfect day.
# Next Job
Clean bill of health for Ireland as Farrell weighs up All Blacks selection
Ireland will bring some momentum into next weekend’s clash in Dublin.
# Hammering
Ireland obliterate Japan with slick performance as Sexton marks 100th in style
Ireland’s attack was superb as forwards and backs linked for some stunning scores.
# Ball In Hand
Ireland's 'new breed' set for entertaining contest with inventive Japan
Paul O’Connell is excited about the skill levels of Ireland’s players.
# Irish Abroad
'I was certainly quite a rare item in Japan at 6ft 5ins with red hair'
Irishman Mark Egan had great success as a rugby player in Japan and now works for the JRFU.
# production line
Ireland's XV includes 12 players who came through the Leinster academy
The three other starters are natives of New Zealand.
# up front
Dynamic, quick, skillful - Ireland's forward pack looks finely balanced
Andy Farrell is excited about what his ‘brilliant pack’ can do against Japan.
# brave blossoms
Japan learning to live with great expectations and the pressure of being marked men
The Brave Blossoms take on Ireland at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday.
# Dan the Man
Uncapped hooker Sheehan 'hits the ground running' to earn shot against Japan
The Leinster hooker is set for his Ireland debut off the bench on Saturday.
# brave blossoms
Japan recall Kotaro Matsushima for Saturday's Test at the Aviva
Yu Tamura also named in Brave Blossoms side to face Ireland in the first Test of the November series.
# Team news
Conway and Lowe named to start for Ireland, Sheehan to debut off bench
Johnny Sexton captains the team on the occasion of his 100th Ireland cap.
# Analysis
What will Ireland have picked out from Japan's only game since July?
Jamie Joseph and Tony Brown’s side are incisive and intelligent in attack.
# j lowe
Sexton set to start on 100th Ireland cap with Lowe in line for recall
Andy Farrell is set to go with a strong XV for the visit of Japan.
# Selection
Farrell has intriguing options in Ireland's back row and back three
Johnny Sexton could win his 100th Ireland cap this weekend in Dublin.
# IQ
Connacht's Mack Hansen called into Ireland squad ahead of Japan clash
The 23-year-old qualifies to play through his Cork-born mother.
# Japan
Man dressed as Joker injures at least 17 people in knife attack on Tokyo train
Officers said the man stabbed one person and details of how the other 16 were injured are being investigated.
# Tokyo stabbing
Man held after 17 people injured in stabbing spree on Tokyo commuter train
It was reported the suspect told police he used an earlier train stabbing case as an example.
# brave blossoms
James Ryan: 'That game in 2019 is probably one of the toughest I've ever played'
James Ryan is warning Ireland fans not to overlook Japan’s threat next weekend.
# big picture
Sexton still the man as Farrell's Ireland look towards clash with thrilling Japan
The 2023 World Cup is looming into view as Ireland get set for an intriguing autumn series.
# gymnastics
McClenaghan fumes over 'slippery' pommel horse after missing out on world championship final
The 22-year-old had to compete after an unscheduled 90-minute break, during which workers disinfected the apparatus.
# Volcano
Japan's Mount Aso volcano erupts for second time this century
The volcano sits on the so-called Pacific “Ring of Fire” where many of the planet’s eruptions are recorded.
# Yoshihide Suga
Japan's Prime Minister bows out of party leadership race in sign he will step down
The politician’s support ratings have declined to around 26% amid criticism over the Olympics taking place during the pandemic.
# Delta
Japan to expand Covid emergency areas as cases rise
Officials deny any direct link between increased cases and the Tokyo Olympics.
# Japan
First virus case reported in Paralympic Village
The case involves a Games-related member of staff who is not resident in Japan.
# Downpours
Japan braces for more rain after floods and landslides
Two million people were advised to urgently seek shelter as rivers overflowed.
# Paralympics Ireland
President Higgins sends best wishes to Ireland's Paralympics team
The 29 athletes representing Ireland at the Paralympics in Japan will compete in nine sports.
# Japan
Nagasaki marks atomic bomb anniversary with sombre ceremony
The bombing came three days after the United States made the world’s first atomic attack on Hiroshima.
# Japan
Man held after 10 passengers stabbed on Tokyo train
The attack is not believed to be connected to the Olympics.
# Krystsina Tsimanouskaya
Belarus athlete lands in Vienna, as husband offered humanitarian visa by Poland
The IOC has received a report from Belarus’s Olympic committee, which is “being evaluated.”
# State of Emergency
Japan to expand virus emergency one week into Olympics
“We need to send a strong message,” said Japan’s Health Minister Norihisa Tamura.
# Concern
Tropical storm nears Japan, disrupting Tokyo Olympics
Irish 49er sailing duo Robert Dickson and Sean Waddilove are experiencing a delay as a result.
# Olympics
Tokyo will be under state of emergency for Olympics due to rising Covid infection rates
The Summer Olympics, already delayed a year by the pandemic, begin on 23 July and will finish on 8 August.
# Rescue Mission
Rescuers struggle to locate dozens of residents in landslide-hit Japanese town
64 people are missing after a Japanese holiday town was hit by a landslide at the weekend.
# Last Assignment
Ireland set to experiment against US after Farrell's men see off Japan
Gavin Coombes made his debut last weekend and more should follow this Saturday.
# brave blossoms
'It's about belief in our game' - Japan are becoming rugby's great entertainers
Jamie Joseph and Tony Brown back their team to take risks and attack with intent.
# Atami
Two people dead and 20 missing after mudslide rips through Japan town
The deluge crashed down a mountainside into rows of houses following heavy rains that began several days ago.
# Impact
Van der Flier outstanding for Ireland after missing out on Lions call-up
Ireland boss Andy Farrell praised the openside’s contribution against Japan.
# The Boss
'It wasn't a mixed bag for me, I'm delighted with the win' - Farrell
The Ireland head coach was satisfied with his team’s 39-31 victory over Japan.
# Victory
'Shizuoka was a bit of a motivation for us' - Ryan's delight at Ireland win
Josh van der Flier was named man of the match in Dublin.