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Wednesday 1 February 2023 Dublin: 6°C

# Pool A

Last year
2022
# In form
Ulster survive nervy climax to beat Clermont and make it 4 from 4
Five tries at Kingspan Stadium and a thoroughly dominant display for 70 minutes proved enough for the Irish side.
# J10
'Age is definitely just a number' - Rejuvenated Sexton picks up where he left off
The 36-year-old Leinster captain looked sharp as his side battered Bath.
# Hammering
Leinster take Bath to the cleaners as they march into European knock-outs
Jimmy O’Brien scored four tries as Leo Cullen’s side enjoyed a dominant victory.
All time
# Standings
Munster already chasing as Leinster take control of European pool
Three of the Irish provinces are already playing catch up in the new Champions Cup format.
# Joy to Watch
Brave Blossoms' attacking style thrills the World Cup on home soil
Jamie Joseph’s men have been the story of this tournament and delivered on a special night in Yokohama.
# RWC2019
Brilliant Blossoms scorch into RWC clash with South Africa
The host nation secured a bonus point early in the second half and withstood a Scottish comeback effort.
# Dominant
Aki red the only blot as Ireland secure World Cup quarter-final with big win over Samoa
Joe Schmidt’s men were back somewhere close to their best in a seven-try victory in Fukuoka.
# Preview
Ireland out to clinch World Cup quarter-final with bonus-point win over Samoans
Joe Schmidt’s side can save themselves a nervous Sunday by winning with four tries in Fukuoka today.
# statement
World Rugby hits back at 'disappointing' comments from Scottish Rugby Union
Sunday’s game between the Scots and Japan will either go ahead as scheduled or be cancelled.
# In Doubt
'I hope everyone involved in the tournament wants the game to be played'
Scotland boss Gregor Townsend suggested his side’s clash with Japan could go ahead behind closed doors.
# Not happy
Scotland set to fight possibility of cancelled Pool A game against Japan
Gregor Townsend’s side could be knocked out of the World Cup without even getting to play the hosts.
# Team news
Larmour and Beirne start as Henshaw makes injury comeback in Ireland XV
Joe Schmidt has made 12 personnel changes for his side’s Pool A clash with Samoa on Saturday.
# pumped up
'We've got nothing to lose' - Samoa promise expansive approach against Ireland
Key man Tim Nanai Williams has been passed fit to start as the Samoans make two changes.
# Pool A
Scotland's big win underlines importance of bonus-point victory for Ireland
Joe Schmidt’s side still have it in their control to secure a quarter-final.
# Pool A
Scotland storm to 9-try win over Russia to set up showdown with Japan
Scrum-half George Horne scored a hat-trick as Russia completed their run in Pool A with another scoreless return.
AS IT HAPPENED
Scotland v Russia, Rugby World Cup
Gregor Townsend’s men are still in with a real shout of making the knockout stages and we went minute-by-minute.
# Pride
Samoa hope to get in Aki's face as they go 'all guns blazing' against Ireland
The Samoans are keen to follow in Japan’s footsteps with a shock win.
# Typhoon
Ireland to go 'fully in' with XV selection as Samoa clash sure to go ahead
World Rugby is intent on the fixture taking place this weekend.
# Pool A
Brilliant Japan take big step towards quarters with bonus-point win over Samoa
Kotaro Matsushima’s last-gasp try secured the bonus point and sent the City of Toyota Stadium wild.
# Pool A
Schmidt upbeat on Ireland's performance, downbeat on Carbery
The Ireland camp are pushing the positives of the win over 20th-ranked Russia.
# Preview
'It doesn't matter if it's Russia or New Zealand - it's about getting back on the horse'
Ireland must bounce back from their shock defeat to Japan against Russia in Kobe today.
# Job Done
Scotland keep pressure on Ireland with bonus-point win over Samoa
Gregor Townsend’s men were made to sweat but eventually secured their crucial fourth try.
AS IT HAPPENED
Scotland v Samoa, Rugby World Cup
Gregor Townsend’s side picked up a vital bonus-point win in Misaki Stadium.
# brave blossoms
'We had been preparing for this game for a hell of a lot longer than the Irish had'
Japan lit up the World Cup with sensational display in Shizuoka.
# Bouncing Back
'It's all about reaction now,' says James Ryan as Ireland pick up the pieces
The Leinster lock was understandably downcast after Ireland were shocked by the hosts.
# picked apart
'We got a 12-3 lead and we stopped playing to a degree': Schmidt laments penalty calls after shock in Shizuoka
Ireland conceded nine penalties, and Schmidt complained about four ‘tough’ offside calls.
# belief
'We're confident we can beat them' - Japan have a plan for Ireland
The Japanese squad have done their homework on Joe Schmidt’s squad.
# Injury Update
Sexton took 'bang on his thigh' but Ireland say replacement was tactical
Peter O’Mahony and Bundee Aki have passed HIA2 and could be available against Japan.
# Pool A
Hosts and Scots bring the chaos to try and disrupt Ireland's progress
The first in our pool-by-pool previews is full of familiar faces.
# Leadership
Confidence, cool heads and delegation key as Best leads Ireland in Japan
The Ireland skipper will be sure to rely on his vice-captains to push the team to their limit.
# Pool A
Taylor back in the centre as Scotland begin World Cup prep with France clash
Gregor Townsend has unleashed an exciting back-line to face Les Bleus.
# club or country
Samoa's Joe Tekori in shock retirement just months before World Cup
The Toulouse lock won’t be involved in the Pool A clash against Ireland.
# official business
Wayne Barnes installed as referee for Ireland's pivotal RWC clash with Scotland
The veteran English official hasn’t always been a good omen for Ireland.
# Pool A
Japan captain Leitch 'quietly confident' as he faces World Cup pool with Ireland
‘Once we get out of (the pool) we’ve either got New Zealand or South Africa, and we’re not going to lay down for them either.’
# JAPAN 2019
Rugby Europe row rankles with Samoa as they face wait for World Cup qualifier
The Pacific nation is likely to join Ireland in RWC Pool A, but delaying their play-off with a European team could complicate matters for their best players.
# Explainer
Wait, what if...? How Ireland's and other World Cup pools will be decided
A win over France would make this a whole lot less complicated.
AS IT HAPPENED
England v Australia, Rugby World Cup
It was do or die for England in the pool of death, and one of their greatest rivals were in town to stick the knife in.
# midlands mismatch
The Wallabies made light work of Uruguay and move top of the Pool of Death
Michael Cheika’s men turned on the style and scored 11 tries against the South Americans.
AS IT HAPPENED
England v Wales, Rugby World Cup
We went minute-by-minute for the biggest game of the Rugby World Cup so far… and it didn’t disappoint.
# Groundhog Day
Gatland unleashes twin threat of Warburton and Tipuric on Uruguay
Liam Williams and Samson Lee have made a timely return from injury.