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#Pool A

# pool-a - Monday 14 December, 2020

Munster already chasing as Leinster take control of European pool
# Standings
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# Standings

Munster already chasing as Leinster take control of European pool

Dec 14th 2020, 6:00 AM 19,781 Views 40 Comments

Three of the Irish provinces are already playing catch up in the new Champions Cup format.

# pool-a - Sunday 13 October, 2019

Brave Blossoms' attacking style thrills the World Cup on home soil
# Joy To Watch
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# Joy To Watch

Brave Blossoms' attacking style thrills the World Cup on home soil

Oct 13th 2019, 3:38 PM 12,977 Views 24 Comments

Jamie Joseph’s men have been the story of this tournament and delivered on a special night in Yokohama.

Brilliant Blossoms scorch into RWC clash with South Africa
# RWC2019
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# RWC2019

Brilliant Blossoms scorch into RWC clash with South Africa

Oct 13th 2019, 2:11 PM 23,187 Views 37 Comments

The host nation secured a bonus point early in the second half and withstood a Scottish comeback effort.

# pool-a - Saturday 12 October, 2019

Aki red the only blot as Ireland secure World Cup quarter-final with big win over Samoa
# Dominant
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# Dominant

Aki red the only blot as Ireland secure World Cup quarter-final with big win over Samoa

Oct 12th 2019, 1:45 PM 46,514 Views 65 Comments

Joe Schmidt’s men were back somewhere close to their best in a seven-try victory in Fukuoka.

Ireland out to clinch World Cup quarter-final with bonus-point win over Samoans
# Preview
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# Preview

Ireland out to clinch World Cup quarter-final with bonus-point win over Samoans

Oct 12th 2019, 7:00 AM 24,324 Views 16 Comments

Joe Schmidt’s side can save themselves a nervous Sunday by winning with four tries in Fukuoka today.

# pool-a - Friday 11 October, 2019

World Rugby hits back at 'disappointing' comments from Scottish Rugby Union
# Statement
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# Statement

World Rugby hits back at 'disappointing' comments from Scottish Rugby Union

Oct 11th 2019, 2:45 PM 68,092 Views 141 Comments

Sunday’s game between the Scots and Japan will either go ahead as scheduled or be cancelled.

# pool-a - Thursday 10 October, 2019

'I hope everyone involved in the tournament wants the game to be played'
# In Doubt
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# In Doubt

'I hope everyone involved in the tournament wants the game to be played'

Oct 10th 2019, 12:19 PM 10,645 Views 25 Comments

Scotland boss Gregor Townsend suggested his side’s clash with Japan could go ahead behind closed doors.

Scotland set to fight possibility of cancelled Pool A game against Japan
# Not Happy
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# Not Happy

Scotland set to fight possibility of cancelled Pool A game against Japan

Oct 10th 2019, 11:00 AM 41,837 Views 71 Comments

Gregor Townsend’s side could be knocked out of the World Cup without even getting to play the hosts.

Larmour and Beirne start as Henshaw makes injury comeback in Ireland XV
# Team News
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# Team News

Larmour and Beirne start as Henshaw makes injury comeback in Ireland XV

Oct 10th 2019, 8:00 AM 42,698 Views 66 Comments

Joe Schmidt has made 12 personnel changes for his side’s Pool A clash with Samoa on Saturday.

'We've got nothing to lose' - Samoa promise expansive approach against Ireland
# Pumped Up
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# Pumped Up

'We've got nothing to lose' - Samoa promise expansive approach against Ireland

Oct 10th 2019, 7:16 AM 6,192 Views 4 Comments

Key man Tim Nanai Williams has been passed fit to start as the Samoans make two changes.

# pool-a - Wednesday 9 October, 2019

Scotland's big win underlines importance of bonus-point victory for Ireland
# Pool A
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# Pool A

Scotland's big win underlines importance of bonus-point victory for Ireland

Oct 9th 2019, 12:19 PM 17,762 Views 49 Comments

Joe Schmidt’s side still have it in their control to secure a quarter-final.

Scotland storm to 9-try win over Russia to set up showdown with Japan
# Pool A
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# Pool A

Scotland storm to 9-try win over Russia to set up showdown with Japan

Oct 9th 2019, 11:13 AM 34,518 Views 41 Comments

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 From The42
Live Oct 9th 2019, 7:15 AM

As it happened: Scotland v Russia, Rugby World Cup

# pool-a - Tuesday 8 October, 2019

Samoa hope to get in Aki's face as they go 'all guns blazing' against Ireland
# Pride
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# Pride

Samoa hope to get in Aki's face as they go 'all guns blazing' against Ireland

Oct 8th 2019, 2:45 AM 13,957 Views 19 Comments

The Samoans are keen to follow in Japan’s footsteps with a shock win.

# pool-a - Monday 7 October, 2019

Ireland to go 'fully in' with XV selection as Samoa clash sure to go ahead
# Typhoon
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# Typhoon

Ireland to go 'fully in' with XV selection as Samoa clash sure to go ahead

Oct 7th 2019, 5:00 PM 56,356 Views 50 Comments

World Rugby is intent on the fixture taking place this weekend.

# pool-a - Saturday 5 October, 2019

Brilliant Japan take big step towards quarters with bonus-point win over Samoa
# Pool A
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# Pool A

Brilliant Japan take big step towards quarters with bonus-point win over Samoa

Oct 5th 2019, 1:34 PM 22,548 Views 54 Comments

Kotaro Matsushima’s last-gasp try secured the bonus point and sent the City of Toyota Stadium wild.

# pool-a - Thursday 3 October, 2019

Schmidt upbeat on Ireland's performance, downbeat on Carbery
# Pool A
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# Pool A

Schmidt upbeat on Ireland's performance, downbeat on Carbery

Oct 3rd 2019, 2:27 PM 16,728 Views 23 Comments

The Ireland camp are pushing the positives of the win over 20th-ranked Russia.

'It doesn't matter if it's Russia or New Zealand - it's about getting back on the horse'
# Preview
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# Preview

'It doesn't matter if it's Russia or New Zealand - it's about getting back on the horse'

Oct 3rd 2019, 3:38 AM 6,255 Views 6 Comments

Ireland must bounce back from their shock defeat to Japan against Russia in Kobe today.

# pool-a - Monday 30 September, 2019

Scotland keep pressure on Ireland with bonus-point win over Samoa
# Job Done
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# Job Done

Scotland keep pressure on Ireland with bonus-point win over Samoa

Sep 30th 2019, 1:25 PM 35,776 Views 31 Comments

Gregor Townsend’s men were made to sweat but eventually secured their crucial fourth try.

As it happened: Scotland v Samoa, Rugby World Cup From The42
Live Sep 30th 2019, 10:17 AM

As it happened: Scotland v Samoa, Rugby World Cup

# pool-a - Saturday 28 September, 2019

'We had been preparing for this game for a hell of a lot longer than the Irish had'
# Brave Blossoms
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# Brave Blossoms

'We had been preparing for this game for a hell of a lot longer than the Irish had'

Sep 28th 2019, 8:00 PM 8,628 Views 6 Comments

Japan lit up the World Cup with sensational display in Shizuoka.

'It's all about reaction now,' says James Ryan as Ireland pick up the pieces
# Bouncing Back
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# Bouncing Back

'It's all about reaction now,' says James Ryan as Ireland pick up the pieces

Sep 28th 2019, 3:25 PM 7,518 Views 19 Comments

The Leinster lock was understandably downcast after Ireland were shocked by the hosts.

'We got a 12-3 lead and we stopped playing to a degree': Schmidt laments penalty calls after shock in Shizuoka
# Picked Apart
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# Picked Apart

'We got a 12-3 lead and we stopped playing to a degree': Schmidt laments penalty calls after shock in Shizuoka

Sep 28th 2019, 11:25 AM 13,881 Views 84 Comments

Ireland conceded nine penalties, and Schmidt complained about four ‘tough’ offside calls.

# pool-a - Tuesday 24 September, 2019

'We're confident we can beat them' - Japan have a plan for Ireland
# Belief
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# Belief

'We're confident we can beat them' - Japan have a plan for Ireland

Sep 24th 2019, 7:43 AM 10,862 Views 16 Comments

The Japanese squad have done their homework on Joe Schmidt’s squad.

# pool-a - Monday 23 September, 2019

Sexton took 'bang on his thigh' but Ireland say replacement was tactical
# Injury Update
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# Injury Update

Sexton took 'bang on his thigh' but Ireland say replacement was tactical

Updated Sep 23rd 2019, 8:23 AM 34,044 Views 48 Comments

Peter O’Mahony and Bundee Aki have passed HIA2 and could be available against Japan.

# pool-a - Saturday 14 September, 2019

Hosts and Scots bring the chaos to try and disrupt Ireland's progress
# Pool A
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# Pool A

Hosts and Scots bring the chaos to try and disrupt Ireland's progress

Sep 14th 2019, 3:00 PM 11,276 Views 1 Comment

The first in our pool-by-pool previews is full of familiar faces.

# pool-a - Thursday 12 September, 2019

Confidence, cool heads and delegation key as Best leads Ireland in Japan
# Leadership
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# Leadership

Confidence, cool heads and delegation key as Best leads Ireland in Japan

Sep 12th 2019, 6:51 AM 9,730 Views 8 Comments

The Ireland skipper will be sure to rely on his vice-captains to push the team to their limit.

# pool-a - Wednesday 14 August, 2019

Taylor back in the centre as Scotland begin World Cup prep with France clash
# Pool A
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# Pool A

Taylor back in the centre as Scotland begin World Cup prep with France clash

Aug 14th 2019, 12:46 PM 5,075 Views 4 Comments

Gregor Townsend has unleashed an exciting back-line to face Les Bleus.

# pool-a - Tuesday 23 July, 2019

Samoa's Joe Tekori in shock retirement just months before World Cup
# Club Or Country
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# Club Or Country

Samoa's Joe Tekori in shock retirement just months before World Cup

Jul 23rd 2019, 4:30 PM 9,683 Views 17 Comments

The Toulouse lock won’t be involved in the Pool A clash against Ireland.

# pool-a - Friday 19 July, 2019

Wayne Barnes installed as referee for Ireland's pivotal RWC clash with Scotland
# Official Business
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# Official Business

Wayne Barnes installed as referee for Ireland's pivotal RWC clash with Scotland

Jul 19th 2019, 3:28 PM 7,394 Views 17 Comments

The veteran English official hasn’t always been a good omen for Ireland.

# pool-a - Wednesday 12 June, 2019

Japan captain Leitch 'quietly confident' as he faces World Cup pool with Ireland
# Pool A
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# Pool A

Japan captain Leitch 'quietly confident' as he faces World Cup pool with Ireland

Jun 12th 2019, 9:05 AM 5,797 Views 8 Comments

‘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.’

# pool-a - Wednesday 2 May, 2018

Rugby Europe row rankles with Samoa as they face wait for World Cup qualifier
# JAPAN 2019
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# JAPAN 2019

Rugby Europe row rankles with Samoa as they face wait for World Cup qualifier

May 2nd 2018, 8:02 PM 12,513 Views 15 Comments

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.

# pool-a - Tuesday 6 October, 2015

Wait, what if...? How Ireland's and other World Cup pools will be decided
# Explainer
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# Explainer

Wait, what if...? How Ireland's and other World Cup pools will be decided

Oct 6th 2015, 5:23 PM 10,623 Views 10 Comments

A win over France would make this a whole lot less complicated.

# pool-a - Saturday 3 October, 2015

As it happened: England v Australia, Rugby World Cup From The42
Live Oct 3rd 2015, 8:02 PM

As it happened: England v Australia, Rugby World Cup

# pool-a - Sunday 27 September, 2015

The Wallabies made light work of Uruguay and move top of the Pool of Death
# Midlands Mismatch
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# Midlands Mismatch

The Wallabies made light work of Uruguay and move top of the Pool of Death

Sep 27th 2015, 1:55 PM 6,779 Views 7 Comments

Michael Cheika’s men turned on the style and scored 11 tries against the South Americans.

# pool-a - Saturday 26 September, 2015

As it happened: England v Wales, Rugby World Cup From The42
Live Sep 26th 2015, 8:08 PM

As it happened: England v Wales, Rugby World Cup

# pool-a - Friday 18 September, 2015

Gatland unleashes twin threat of Warburton and Tipuric on Uruguay
# Groundhog Day
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# Groundhog Day

Gatland unleashes twin threat of Warburton and Tipuric on Uruguay

Sep 18th 2015, 12:34 PM 4,485 Views 8 Comments

Liam Williams and Samson Lee have made a timely return from injury.

# pool-a - Monday 14 September, 2015

Big Sam Burgess gets a big chunk of bench for England's World Cup opener
# Curtain Raiser
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# Curtain Raiser

Big Sam Burgess gets a big chunk of bench for England's World Cup opener

Sep 14th 2015, 5:06 PM 9,240 Views 17 Comments

Brad Barritt will continue as Stuart Lancaster’s inside centre after his recovery from ankle and calf injuries.

England to emerge at peak of Pool A, while Wales may miss out
# Predictions
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# Predictions

England to emerge at peak of Pool A, while Wales may miss out

Sep 14th 2015, 7:30 AM 8,479 Views 25 Comments

We take a look at the ‘pool of death,’ which features four sides inside the top 10 in the world.

# pool-a - Wednesday 9 September, 2015

Wallabies will completely split their squad to prepare for 2 games in 4 days
# Pool Of Death
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# Pool Of Death

Wallabies will completely split their squad to prepare for 2 games in 4 days

Sep 9th 2015, 4:47 PM 7,283 Views 7 Comments

Bernard Foley and Quade Cooper will likely get 80 minutes each before Australia face England.

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