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# Rugby World Cup

All time
# Player Cam
Sean O'Brien utterly brilliant to push Schmidt's Ireland to top of Pool D
The Tullow Tank was massively effective for Ireland in the Millennium Stadium.
# incroyable
Ireland's incredible display, costly toll and more talking points from Cardiff
Robbie Henshaw was magnificent, but Ireland lost a number of important players.
# marks out of 10
How we rated Ireland in their ferocious win over France
That was tense.
# rwc 15
Ireland imperious and come out on top of brutal clash with France
Job done.
# living the dream
An Old Wesley player scored a try today at the Rugby World Cup
A moment to remember for JC Greyling.
# Interview
Ireland's Murray looking to perfect fine art of the scrum-half at World Cup
We sat down with the Munster man to discuss some of the core skills involved in his position.
# coupe de monde
Letter from Cardiff: Ireland in positive place to produce against France
After a tense start to the week, Joe Schmidt’s men looked to lift the mood before facing France.
# column
Peter Stringer: Henderson's benching a shock but hard to argue with Schmidt
Our World Cup columnist looks at the return to form of France’s Frédéric Michalak.
# clear and present danger
'Nothing up Ireland's sleeve', but they have the tools to take France down
The Pool D decider is the biggest game of the World Cup weekend.
# you shall not pass
Here are the best bits from a memorable game between Australia and Wales
Unmissable stuff from Twickenham.
# Table Toppers
Australia produce a heroic performance to beat Wales in an epic encounter
It was enthralling stuff today at Twickenham.
# dusautoir's company...
'Sexton? Leave him to Thierry': France determined not to look backwards before Pool D decider
The form of the last four years is no concern for captain Thierry Dusautoir.
# aerial battle
'My dad used to give me a bit of cash every month just to get me through'
Les Bleus fullback Scott Spedding has developed a true passion for his adopted nation.
Australia v Wales, Rugby World Cup
Who will claim top spot in Pool A?
# payne game
'Tough to lose one of the family': Ireland squad feel for Payne but must move on instantly
Injury to the Ulster man made for a funereal atmosphere immediately after today’s Captain’s Run in Cardiff.
# Candidates
Who might Ireland call up to replace Jared Payne in their World Cup squad?
Andrew Trimble looks like the early favourite.
# Injury Strikes
Jared Payne has been ruled out of Ireland's World Cup campaign
The Ulster centre is heading home, but Ireland haven’t announced a replacement.
# operation beat france
Don’t let the big game pass you by: 2011 still hurts Stephen Ferris
The retired blindside could be among the Ireland ranks under different circumstances this weekend, and he knows the hurt they carry into this World Cup.
# Target
'Well, he is narky': Ireland or Sexton won't be fazed by pre-match parlé
The out-half is used to being targeted by big carriers and even more accustomed to criticism about his on-filed mood.
# pepperoh-no
People think this rugby-themed pizza looks like a giant vagina
Literal food porn.
# 13 Call
Schmidt: Payne's foot injury was a risk and Earls brings form to 13 shirt
The Ireland head coach says they felt it wasn’t prudent to risk Payne against the French.
# Opinion
5 talking points on Ireland's team for the massive RWC clash with France
Keith Earls has a man mountain of a task ahead of him.
# Team news
Earls a surprise pick at 13 for Ireland as Payne misses out on France clash
Here’s the Ireland side to face the French.
# Mind Games
Saint-André: 'Ireland are favourites, the pressure is all on their shoulders'
The France head coach is expecting Joe Schmidt to unleash the moves he has been holding back.
# Les Bleus
Saint-André makes two changes for crunch World Cup clash with Ireland on Sunday
Louis Picamoles and Noa Nakaitaci both return for the French.
# belief
Letter from France camp: Les Blues incredibly confident for Ireland clash
Philippe Saint-André’s men are utterly firm in their belief they will beat Ireland on Sunday.
# slagging
'They posted a pic of someone running over ROG in our WhatsApp group'
France flanker Bernard le Roux says the Irishman has had a big influence on the Top 14 club.
# big calls
Schmidt set to start Toner and Healy as Earls misses out for France clash
The Ireland head coach looks likely to back Dave Kearney and Tommy Bowe as his wings.
# intensity
Letter from Cardiff: The pressure rises in Ireland's World Cup campaign
The French camp appears to be utterly relaxed in contrast to a more uptight vibe at Ireland’s.
# sipi tau
'Haka' fans, there's a special treat in store for you tomorrow
What’s better than a cultural challenge? TWO cultural challenges!
# cheik' it up
'You can't just settle for being good, you have to be great': Cheika demands top spot from Wallabies
Second place won’t be good enough, even in pool A, for the Wallaby coach.
# rwc 15
The Irish rugby squad had some serious dinner guests at their hotel last night
Put your medals on the table.
# gentle giant
'For Jared Payne, it was 10 times harder than for me' - France's gigantic Atonio
The New Zealand-born prop is an affable and laidback character.
# column
'Joe Schmidt's Ireland will have analysed France to the smallest detail'
Lynne Cantwell explains what is actually involved in opposition analysis in rugby.
# Allez Les Gars
Ireland's fully-fit squad means difficult selection meetings for France clash
Assistant coach Simon Easterby said Jared Payne trained fully this morning.
'It was on the verge of insult. At times, Jonathan was really uncontrollable'
Sexton’s former Racing coach Laurent Labit didn’t appreciate the out-half’s crankier habits.
# catt fight
Coach warned Danny Cipriani: 'I will end your England career' in pre-RWC training ground row
All is not rosy in the garden.
# 19 and counting
Hip knock means McCaw can only pull level in RWC record appearance chase
Jason Leonard’s haul of 22 Rugby World Cup appearances won’t be overtaken this year.
# tullow tank
'We got a rude awakening on the physicality side of things' - Sean O'Brien
The Ireland flanker is ready for Sunday’s clash with France — “a far more dangerous side”.
# clearouts
Analysis: SOB's lack of reward and the rest of Ireland's rucks against Italy
We’ve taken a look at every single ruck Ireland were involved in against the Italians last weekend.