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Thursday 1 June 2023 Dublin: 15°C

# Rugby World Cup

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# feels of athenry
15 reasons Irish fans were the real winners at the Rugby World Cup
We may be out, but our fans were epic.
# Ref Justice
'If I see referee Craig Joubert again, I am going to tell him how disgusted I am'
The South African referee is in the firing line following his penalty call that went against Scotland.
# Vamos!
Hard to begrudge the brilliant Pumas their World Cup semi-final spot
Argentina swatted Ireland aside to move into the last four.
# down and out
Anguished Ireland players left to wonder why they were unable to walk the walk
All the messages were right before kick-off, but they didn’t translate into a first half performance.
# Skills
Schmidt doesn't see 'a chasm' between Northern and Southern Hemispheres
The Ireland head coach felt that losing the first collision meant his side couldn’t generate linespeed.
# out of 10
How we rated Ireland in that emotional rollercoaster against Argentina
So near and yet so far.
# dominated
Ireland's defence shredded, leaders missed and more talking points from Cardiff
Joe Schmidt’s men crashed out in a bitterly disappointing fashion.
Australia v Scotland, Rugby World Cup quarter-final
Who will claim the last semi-final place?
# Glass Ceiling
More quarter-final heartbreak as Ireland fail to recover from an early Puma mauling
Joe Schmidt’s best-laid plans were torn asunder in 10 crazy opening minutes.
# banger
Spotted in Cardiff: This brilliant 'Do it for Paulie' paint job
I think this Mitsubishi speaks for all of us.
# Cardiff
Panic over train delays for thousands of rugby fans travelling to Cardiff
Overrunning engineering works and a broken down freight train are causing a bit of a nightmare for fans this morning.
# ThanksPaulie
Ireland fans are planning a fifth-minute ovation for Paul O'Connell today
What do you think of the idea? We may have helped it along.
# tough assignment
String-pulling quartet will be sorely missed, but Ireland can declaw Pumas
Today’s the day when all the ‘homework’ assigned by Joe Schmidt will be handed in.
# Level Heads
'All we've done is earn the right to go to training on Monday' - McCaw
The All Blacks will not be getting carried away with their nine-try victory.
# breaking ground
Bowe looks to help Schmidt's side to 'where no Irish team has ever been'
The experienced wing recognises the need for Ireland to seize their opportunity.
# Au Revoir
Saint-André admits to shame as his tenure ends in All Blacks hammering
The former Toulon boss will be replaced by Guy Noves.
# Breakdown
Analysis: Ireland's rucking a cause for optimism against Pumas
Joe Schmidt’s men were ferocious at the ruck last weekend against the French.
New Zealand v France, Rugby World Cup quarter-final
We were live from the Millennium Stadium to go minute-by-minute while the All Blacks aimed to exorcise a few of their own 2007 demons.
# Wow
Ridiculous behind-the-back offload gives Springboks win over Wales
What a way to settle a bruising quarter-final!
# belief
Madigan has the confidence and quality to deliver for Ireland tomorrow
The 26-year-old will feel this moment has always been coming.
# king poc
O'Connell and O'Mahony 'gatecrashing for the weekend' as Ireland keep injured leaders close by
Ireland will be without some key men on the pitch, but they can still influence matters off it.
# fashionably late
Heaslip confident Madigan can make Ireland's late 10 switch seamless
Sexton was a late drop-out from Ireland’s team to face Argentina in tomorrow’s quarter-final.
# huge blow
Johnny Sexton has been ruled out of Ireland's World Cup quarter-final
The Leinster out-half’s adductor injury flared up after training yesterday.
# the joke
That Irish rugby joke doing the rounds was too much for one English player
Everyone’s a comedian.
# GAA roots
The All Black out-half who honed his skills on the GAA fields of Co Meath
You may not know that Beauden Barrett played U10 football in Ballinacree, but he did.
If France won’t bring the old school flair, Nehe Milner-Skudder will
“It’s been a pretty hectic year for the fella.”
# out in the open
'It's sad when you sit alone for years in a bedroom, being yourself to nobody but the wall'
Former Wales and Lions captain Gareth Thomas on opening up, feeling secure and helping others.
# Knock-out
Letter from Cardiff: Argentinian storm approaches after Ireland's calm week
The World Cup party returns to Cardiff for one final weekend.
# the fear
'I have a love/hate relationship with my job' - Schmidt feels the pressure
The Ireland head coach says the fear of failure drives him on at this World Cup.
# expert view
Peter Stringer: Johnny's kicking will be crucial in punishing indiscipline from Argentina
Our World Cup columnist previews the World Cup quarter-final.
# best foot forward
'When you get out on that pitch on Sunday, there'll be no one to hold your hand'
Paul O’Connell can’t help Ireland on the field, but Rory Best is confident there’ll be no shortage of heirs to the throne.
# Non-runner
'I certainly am not going after Lancaster's job': Schmidt brushes off England link
No point in taking a demotion anyway.
# johnny on the spot
'We believe he's ready to go': Schmidt confident another day will see Sexton right
The Kiwi also explains why he didn’t want to put the “incredibly strong” Iain Henderson at blindside.
# big issues
Murphy gets nod at 6, Healy retained and more Ireland XV talking points
Jamie Heaslip and the other leaders must stand up, while Johnny Sexton and Keith Earls are fit.
# starting XV
Argentina make 10 changes as frontliners return for Ireland clash
Daniel Hourcade had named a powerful, pace XV for Sunday’s World Cup quarter-final.
# Green Light
Jonathan Sexton fit enough for inclusion in Ireland's starting XV to face Argentina
Keith Earls will also strap up an injury and head into battle at the Millennium Stadium this Sunday.
# Mutual respect
Aaron Smith snapping at the chance to 'mark himself' against France's Parra
The All Black scrum-half has taken time to enjoy the view on his way to the top.
# starter for 10
Tentative steps for Sexton on Captain's Run with a difference for Ireland
The out-half looks like a man ready to start on Sunday, but is minding his adductor.
# Under Pressure
'Failing to convert gilt-edged opportunities is like allowing your opponents to score'
Eoghan Hickey takes a closer look at the pressures players will face in the RWC quarter-finals.
# wing play
Dave Kearney waiting patiently for Ireland chances out wide
The Ireland wing talks hitting rucks, holding width, decoys and Joe Schmidt’s ongoing demands.