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#Rugby World Cup

# rugby-world-cup - All time

'The minute I played with him for the first time I realised there was something different about this guy'
# Presence
From The42
# Presence

'The minute I played with him for the first time I realised there was something different about this guy'

Oct 15th 2015, 12:05 AM 10,891 Views 1 Comment

A former Ireland team-mate pays tribute to Paul O’Connell.

'I could see tears in the doc’s eyes and understood how hard it was for her'
# Column
From The42
# Column

'I could see tears in the doc’s eyes and understood how hard it was for her'

Oct 14th 2015, 8:30 PM 60,306 Views 9 Comments

Our World Cup columnist Lynne Cantwell recalls the cruel end to her international career.

Old habits killed off in 'do or die' week for Ireland
# Gamechanger
From The42
# Gamechanger

Old habits killed off in 'do or die' week for Ireland

Oct 14th 2015, 7:58 PM 9,127 Views 4 Comments

Here’s hoping Ireland can break their worst World Cup habit.

Paul O'Connell 'in incredible nick, he could go for another 5 years!'
# Life In The Old Dog Yet
From The42
# Life In The Old Dog Yet

Paul O'Connell 'in incredible nick, he could go for another 5 years!'

Oct 14th 2015, 5:03 PM 16,701 Views 19 Comments

Donnacha Ryan knows the skipper better than most, and he’d be happy to have him still knocking around the team hotel.

Ireland 'quietly confident' as Sexton gets up and running
# Jogging Johnny
From The42
# Jogging Johnny

Ireland 'quietly confident' as Sexton gets up and running

Oct 14th 2015, 3:15 PM 27,930 Views 38 Comments

However, Keith Earls sat out today’s session and will have to prove his fitness on Friday.

Analysis: Robbie Henshaw dominates midfield to lead for Ireland
# Complete
From The42
# Complete

Analysis: Robbie Henshaw dominates midfield to lead for Ireland

Oct 14th 2015, 12:17 PM 29,933 Views 15 Comments

The 22-year-old’s exceptional performance last weekend bodes well before the Argentina clash.

5 times Ireland v Argentina was too much to handle
# Cats And Dogs
From The42
# Cats And Dogs

5 times Ireland v Argentina was too much to handle

Oct 14th 2015, 11:20 AM 12,485 Views 4 Comments

Keep your fingernails long for Sunday, you’ll probably need to chew on them.

This beefy South Africa XV is the next challenge for battered and bruised Wales
# Team-sheets
From The42
# Team-sheets

This beefy South Africa XV is the next challenge for battered and bruised Wales

Oct 14th 2015, 10:42 AM 6,458 Views 16 Comments

JP Pietersen returns to the starting line-up as the ‘Boks continue their 10-day turnaround before the quarter-final.

'The biggest game of my life’: Henry ready to hunt down Pumas
# 7 Up
From The42
# 7 Up

'The biggest game of my life’: Henry ready to hunt down Pumas

Oct 14th 2015, 10:02 AM 9,046 Views 18 Comments

The Ulster openside wants to see if the Pumas can run the ball from deep in the knockout stage.

'We're Latin, we like to be happy all the time. You are very cold, Irish people!'
# Puma Passion
From The42
# Puma Passion

'We're Latin, we like to be happy all the time. You are very cold, Irish people!'

Oct 14th 2015, 8:00 AM 29,498 Views 42 Comments

We sat down with Argentina scrum-half Martín Landajo ahead of the World Cup quarter-final.

Contepomi feels Madigan is in 'early stages of becoming a Johnny Sexton'
# Dr Phil
From The42
# Dr Phil

Contepomi feels Madigan is in 'early stages of becoming a Johnny Sexton'

Oct 14th 2015, 6:45 AM 13,938 Views 9 Comments

The former Leinster and Argentina out-half is in town for Sunday’s World Cup quarter-final.

Ireland's decision on Sexton 'may come down to the last minute'
# Hopeful
From The42
# Hopeful

Ireland's decision on Sexton 'may come down to the last minute'

Oct 14th 2015, 6:00 AM 9,388 Views 13 Comments

The out-half sustained an adductor strain last weekend against France.

'He sees the blueprint for rugby success the same way the rest of us read a menu'
# Rwc 15
From The42
# Rwc 15

'He sees the blueprint for rugby success the same way the rest of us read a menu'

Oct 13th 2015, 9:50 PM 12,701 Views 8 Comments

Simon Hick unravels the genius of Ireland head coach, Joe Schmidt.

A World Cup-winning coach had a huge influence on Argentina's style
# Dangerous
From The42
# Dangerous

A World Cup-winning coach had a huge influence on Argentina's style

Oct 13th 2015, 8:17 PM 8,730 Views 13 Comments

New Zealander Graham Henry is the man who sparked a new way of thinking for the Pumas.

Garcès to take charge of Ireland's Rugby World Cup quarter-final against Argentina
# On The Whistle
From The42
# On The Whistle

Garcès to take charge of Ireland's Rugby World Cup quarter-final against Argentina

Oct 13th 2015, 5:58 PM 12,817 Views 26 Comments

Three Irishmen have been appointed as touch judges for the weekend.

Ruddock fresh and ready to fire after words of encouragement from Peter O'Mahony
# PASSING THE BATON
From The42
# PASSING THE BATON

Ruddock fresh and ready to fire after words of encouragement from Peter O'Mahony

Oct 13th 2015, 5:27 PM 14,855 Views 16 Comments

The Leinster flanker was on his way to bed Sunday night when Ireland’s call told him to pack his bags.

Henry: It was a privilege to be in the huddle with Paulie, the team-talk writes itself this week
# Inspired
From The42
# Inspired

Henry: It was a privilege to be in the huddle with Paulie, the team-talk writes itself this week

Oct 13th 2015, 2:53 PM 11,078 Views 10 Comments

The Ulster flanker will be one of the experienced members of the pack who must attempt to fill the leadership void left by O’Connell.

Here's how South Africa received a bonus from England's World Cup exit
# Squatters
From The42
# Squatters

Here's how South Africa received a bonus from England's World Cup exit

Oct 13th 2015, 2:45 PM 12,346 Views 2 Comments

England’s loss is the Springboks’ gain.

Ireland look for Toner and Henderson to thrive after losing legend O'Connell
# Do It For Paulie
From The42
# Do It For Paulie

Ireland look for Toner and Henderson to thrive after losing legend O'Connell

Oct 13th 2015, 11:59 AM 11,133 Views 19 Comments

There is no doubt Ireland are now a weaker team, but they have strong options in the second row.

24 of the best pictures from Paul O'Connell's glittering Ireland career
# Legend
From The42
# Legend

24 of the best pictures from Paul O'Connell's glittering Ireland career

Oct 13th 2015, 11:48 AM 19,294 Views 23 Comments

The news today is that one of the country’s greatest ever rugby players has been forced to retire from the international game.

Farewell to Paul O'Connell, the greatest leader Ireland ever had
# Thanks Paulie
From The42
# Thanks Paulie

Farewell to Paul O'Connell, the greatest leader Ireland ever had

Oct 13th 2015, 10:30 AM 58,248 Views 75 Comments

The Fear of God just about does him justice.

Tommy Bowe: 'I was as close to crying as I think any of us have ever been'
# Emotional
From The42
# Emotional

Tommy Bowe: 'I was as close to crying as I think any of us have ever been'

Oct 13th 2015, 7:00 AM 28,156 Views 31 Comments

The Irish wing reflects on Sunday’s emotional win in Cardiff.

McCarthy set to join Ireland squad after scans confirm O'Connell injury
# Lock Change
From The42
# Lock Change

McCarthy set to join Ireland squad after scans confirm O'Connell injury

Oct 12th 2015, 10:16 PM 35,572 Views 55 Comments

The Ireland captain will need surgery on the hamstring injury he sustained against France.

'France only part of the job. Now we must do what we haven't done before, reach a semi-final'
# Glass Ceiling
From The42
# Glass Ceiling

'France only part of the job. Now we must do what we haven't done before, reach a semi-final'

Oct 12th 2015, 7:07 PM 15,017 Views 14 Comments

Two of Ireland stalwarts promise that this time will be different.

Sean O'Brien has been cited for striking Pascal Papé yesterday
# Discipline
From The42
# Discipline

Sean O'Brien has been cited for striking Pascal Papé yesterday

Oct 12th 2015, 6:28 PM 35,879 Views 61 Comments

The Tullow Tank faces a disciplinary hearing tomorrow in London.

Analysis: Peter O'Mahony's World Cup ends with the game of his life
# Out On A High
From The42
# Out On A High

Analysis: Peter O'Mahony's World Cup ends with the game of his life

Oct 12th 2015, 5:19 PM 20,523 Views 11 Comments

The Munster captain was superb for Ireland before a cruel injury.

Peter Stringer: Ireland will want to win this World Cup for Paulie
# Galvanise
From The42
# Galvanise

Peter Stringer: Ireland will want to win this World Cup for Paulie

Oct 12th 2015, 5:00 PM 35,139 Views 22 Comments

Our World Cup columnist looks back on one of Ireland’s greatest World Cup performances ever.

Ireland call Rhys Ruddock into World Cup squad in place of injured POM
# Drafted In
From The42
# Drafted In

Ireland call Rhys Ruddock into World Cup squad in place of injured POM

Oct 12th 2015, 2:19 PM 16,486 Views 32 Comments

The 24-year-old back row brings some power into Joe Schmidt’s squad.

Here's The42's Team of the Rugby World Cup pool stage
# Dream Xv
From The42
# Dream Xv

Here's The42's Team of the Rugby World Cup pool stage

Oct 12th 2015, 1:47 PM 16,819 Views 16 Comments

We had to make some very hard calls.

'The boys are calling Madigan 'Gazza'': Ireland players stepping off emotional rollercoaster
# The Morning After
From The42
# The Morning After

'The boys are calling Madigan 'Gazza'': Ireland players stepping off emotional rollercoaster

Oct 12th 2015, 11:49 AM 18,699 Views 12 Comments

Rob Kearney tells us about the slagging Ian Madigan took and the beaming smile of Paul O’Connell when they returned to the dressing room.

Letter from Cardiff: Joe Schmidt's Ireland provide a day for the ages
# Magic
From The42
# Magic

Letter from Cardiff: Joe Schmidt's Ireland provide a day for the ages

Oct 12th 2015, 9:15 AM 12,691 Views 7 Comments

Ireland were backed by an incredible support in Cardiff yesterday.

Schmidt looks towards World Cup quarter against 'incredibly good' Pumas
# Next Challenge
From The42
# Next Challenge

Schmidt looks towards World Cup quarter against 'incredibly good' Pumas

Oct 12th 2015, 8:47 AM 11,603 Views 16 Comments

The Ireland head coach has been impressed by Argentina’s exciting backs.

'To fill Paul O'Connell's boots would be impossible': Henderson a unique talent ready to step up
# Next Gen
From The42
# Next Gen

'To fill Paul O'Connell's boots would be impossible': Henderson a unique talent ready to step up

Oct 12th 2015, 1:32 AM 13,903 Views 11 Comments

Ireland will proceed in the World Cup without the captain, but with the excellent partnership of Henderson and Toner.

'Paulie's speech had everyone in tears before the game'
# Digging Deep
From The42
# Digging Deep

'Paulie's speech had everyone in tears before the game'

Oct 11th 2015, 11:34 PM 25,492 Views 37 Comments

‘We knew we’d be going somewhere deeper,’ explains Chris Henry.

France captain Dusautoir salutes 'warrior' O'Connell after serious injury
# Respect
From The42
# Respect

France captain Dusautoir salutes 'warrior' O'Connell after serious injury

Oct 11th 2015, 9:19 PM 24,585 Views 16 Comments

The Ireland skipper suffered an horrific hamstring injury against the French.

'It's not a closed fist' - Schmidt hopeful SOB will avoid World Cup ban
# Video Review
From The42
# Video Review

'It's not a closed fist' - Schmidt hopeful SOB will avoid World Cup ban

Oct 11th 2015, 8:04 PM 25,592 Views 36 Comments

The Ireland openside lashed out at Pascal Papé in the first half at the Millennium Stadium.

Sean O'Brien utterly brilliant to push Schmidt's Ireland to top of Pool D
# Player Cam
From The42
# Player Cam

Sean O'Brien utterly brilliant to push Schmidt's Ireland to top of Pool D

Oct 11th 2015, 7:32 PM 15,837 Views 47 Comments

The Tullow Tank was massively effective for Ireland in the Millennium Stadium.

Ireland's incredible display, costly toll and more talking points from Cardiff
# Incroyable
From The42
# Incroyable

Ireland's incredible display, costly toll and more talking points from Cardiff

Oct 11th 2015, 6:50 PM 17,709 Views 42 Comments

Robbie Henshaw was magnificent, but Ireland lost a number of important players.

How we rated Ireland in their ferocious win over France
# Marks Out Of 10
From The42
# Marks Out Of 10

How we rated Ireland in their ferocious win over France

Oct 11th 2015, 6:43 PM 22,124 Views 79 Comments

That was tense.