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#rwc 15

# rwc-15 - Friday 16 October, 2015

'When you get out on that pitch on Sunday, there'll be no one to hold your hand'
# Best Foot Forward
From The42
# Best Foot Forward

'When you get out on that pitch on Sunday, there'll be no one to hold your hand'

Oct 16th 2015, 6:25 PM 8,650 Views 5 Comments

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.

'I certainly am not going after Lancaster's job': Schmidt brushes off England link
# Non-runner
From The42
# Non-runner

'I certainly am not going after Lancaster's job': Schmidt brushes off England link

Oct 16th 2015, 3:29 PM 12,937 Views 20 Comments

No point in taking a demotion anyway.

'We believe he's ready to go': Schmidt confident another day will see Sexton right
# Johnny On The Spot
From The42
# Johnny On The Spot

'We believe he's ready to go': Schmidt confident another day will see Sexton right

Oct 16th 2015, 3:02 PM 8,431 Views 14 Comments

The Kiwi also explains why he didn’t want to put the “incredibly strong” Iain Henderson at blindside.

Murphy gets nod at 6, Healy retained and more Ireland XV talking points
# Big Issues
From The42
# Big Issues

Murphy gets nod at 6, Healy retained and more Ireland XV talking points

Oct 16th 2015, 1:22 PM 20,197 Views 15 Comments

Jamie Heaslip and the other leaders must stand up, while Johnny Sexton and Keith Earls are fit.

'You need to ask the person who wrote the article' - Dusautoir denies French revolt
# In-fighting
From The42
# In-fighting

'You need to ask the person who wrote the article' - Dusautoir denies French revolt

Oct 16th 2015, 1:20 PM 8,946 Views 4 Comments

Les Bleus captain has rejected claims of a split in the camp between coach Philippe Saint-Andre and the players.

Argentina make 10 changes as frontliners return for Ireland clash
# Starting XV
From The42
# Starting XV

Argentina make 10 changes as frontliners return for Ireland clash

Oct 16th 2015, 1:12 PM 9,397 Views 5 Comments

Daniel Hourcade had named a powerful, pace XV for Sunday’s World Cup quarter-final.

Jonathan Sexton fit enough for inclusion in Ireland's starting XV to face Argentina
# Green Light
From The42
# Green Light

Jonathan Sexton fit enough for inclusion in Ireland's starting XV to face Argentina

Oct 16th 2015, 1:01 PM 30,059 Views 66 Comments

Keith Earls will also strap up an injury and head into battle at the Millennium Stadium this Sunday.

Aaron Smith snapping at the chance to 'mark himself' against France's Parra
# Mutual Respect
From The42
# Mutual Respect

Aaron Smith snapping at the chance to 'mark himself' against France's Parra

Oct 16th 2015, 11:54 AM 5,763 Views 0 Comments

The All Black scrum-half has taken time to enjoy the view on his way to the top.

Tentative steps for Sexton on Captain's Run with a difference for Ireland
# Starter For 10
From The42
# Starter For 10

Tentative steps for Sexton on Captain's Run with a difference for Ireland

Oct 16th 2015, 11:03 AM 24,344 Views 36 Comments

The out-half looks like a man ready to start on Sunday, but is minding his adductor.

'Failing to convert gilt-edged opportunities is like allowing your opponents to score'
# Under Pressure
From The42
# Under Pressure

'Failing to convert gilt-edged opportunities is like allowing your opponents to score'

Oct 16th 2015, 10:58 AM 6,728 Views 1 Comment

Eoghan Hickey takes a closer look at the pressures players will face in the RWC quarter-finals.

Marvel at how relaxed Paddy Jackson and Tommy Bowe are ahead of Argentina quarter-final
# Avenging Defeat
From The42
# Avenging Defeat

Marvel at how relaxed Paddy Jackson and Tommy Bowe are ahead of Argentina quarter-final

Oct 16th 2015, 9:01 AM 13,523 Views 8 Comments

Avengers assemble.

Dave Kearney waiting patiently for Ireland chances out wide
# Wing Play
From The42
# Wing Play

Dave Kearney waiting patiently for Ireland chances out wide

Oct 16th 2015, 6:45 AM 6,334 Views 1 Comment

The Ireland wing talks hitting rucks, holding width, decoys and Joe Schmidt’s ongoing demands.

Irish descendent Ayerza and the Pumas are coming for Ireland's scrum
# Fronting Up
From The42
# Fronting Up

Irish descendent Ayerza and the Pumas are coming for Ireland's scrum

Oct 16th 2015, 6:30 AM 14,272 Views 15 Comments

‘They haven’t dominated many teams. We’re planning to really take it to them.’

Beating Ireland would be the latest mark of Argentinian rugby growth
# Development
From The42
# Development

Beating Ireland would be the latest mark of Argentinian rugby growth

Oct 16th 2015, 6:00 AM 6,602 Views 2 Comments

The Rugby Championship, academies, Vodacom Cup and now Super Rugby – quite a journey.

How long will Paul O'Connell be sidelined for? We asked a leading physiotherapist
# Rwc 15
From The42
# Rwc 15

How long will Paul O'Connell be sidelined for? We asked a leading physiotherapist

Oct 16th 2015, 12:05 AM 17,590 Views 9 Comments

Jenny Branigan of Total Physio sheds light on the injury.

# rwc-15 - Thursday 15 October, 2015

Reports in France claim Philippe Saint-Andre has been ousted by his players
# Au Revoir
From The42
# Au Revoir

Reports in France claim Philippe Saint-Andre has been ousted by his players

Oct 15th 2015, 9:56 PM 25,963 Views 47 Comments

The squad will apparently coach themselves for Saturday’s World Cup quarter-final against the All Blacks.

Henderson set to take over from POC as Sexton looks likely to be fit
# Starting 10
From The42
# Starting 10

Henderson set to take over from POC as Sexton looks likely to be fit

Oct 15th 2015, 8:43 PM 27,323 Views 68 Comments

The Ulsterman is set start in the second row, while there will be two changes to the back row.

French hunt for O'Brien ban tougher to take than the Tullow Tank's swinging arm
# Opinion
From The42
# Opinion

French hunt for O'Brien ban tougher to take than the Tullow Tank's swinging arm

Oct 15th 2015, 8:02 PM 21,127 Views 30 Comments

Pascal Pape is an instigator, he got exactly the reaction he wanted from O’Brien, just not from the referee.

Ireland confirm that Paul O'Connell will return to the camp for Sunday's quarter-final
# Captain Fantastic
From The42
# Captain Fantastic

Ireland confirm that Paul O'Connell will return to the camp for Sunday's quarter-final

Oct 15th 2015, 5:50 PM 42,216 Views 55 Comments

O’Connell will rejoin the squad after his surgery.

'Apart from Rainbow Warrior, we're on the same page': NZ dealing with pressure of France week
# All Gags
From The42
# All Gags

'Apart from Rainbow Warrior, we're on the same page': NZ dealing with pressure of France week

Oct 15th 2015, 5:09 PM 7,729 Views 10 Comments

‘Worry is a wasted emotion,’ comes the words of wisdom from a man used to dealing with intense pressure.

Ireland have provided a positive update on Johnny Sexton and Keith Earls
# Health
From The42
# Health

Ireland have provided a positive update on Johnny Sexton and Keith Earls

Oct 15th 2015, 4:31 PM 11,731 Views 15 Comments

Joe Schmidt may have to make late calls on two of his backs.

London Mayor Boris Johnson flattens Japanese 10-year-old playing touch rugby
# Ah Here
From The42
# Ah Here

London Mayor Boris Johnson flattens Japanese 10-year-old playing touch rugby

Oct 15th 2015, 12:50 PM 10,086 Views 17 Comments

Insert joke about the England team not putting in as much effort at the World Cup here.

New Zealand name just under 1,000 test caps in side to face France this Saturday
# Experience
From The42
# Experience

New Zealand name just under 1,000 test caps in side to face France this Saturday

Oct 15th 2015, 12:20 PM 10,391 Views 18 Comments

Sonny Bill Williams must settle for a place on the bench.

Gatland makes three changes for World Cup quarter-final against the Springboks
# Split Decisions
From The42
# Split Decisions

Gatland makes three changes for World Cup quarter-final against the Springboks

Oct 15th 2015, 11:58 AM 8,805 Views 15 Comments

Dan Lydiate, Gethin Jenkins and Tyler Morgan all start.

Bastareaud benched for France's big bash with All Blacks
# Quinze
From The42
# Quinze

Bastareaud benched for France's big bash with All Blacks

Oct 15th 2015, 11:46 AM 12,371 Views 26 Comments

PSA has made three changes for their rematch of the famous 2007 semi-final at the same venue.

Australia's Foley reveals Cork roots, father's guidance the driving force behind his brilliant form
# Father Figure
From The42
# Father Figure

Australia's Foley reveals Cork roots, father's guidance the driving force behind his brilliant form

Oct 15th 2015, 9:57 AM 14,821 Views 47 Comments

The Wallabies number 10 has been one of the best players in this year’s tournament.

Cardiff hotel rooms costing rugby fans an average of €1,664 for one night
# Pricey
# Pricey

Cardiff hotel rooms costing rugby fans an average of €1,664 for one night

Oct 15th 2015, 9:40 AM 20,640 Views 87 Comments

The average price for Saturday is now 960% higher than the Welsh capital’s monthly average.

Sean O'Brien: 'I'm embarrassed by punch on Pape'
# Rwc 15
From The42
# Rwc 15

Sean O'Brien: 'I'm embarrassed by punch on Pape'

Oct 15th 2015, 8:46 AM 18,605 Views 32 Comments

A report of the disciplinary hearing was released by World Rugby.

'My heart is 100 percent for Argentina. My mind, my head, is 50/50' - Contepomi can't call quarter-final
# PUMA KING
From The42
# PUMA KING

'My heart is 100 percent for Argentina. My mind, my head, is 50/50' - Contepomi can't call quarter-final

Oct 15th 2015, 8:00 AM 21,006 Views 10 Comments

Contepomi spoke to The42 about Ireland and Argentina’s World Cup quarter-final.

Here's why Isa Nacewa expects to see Ireland and the All Blacks in the World Cup final
# Top Two
From The42
# Top Two

Here's why Isa Nacewa expects to see Ireland and the All Blacks in the World Cup final

Oct 15th 2015, 8:00 AM 16,071 Views 9 Comments

Ireland look like ‘a champion team’, the Leinster legend says.

Sexton holds key to Ireland's Clásico against Argentina says Hernández
# El Mago
From The42
# El Mago

Sexton holds key to Ireland's Clásico against Argentina says Hernández

Oct 15th 2015, 7:00 AM 6,603 Views 4 Comments

The Pumas magician says his relationship with Ronan O’Gara is now an ‘awesome’ one.

Spanish speaker Murphy keen to fill in for Ireland's injured O'Mahony
# Back Row Candidate
From The42
# Back Row Candidate

Spanish speaker Murphy keen to fill in for Ireland's injured O'Mahony

Oct 15th 2015, 6:30 AM 11,304 Views 8 Comments

With two spots available in Ireland’s back row, the Leinster man is hoping for the nod from Joe Schmidt.

Was Sunday's win against France a turning point in Ian Madigan's career?
# Perfect 10
From The42
# Perfect 10

Was Sunday's win against France a turning point in Ian Madigan's career?

Oct 15th 2015, 12:30 AM 12,413 Views 16 Comments

We asked Leinster’s Isa Nacewa.

'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 10,888 Views 1 Comment

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

# rwc-15 - Wednesday 14 October, 2015

'I was angry' - Scotland's Strauss not pleased with double suspension for this tackle
# Angry Scotsman
From The42
# Angry Scotsman

'I was angry' - Scotland's Strauss not pleased with double suspension for this tackle

Oct 14th 2015, 9:12 PM 13,389 Views 19 Comments

Here’s the incident that has ruled Ford and Gray out of the tournament.

Ireland's squad must move on but working with O'Connell was 'a privilege'
# The Great One
From The42
# The Great One

Ireland's squad must move on but working with O'Connell was 'a privilege'

Oct 14th 2015, 8:35 PM 7,765 Views 6 Comments

The likes of Devin Toner and Donnacha Ryan will be asked to compensate for the loss.

'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 60,305 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 27,929 Views 38 Comments

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