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This week
19th March 2023 - 25th March 2023
# road to glory
It's a lopsided World Cup but Farrell's Ireland won't fear anyone
The draws means the top five-ranked teams in the world are on one side of the tournament.
Last year
# Whangārei
Nine-try New Zealand crush Scotland at Rugby World Cup
The result ensures they will be top qualifiers for the quarter-finals.
All time
Women's Rugby World Cup officially postponed to 2022
The decision was made because of the uncertainties surrounding the coronavirus pandemic.
Ireland draw champion Springboks and Scotland in 2023 World Cup pool
If they can get out of the pool, Ireland are set to face France or New Zealand in the quarter-finals.
Australia set for 2027 Rugby World Cup bid boost thanks to dual-awarding system
The United States are in the running to host the 2031 event and Australia hope that will help them secure the prior tournament.
# Rehab
Joey Carbery returns to Munster with ankle injury after World Cup
The 23-year-old is now a doubt for the opening rounds of the Heineken Champions Cup.
# Emporer
Gatland aims for World Cup glory after Wales play 'get-out-of-jail card'
This World Cup is Gatland’s final campaign before heading home to New Zealand for a new job with the Chiefs.
# Popular
Over one million people tune in for Ireland's Rugby World Cup quarter-final with the All Blacks
An average audience of 766,300 viewed the match on RTÉ2.
# The42 Rugby Weekly
A pack of problems: Are Ireland's forwards failing to match the intensity of the backs?
Today’s podcast suggests that the back are actually performing pretty well in Japan but are being let down by the pack.
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# best foot forward
'It certainly wasn't anything I'd prepared for' - Niall Scannell on playing flanker on World Cup bow
The Munster man is determined to make the most of his opportunity on the big stage this week.
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# looking ahead
Eddie Jones ready for '15 Donald Trumps' when England face USA
The English side have just a four-day turnaround from their opening 35-3 win over Tonga.
# oh Captain my captain
'Those critics are always going to come' - Stander hails captain Best
The Ireland hooker inspired his side to victory against Scotland.
'I get a pretty good feeling from the camp and it gives me a little bit of confidence'
Joe Schmidt is on the eve of his final tournament in charge of Ireland.
# Well Briefed
'We're all well aware' - Conan insists Ireland camp fully understand betting rules
Wales assistant head coach Rob Howley was sent home from the World Cup for alleged betting offences.
# Celtic cousins
Familiarity breeds contempt for old rivals Ireland and Scotland
‘They straight up just don’t get along’.
# Say Cheese
In pics: Smiles all round as Irish squad departs for Rugby World Cup
Joe Schmidt’s side left for Japan today.
# turning japanese
Win tickets to Ireland's pre-Rugby World Cup farewell game against Wales
Join us for a special preview of the tournament with some of the sport’s big personalities.
# upping the ante
Ireland's pool opponents and World Cup hosts Japan win Pacific Nations Cup
The side are in Rugby World Cup Pool A alongside Joe Schmidt’s side for the upcoming tournament.
# Options
Scotland, Ireland's first World Cup opponents, name 42-man training squad
Gregor Townsend has omitted Richie Gray but he could still come into the mix.
# new faces
Schmidt says there's 'absolutely' still scope for a World Cup bolter to emerge
Connacht lock Gavin Thornbury was one of the new faces involved in Ireland camp last week.
# statement
Spain request for World Cup qualifier against Belgium to be replayed
A video package including 19 instances of alleged bias by the Romanian official has also been submitted to World Rugby.
# New Man In
Former All Blacks coach to take charge of USA team ahead of 2019 Rugby World Cup
John Mitchell has been hired as the new head coach.
# Under the posts
From Savea to Gilroy: These are our favourite tries of 2015
That was quite a year for world rugby.
# Second best
Cheika sees World Cup defeat as the beginning of Wallabies' journey
The former Leinster boss says his team can close the gap on the All Blacks by playing them frequently.
The winners and losers from a memorable Rugby World Cup
There’s a lot to look back on ahead of this weekend’s decider.
# No Elbow
Spread of outrage over Richie McCaw ignores the facts of the matter
The New Zealand captain has unfairly been the target of headlines since last night’s World Cup semi-final.
# 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.
# let us pray
13 tweets that perfectly sum up how 'not able' Ireland is for today
Up with the birds.
# rwc 15
These Irish rugby fans had an epic time on the streets of Cardiff last night
“Olé Olé Olé.”
10 of the best pubs in Dublin to watch Ireland in the Rugby World Cup
# Northsiders
This is the north: how will the European sides fare at the Rugby World Cup?
Ireland are the only Home Nations side to have never progressed beyond the World Cup quarter-finals.
# Computer Says No
This out-half has a mystery kicking coach who he emails video clips to
Ireland will face this Italian in England in a few weeks.
# this is my truth...
5 perfectly reasonable excuses to skive off work during the World Cup
Because that Tonga v Namibia match ain’t going to watch itself.
# Go time
Peter O'Mahony: 'I'm just massively excited to get on the plane, get over there and get stuck in'
The Irish are hoping to return with some extra baggage this time: the Webb Ellis.
# History Boys
A definitive ranking of the best Rugby World Cups
Join us on a trip down memory lane.
# two heads
Johnny and Joe - the partnership that could propel Ireland into uncharted territory
Joe Schmidt found a kindred spirit in the No 10 when he first pushed open the Leinster dressingroom door.
# RWC doubts
Disaster for Wales as Halfpenny and Webb suffer injuries in Italy win
Both players picked up what looked like serious injuries.
# Machine
Iain Henderson steamrolled four Welsh defenders to draw Ireland level
The Ulster man isn’t doing his chances of a World Cup starting berth any harm at all.