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Saturday 28 January 2023 Dublin: 6°C

# RWC2011

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# Setting the Scene
The Happy Camper: the calm before the storm
The Happy Camper has arrived in Dunedin and is soaking up some pre-match atmosphere ahead of Ireland’s crunch clash against Italy.
# In camp
Shane Jennings' World Cup diary: week three
“The lads are really focused and everyone realises of course that’s it’s, put simply, do or die,” writes the Leinster man from Dunedin.
# Fuming
Samoan aims second Twitter rant at IRB, Owens
Gloucester’s Eliota Sapolu Fuimaono faces a misconduct charge over comments made about referee Nigel Owens.
# Rough Ride
In the saddle: no rest for the wicked
The Irish fans on the road to Dunedin are feeling the burn as their charity cycle winds down.
# Catch up
Hard Yards: here's what you missed at the Rugby World Cup this morning
Got a life? Like to sleep? We got your back with our tournament round-up. You’re welcome.
# Kiwi Fears
Huge concern in New Zealand as Carter gets injured
Dan Carter suffered a groin injury in training on Saturday and is reportedly a doubt for the rest of the tournament.
AS IT HAPPENED
Scotland v England
It’s the oldest international in the world. But the first time they’ve met on foreign soil. It wasn’t pretty but certainly was entertaining.
AS IT HAPPENED
France v Tonga
Les Bleus needed a point against the Pacific islanders to book a place in the quarter-finals. Could they do it? Find out on our liveblog.
AS IT HAPPENED
Australia v Russia
The Tri-Nations champs hoped to appease their critics by giving Russia a jolly good thrashing. Review our liveblog to find out how they got on.
# expert view
"Player of the tournament? Sean O'Brien"
Some of the game’s biggest names of yesteryear line out to preview this weekend’s mouth-watering games in New Zealand.
# Young blood
Simon Hick's View from the Frontline: You will meet a tall, dark stranger
Declan Kidney has gambled a lot on Conor Murray’s being the man to do a job at scrum half – in just his second senior Ireland start.
# Going native
The Happy Camper: a leap of faith ahead of Italy game
Some 84 kilos of Irish beef free-falling toward the Heineken-bottle green river below. Checklist completed; seen it, done it got the T-shirt… now for some rugby.
# Game on
WATCH: Ferris wary of 'passionate' Italy
The Ireland players speak about the challenges that lie ahead in their game against the Italians on Sunday.
# Viewing pleasure
Sofa Supporter: the sport on TV this weekend
Some exciting Premier League matches and the climax of the Rugby World Cup group stages are among the highlights this weekend.
# Balls Balls Balls
Johnson forced to answer more tough questions
The England coach has expressed regret over an incident that saw two of his staff suspended for the team’s final pool clash.
# Early Doors
The Morning Score: Friday
It’s the morning after the night before for Shamrock Rovers fans. Here’s everything you need to know.
AS IT HAPPENED
South Africa v Samoa
As South Africa took on Samoa in their last game of the group stages, we brought you minute-by-minute live coverage of proceedings.
# Crunch time
O'Gara gets the nod for Ireland's big Italian job
Declan Kidney’s side to face Italy has eight changes from Russia – but only two from the side that took the scalp of Australia.
# Line out
Gone fishin': Ireland's rugby stars reel it all in on day off
With a place in the quarter-finals almost on the hook, some of Declan Kidney’s players and staff went off shore for the day.
# Bench press
Simon Hick’s View from the Frontline: Sexton needs to kick on, even if he’s dropped
It looks like Ronan O’Gara will start against the Italians. but this set-back could be the making of his Leinster counterpart.
# Fighting Talk
Ireland game will be 'war' says Castrogiovanni
The Italy prop has also played down Nick Mallett’s comments that Italy have a “better front-row” than Declan Kidney’s men.
# Injustice
Tuilagi slapped with $10,000 fine for wearing the wrong gumshield?
Samoa’s tackle-shrugging winger has been fined heavily by the IRB for wearing a branded gumshield during Sunday’s World Cup match against Fiji.
# Leap of faith
The Happy Camper: come fly with me...
The free-fall from 9,000 feet lasts around 20 seconds. It was terrifying, exhilarating and a serious rush for the senses – it was almost as good as beating Australia in Eden Park.
# Decision time
O'Gara and Murray tipped to start Italy clash
The Munster pair look set to be preferred to Jonny Sexton and Eoin Reddan, while Paul O’Connell is Ireland’s only major fitness doubt.
# Well Wishes
Lomu remains in hospital, signs deal with NZ Women's Weekly
Concerns are growing for the health of the former All Blacks winger, who has granted a New Zealand women’s magazine exclusive access to news of his treatment.
# In camp
Fergus McFadden's World Cup diary: part three
As the Irish camp prepares for Sunday’s make-or-break match against Italy, Fergus McFadden files the latest installment of his World Cup diary.
# Shenanigans
Illegal ball exchange sees England coaches banned
Two members of the England coaching staff have been suspended after allowing Jonny Wilkinson to change the match ball for conversion attempts against Romania.
# Early Doors
The Morning Score: Thursday
Here’s everything you need to know before you start work – unless you’re a presidential candidate. Then, we can’t help you.
# Big Boned
Ketchup on those? Murphy to distract Italy star by leaving out chips...
Geordan Murphy says he can distract Leicester team-mate Martin Castrogiovanni by leaving baskets of chips by the pitch in Sunday’s clash between Ireland and Italy.
# Rest Day
The Happy Camper: See the world in green and blue
The Happy Camper puffs out his cheeks in an exhausted exhale. His camera battery is dying, the memory is full and he has just been to Milford Sound, the place New Zealanders go to sight-see.
# ultimatum
IRB promises World Cup review as New Zealand threaten boycott
The head of the New Zealand Rugby Union, Steve Tew, has claimed that participating in the competition is costing his country too much money.
# Spin Doctor
Losing to Ireland has stamped out complacency, says Cooper
Ahead of Saturday’s game against Russia, the out-half is taking the positives out of Australia’s shock defeat.
AS IT HAPPENED
Romania v Georgia
We brought you minute-by-minute live coverage, as Georgia took on Romania in the Rugby World Cup 2011.
# Italian Job
Crunch clash: Here’s everything you need to know about Italy
Has much changed in the Italian camp since Ireland’s escaped Rome with a two-point win in the Six Nations earlier this year?
# RWC2011
The Happy Camper: counting down the seconds to Sunday
Sean and company found their home away from home as they rolled up to the ski slopes of Queenstown.
# RWC2011
Simon Hick's View from the Frontline: Eat, sleep, breathe sport
When it comes to sport in New Zealand, rugby union is only the tip of iceberg, writes Simon Hick in his latest World Cup dispatch.
# Update
No major concerns as trio sit out training
Rob Kearney, Keith Earls and Sean O’Brien are all expected to be back in action tomorrow morning.
AS IT HAPPENED
Italy v USA
Friends close, enemies closer: chart the progress of Ireland’s Pool C rivals with our account of the Azzuri’s clash with Eddie O’Sullivan’s USA.
AS IT HAPPENED
Canada v Japan
Two evenly-matched teams slugging it out in pursuit of a guaranteed place in the next Rugby World Cup. What more could you want? (Apart from sleep.)
# In focus
The Happy Camper: it's all downhill to Dunedin from here
“Tosh’s catchphrase for the week has been “schnappy schnappy” as every time a scenic vista presents itself he is compelled to take a photo of it. The words echo around the cabin as often as the steering is turned.”