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Saturday 4 February 2023 Dublin: 9°C

# RWC2011

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# New balls please!
England camp play down Wilkinson's ball switcheroo
The out-half was caught trying to illegally change the ball before a conversion on Saturday, but coach Martin Johnson says that there’s nothing to it.
# Fighting Fit
Irish injury worries ease ahead of pool decider
Minor niggles for players including Paul O’Connell should clear up well ahead of Sunday’s crucial RWC fixture
# On Tour
Simon Hick's View from the Frontline: the greening of New Zealand
The Aviva crowds, with the odd exception, have had an ‘entertain me’ feel to them. This group in New Zealand, though, come to do the entertaining.
# Have your say
Poll: Should Kidney pick Ronan O'Gara or Jonny Sexton for Italian job?
The debate has been raging all week: who should start for Ireland at 10?
# Hot Water
Russian cited for 'headbutt' on Sean O'Brien
The IRB have confirmed this morning that Valery Tsnobiladze has been cited for the alleged misdemeanour.
AS IT HAPPENED
Wales v Namibia
As Wales took on Namibia in what proved to be a relatively one-sided encounter, we brought you minute-by-minute live coverage of the game.
# Happy Camp
'Buzzing' Irish camp already focusing on Italy
The Irish camp is in good form after the win over Russia and has already turned its attention to the final pool clash against Italy.
# Hard Yards
Hard Yards: A look back over the best of Sunday's action
Ireland were back on the field at the Rugby World Cup this morning, so check out just how well they got on…
# Reaction
Simon Hick's View from the Frontline: a case of try, try again
Declan Kidney will have lots to ponder after a professional display in Rotarua, writes Simon Hick in New Zealand.
# On The Road
The Happy Camper: head west, young man
“It feels so long ago since the dizzy highs we experienced in Auckland, but you can always rely on the Irish to make you feel part of a group, at kick off 20 people have drifted in.”
# Twittersphere
Sporting tweets of the week
Find out what was getting Rob Kearney down this week, how Serena Williams found herself on the wrong side of the law and Cian Healy’s reaction to Dublin’s All-Ireland win.
AS IT HAPPENED
Scotland v Argentina
It was never going to be pretty but this must-win showdown in Wellington was certainly fascinating.
# In focus
In pictures: Ireland get the job done against Russia
Declan Kidney’s men took care of business in Rotorua. Here’s how it developed.
# Treatment
All Blacks great Lomu 'stable' in hospital
Former wing shifted to Auckland hospital with problems related to his kidney transplant, reportedly.
AS IT HAPPENED
Ireland v Russia
Ireland were expected to hammer a tired Russian side in Rotorua this morning. Find out how they got on with a review of our minute-by-minute account.
AS IT HAPPENED
Samoa v Fiji
With Pool Stage qualification and Pacific island bragging rights at stake, this Eden Park encounter was never going to be short on physicality.
# Island hopping
The Happy Camper: southbound and down
“It was another early start in Wellington this morning, 7 am at the ferry terminal. With the Aussies in town, we shacked up on the outskirts of the city, in Porirua, and catch a train to spend Friday evening chanting ‘USA, USA’”
# Row
Tim Horan: I DID talk to Alan Gaffney after Australia game
Wallabies legend blasts back at Declan Kidney in row over ‘faking’ comments.
AS IT HAPPENED
New Zealand v France
It was all too easy for the All Blacks as they cantered past an under-strength France in Auckland. Read all about it in our minute-by-minute report.
AS IT HAPPENED
England v Romania
Mark Cueto and Chris Ashton both bagged hat-tricks in Dunedin this morning. Catch up with the details in our minute-by-minute report.
# Ireland v Russia
Next up for Ireland: Focus on the Russian rugby squad…
Ireland take on Russia as Declan Kidney’s men look to maintain their blistering start to the Rugby World Cup. Here’s our guide to our next opponents…
# Rough Ride
In the saddle: tough climbs and tall tales lead the way to Knight's Point
Paul Cahill sends in the latest from the road as the IRFU Charitable Trust Cycle Tour soaks up the sights of South Island.
# On The Road
The Happy Camper: Every cock will crow...
“A future quiz question beckons for a man named captain on his World Cup debut,” quips Sean as the crew move on to Wellington.
# unapologetic
Ashton defends swallow dive; mocks James Haskell
The England winger has promised to fly home if he drops the ball.
# Backlash
Kidney dismisses 'scandalous' fake injury accusations
Deccie hits back after former Wallaby Tim Horan accused Ireland of cheating their way to victory.
# Breakdown
Expert view: Kidney should have played a completely new team
One Irish rugby stalwart is in New Zealand and on the march. Here’s what Mick Quinn thinks, two weeks in.
# RWC2011
Shane Jennings' World Cup diary: part two
The Leinster man is focused on keeping Ireland World Cup dream on track as they prepare for Russia this weekend.
# RWC2011
WATCH: Rugby greats line out to preview World Cup action
Will Carling, Rob Henderson, Zinzan Brooke and Scott Quinnell were joined by Matt Burke via skype in Oz ahead of another busy weekend in New Zealand.
AS IT HAPPENED
Australia v USA
A rampant Australia put the ghosts of Eden Park to bed with a rout against America. Catch up with the details in our minute-by-minute report here.
# Viewing pleasure
Sofa Supporter: the sport on TV this weekend
The Rugby World Cup continues, as does the Premier League, while the Solheim Cup gets underway.
# We Have Alice
Leo takes the armband as Kidney rings changes for Russia clash
Several big names are rested ahead of Ireland’s final pool clash with Italy, with five changes in the back line alone.
# Rough Ride
In the saddle: Peaks and troughs from Flock Hill to Franz Josef
“Arriving at Franz Josef triggered elation not witnessed since Eden Park,” writes Paul Cahill as the IRFU Charitable Trust Cycle Tour of New Zealand rolls on.
# star men
Choice cuts: do you agree with our Rugby World Cup team of the week?
We pick our best XV based on the last week of the tournament. Check it out and let us know if we’ve forgotten anyone.
# twestion time
‘I love Cluxton’s kicking technique’ – when The Score met Ross O’Carroll-Kelly
TheScore.ie sat down for a virtual natter with Ireland’s Third Fly-Half™ on Twitter earlier. Here’s how it all worked out.
# Snaps
Slideshow: Irish stars go back to school in Rotorua
Rotorua went green for the afternoon, as Stephen Ferris, Conor Murray and Damien Varley visited a local primary school.
# RWC2011
Fringe players prepare for Russian mission
Paul O’Connell, Gordon D’Arcy and Tommy Bowe are all likely to sit out Sunday’s Pool C game with injury.
# Question Time
Watch: Johnson and Tindall face the media, refuse to discuss shenanigans
Martin Johnson and a timid Mike Tindall faced the gathered media as the England coach named his side to face Romania.
# Off Broadway
The Happy Camper: on the road less taken
“Unsure what size the bags are, or if better value sheep poo can be found, we keep motoring on until sunset and we pull into Dannevirke.”
# Cheats?
Horan: Ireland beat Wallabies by faking injuries
Former Australian centre Tim Horan claims that unsporting tactics were key to Ireland’s win.
# Early Doors
The Morning Score: Thursday
All the information you need to know before your first cup of coffee.