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Wednesday 29 March 2023 Dublin: 11°C

# World Cup

All time
# Have your say
Poll: How do you think Ireland will do in tonight's World Cup qualifier against Serbia?
Ireland’s hopes of booking a spot in Qatar in 2022 begin tonight.
# world cup 2030
Taoiseach speaks to Boris Johnson by telephone about joint bid to host 2030 World Cup
Micheál Martin said the Irish government would be “very happy to co-operate” with the UK.
Women's Rugby World Cup in New Zealand postponed until 2022
Ireland have yet to qualify for the World Cup but had hoped to take their final steps towards booking their place this year.
# a nation holds its breath
Poll: Would you like to see Ireland co-host the 2030 World Cup?
Ireland and the UK are plotting a joint bid, but they’ll face stiff competition.
# statement
FAI 'delighted' after UK government commit to support joint bid to host 2030 World Cup
The FAI could launch a bid to host the tournament with the football associations of England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
# RWC31
IRFU had 'preliminary' discussions about a joint bid to host the 2031 World Cup
An RFU spokesperson said a bid with Ireland, Scotland, and Wales was being considered.
# The Return
10 years after World Cup fiasco, Raymond Domenech back in management
The former France coach has been unveiled as the new boss of struggling Ligue 1 side Nantes.
# Challenge
Farrell confirms Ireland will head to New Zealand for a three-Test tour in 2022
Ireland have yet to beat the Kiwis on New Zealand soil.
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.
Italian World Cup winner Paolo Rossi dies aged 64
The 64-year-old was the star of the 1982 World Cup in Spain.
# longevity
'Do I think I can get to the World Cup? I think I can' - Sexton keen to push on
The out-half will be 37 when the tournament in France rolls around.
# off form
Ireland fall 6 places in latest Fifa rankings, as World Cup seeding blow confirmed
As expected, Stephen Kenny’s side have been placed in Pot 3.
# Preview
Crucial World Cup ranking points at stake, as Ireland aim to end barren run against Ryan Giggs-less Wales
Stephen Kenny’s side are also aiming a run of five games without a goal.
# Qualifier
Uncertainty for Ireland Women as Rugby Europe suspends games
It’s unclear if the World Cup Qualifying competition in December will be affected.
# Top Job
Joe Schmidt appointed World Rugby Director of Rugby and High Performance
The former Ireland head coach will begin his new role next month.
# warning
World Cup bid chief warns Australian rugby could become ‘third-tier sport’
Executive bid director Phil Kearns feels the nation is in dire need of a chance to stage the global contest in 2027.
# playmaker
Connacht's Jack Carty has the tools to break back into the Ireland mix
The 27-year-old out-half had his struggles post-World Cup but remains a classy operator.
# looking ahead
Ireland captain Andrew Balbirnie: England are dangerous animal even without World Cup stars
The Irish side meet Eoin Morgan’s men in the first of three one-day internationals on Thursday at Southampton.
Quiz: Ireland at the 2002 World Cup
It’s 18 years to the day since Robbie Keane put the ball in the German net in Ibaraki.
# Aiming high
Ireland show their hand and declare interest in hosting World Cup games
Cricket Ireland have submitted a bid to the ICC to co-host a global event in cricket’s 2023-31 calendar – meaning some World Cup games could be coming to these shores.
# Super Rugby
World Cup-winning All Blacks wing Milner-Skudder signs for Highlanders
The 29-year-old’s move to Toulon fell through due to a shoulder injury.
# Pastures new
Springboks' double World Cup winner to join Cheetahs
Francois Steyn will leave Montpellier this summer, it has been confirmed.
# Probe
More FIFA bribe claims tabled in US court
The updated indictment in the US investigation into football corruption alleges multi-million dollar bribes for World Cup votes and broadcast rights.
# Legend
South African World Cup winner to retire
Francois Louw is into his ninth season with Bath but has revealed this will be his final year at the Recreation Ground.
# Regret
'At a time Joe needed support, I felt I'd done the opposite. It was never my intention'
Rory Best has expressed his regret about comments he made in the wake of Ireland’s World Cup exit.
# Tough Times
Munster confirm Joey Carbery's season is over as he looks to recover fully
The 24-year-old’s campaign has been ruined by injuries.
# Powerhouse
World Cup red card behind him, Bundee Aki bringing form into the Six Nations
The 29-year-old teams up with Garry Ringrose in midfield for Saturday’s clash with Scotland.
# Looking Forward
Jacob Stockdale determined not to be defined by a poor World Cup
The 23-year-old is excited to link with Jordan Larmour and Andrew Conway in Ireland’s back three.
# world cup winner
'I love Munster, I invested so much of myself into the place, and I still do love it'
Felix Jones was part of the Springboks’ coaching team as they won the World Cup last year.
# the ghost of Manzanar
Mystery skeleton found in California hills revealed as WW2 Japanese-American prisoner
Giichi Matsumura left a US internment camp in the final days of World War II.
# rested
Munster's World Cup players to miss Leinster clash at Thomond Park
Johann van Graan’s squad will be tested in the next three Pro14 inter-pro derbies.
# Number One
Ben Stokes wins the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award
Stokes finished ahead of Lewis Hamilton and Dina Asher-Smith in the public vote.
# Son of Dagestan
'Peter O'Mahony and Andrew Conway, they're good guys and rugby gentlemen'
Russia flanker Tagir Gadzhiev made a major impact at the World Cup in Japan.
# Testify
Blatter insists he has a 'clear conscience' and that he's willing to testify about Qatar World Cup vote
Qatar beat Australia, Japan, South Korea and the United States to win the vote. However, the result has been consistently questioned.
# legacy
Joe Schmidt interview: planning to live without a plan... for now
Murray Kinsella sits down with the former Ireland head coach to reflect on the Rugby World Cup, his new book and much more.
# book review
Schmidt's book offers insight into coaching values but has few World Cup answers
Ordinary Joe includes some poignant human passages.
# number two
Scannell settled back in at Munster with Ireland's hooker spot up for grabs
The 27-year-old is keen to go to another World Cup with his country.
# new boss
Murray excited by 'fresh' Farrell era after Ireland's World Cup failings
The Munster scrum-half is focused on enjoying his rugby again after the dejection in Japan.
# Sidelined
Munster insist there's 'no frustration' at Carbery returning from World Cup injured
The 24-year-old is rehabbing an issue he carried throughout Ireland’s campaign in Japan.
# Future
'Tides can turn' but Southgate has no plans to quit England ahead of 2022 World Cup
The manager has outlined his intention to remain in charge through Qatar, depending on how Euro 2020 goes.