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Andy Farrell can reshape Ireland’s future after defeat to New Zealand

Irish have to face up to life after Joe Schmidt and Rory Best but the incoming head coach has young talent to work with• We are expanding our coverage of New Zealand. Please help us by supporting our independent journalismA wit once stated, after surve…

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‘Some big men are in tears’: Rory Best rues Ireland’s World Cup failings

• Captain says team are fixated with poor quarter-final record• Ulster stalwart retires after winning 124th cap in All Blacks defeatRory Best admitted Ireland’s fixation with their World Cup failings proved their undoing in the record 46-14 defeat to N…

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Almighty All Blacks lay waste to the side that inspired their rebuild | Liam Napier

Youthful exuberance was at the heart of a new-look New Zealand’s stunning quarter-final win over their recent nemesesSympathy is rarely felt for a rival rugby nation yet it was impossible to suppress pangs of exactly that emotion for Ireland. The cruel…

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New Zealand thrash Ireland to set up World Cup semi-final with England

• Aaron Smith’s double sets rampant All Blacks on way to victory • England await reigning champions in Yokohama semi-finalThe forecast rain did not turn up but a big black cloud did. New Zealand are never more menacing than when they are portrayed as v…

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New Zealand v Ireland: Rugby World Cup 2019, quarter-final – live!

Rugby World Cup 2019 quarter-final updates from Tokyo StadiumDigital wallchart: fixtures, results and moreEmail Barry here or tweet him @bglendenning 11.29am BST 7 min New Zealand 3-0 Ireland: Rob Kearney drops the ball deep in New Zealand territory an…

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Can Ireland and Joe Schmidt again prove to be New Zealand’s kryptonite? | Paul Rees

The All Blacks have not lost a Rugby World Cup match in 12 years but Steve Hansen will be wary of the men in green• We are expanding our coverage of New Zealand. Please help us by supporting our independent journalismNo one achieves victory over New Ze…

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No quarter given: World Cup comes to life as the knockout stage begins | Andy Bull

The tournament has won millions of new fans in Japan and the onus is on the sport to keep them interested by providing a worthy spectacle in the quarter-finalsA storm blew into the sleepy little city of Oita on Friday morning. It brought thunder, light…

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No quarter given: World Cup comes to life as the knockout stage begins | Andy Bull

The tournament has won millions of new fans in Japan and the onus is on the sport to keep them interested by providing a worthy spectacle in the quarter-finalsA storm blew into the sleepy little city of Oita on Friday morning. It brought thunder, light…

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Rugby World Cup 2019: where the quarter-finals will be won and lost | Ugo Monye

England sticking to strengths against Australia; Ireland need to find old form to beat New Zealand; Wales must stop France momentum; South Africa could end Japan’s adventureEddie Jones has picked a team with England’s Six Nations win in Dublin in mind….

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New Zealand’s Foster ready for Ireland: ‘We always remember our losses’

• Ireland have won two of past three games against New Zealand• We are expanding our coverage of New Zealand. Please help us by supporting our independent journalismIf there are two elements New Zealand will summon up for their heavyweight quarter-fina…

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Air New Zealand pokes fun at Ireland fans before Rugby World Cup quarter-final – video

New Zealand’s national airline has poked fun at Ireland supporters with a mock pre-match ‘safety tips’ video before the All Blacks’ Rugby World Cup quarter-final against the Irish.The video, which mimics a pre-flight safety briefing, advises fans of Jo…

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The Breakdown | Japan and All Blacks can profit from red alert in World Cup quarter-finals

Seven dismissals in 29 matches makes forecasting the last four hazardous but the teams who prefer to shift the ball than go to ground should benefit from tough stance on tacklesSince World Rugby saw red at the high-tolerance threshold of referees over …

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New Zealand name strongest team as Brodie Retallick returns for World Cup quarter-final

Captain Kieran Read also back in side for game in Tokyo We are expanding our coverage of New Zealand. Please help us by supporting our independent journalismLock Brodie Retallick has returned for the All Blacks in arguably their strongest side for Satu…

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Rugby World Cup power rankings: breaking down all 20 teams in Japan

England, Ireland and Wales are among the throng pushing to challenge New Zealand as the World Cup enters crunch timeNormal service has been resumed. After the surreal scenes of the All Blacks not being No 1 (Wales were, then Ireland!) they enter the qu…

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Ireland have new plans for All Blacks in quarter-final, says Cian Healey

• ‘We have some new stuff we have not done before,’ says prop• Ireland wait for report on Aki ban before considering appealPreparing to face New Zealand tends to keep defence coaches up all night. Since the last World Cup, the holders have scored 267 t…

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Johnny Sexton urges Ireland to peak against All Blacks at Rugby World Cup

• Fly-half urges his side to produce top form in quarter-final• Bundee Aki faces disciplinary hearing after Samoa red cardJohnny Sexton has questioned the “strange” negativity around Ireland’s Rugby World Cup campaign, insisting Joe Schmidt’s men are r…

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Rugby World Cup: how the quarter-finalists shape up | Michael Aylwin

Ireland and Australia can upset the odds but Japan have probably gone as far as they canSaturday 8.15am, Oita, ITV1 Continue reading…

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New Zealand seek to forget recent history with latest Ireland challenge on horizon

All Blacks have lost two of their last three against Irish We are expanding our coverage of New Zealand. Please help us by supporting our independent journalismSteve Hansen has warned Ireland that recent form will count for nothing when the two sides m…

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Rugby World Cup: Ireland thrash Samoa to make it to last eight – video highlights

Ireland eased into the World Cup quarter-finals with a seven-try win over Samoa in Fukuoka. Ireland had to play over half the match with 14 men after Bundee Aki’s 29th-minute dismissal, but tries by Rory Best, Tadhg Furlong and Johnny Sexton had alread…

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Ireland thrash Samoa to ease into last eight despite Bundee Aki red card

• Sexton scores two tries as Ireland earn requisite bonus point• Centre dismissed for high tackle on Seuteni in first halfIt is not often a coach begs for leniency on behalf of another team’s player but in as gracious a press conference as you could wi…