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Oct 5, 2015

Rugby-Georgia want to make memorable World Cup count

LONDON, Oct 5 (Reuters) – Georgia won plenty of new fans in their gutsy defeat to New Zealand but coach Milton Haig has warned his players it will count for nothing if they do not secure automatic qualification for the next World Cup with victory over Namibia.

Despite fielding a virtual shadow side — keeping their powder dry for Wednesday’s final match when third spot in Pool A and a place at the 2019 World Cup within their grasp — Georgia gave New Zealand a tough time last Friday.

Oct 5, 2015

World Cup experts France a different beast – Sexton

LONDON (Reuters) – Ireland will probably have to produce the best performance of Joe Schmidt’s two years in charge to beat France on Sunday, according to Johnny Sexton.

Both sides have already made the knockout stages but the clash in Cardiff is almost certain to send the losers into a quarter-final against champions New Zealand, with a likely last-eight game against Argentina awaiting the winners.

Oct 5, 2015

Rugby-World Cup experts France a different beast — Sexton

LONDON, Oct 5 (Reuters) – Ireland will probably have to produce the best performance of Joe Schmidt’s two years in charge to beat France on Sunday, according to Johnny Sexton.

Both sides have already made the knockout stages but the clash in Cardiff is almost certain to send the losers into a quarter-final against champions New Zealand, with a likely last-eight game against Argentina awaiting the winners.

Oct 4, 2015

Ireland win ugly but will take it and move on, says Schmidt

LONDON (Reuters) – Ireland coach Joe Schmidt was not pleased that his team’s usual trademark accuracy went missing in Sunday’s tight 16-9 victory over Italy but will take an ugly win when it means securing a place in the Rugby World Cup quarter-finals.

Ireland came through their first meaningful test of the competition thanks to a Keith Earls try and Johnny Sexton’s boot but were far from convincing ahead of final-game shootout with France to decide who finishes top of Pool D.

Oct 4, 2015

Rugby-Ireland win ugly but will take it and move on, says Schmidt

LONDON, Oct 4 (Reuters) – Ireland coach Joe Schmidt was not pleased that his team’s usual trademark accuracy went missing in Sunday’s tight 16-9 victory over Italy but will take an ugly win when it means securing a place in the Rugby World Cup quarter-finals.

Ireland came through their first meaningful test of the competition thanks to a Keith Earls try and Johnny Sexton’s boot but were far from convincing ahead of final-game shootout with France to decide who finishes top of Pool D.

Oct 4, 2015

Irish credentials face first real test against Parisse’s Italy

LONDON (Reuters) – Irish fans flocked to London again on Sunday confident the Six Nations champions will book their place in the Rugby World Cup quarter-finals with a victory over Italy before marching into a group decider against France.

A week after being largely responsible for the biggest ever World Cup attendance when Ireland’s large expatriate community and travelling fans packed out London’s Wembley Stadium, it was the turn of the 54,000 capacity Olympic Stadium to more closely resemble a home fixture in Dublin.

Oct 4, 2015

Rugby-Irish credentials face first real test against Parisse’s Italy

LONDON, Oct 4 (Reuters) – Irish fans flocked to London again on Sunday confident the Six Nations champions will book their place in the Rugby World Cup quarter-finals with a victory over Italy before marching into a group decider against France.

A week after being largely responsible for the biggest ever World Cup attendance when Ireland’s large expatriate community and travelling fans packed out London’s Wembley Stadium, it was the turn of the 54,000 capacity Olympic Stadium to more closely resemble a home fixture in Dublin.

Oct 3, 2015

Ireland wary of Italy’s returning talisman Parisse

LONDON (Reuters) – Ireland are wary and ready for the threat a returning Sergio Parisse poses to their World Cup ambitions, Paul O’Connell said on Saturday, describing the Italian captain as one of the greatest players he has played against.

Ireland can qualify for the quarter-finals with a match to spare if they beat Italy on Sunday and named their strongest line-up as they seek to progress to a group decider against France.

Oct 3, 2015

Rugby-Ireland wary of Italy’s returning talisman Parisse

LONDON, Oct 3 (Reuters) – Ireland are wary and ready for the threat a returning Sergio Parisse poses to their World Cup ambitions, Paul O’Connell said on Saturday, describing the Italian captain as one of the greatest players he has played against.

Ireland can qualify for the quarter-finals with a match to spare if they beat Italy on Sunday and named their strongest line-up as they seek to progress to a group decider against France.

Oct 2, 2015

Finally fit and in form, Earls a big bonus for Ireland

LONDON (Reuters) – Eight year ago Keith Earls was the great hope of Irish rugby — a Heineken Cup winner at the age of 20 and a British and Irish Lion at 21, the Munster man appeared to have a long and glittering career ahead of him.

Almost a decade on, persistent hip, knee and tendon injuries have capped the versatile back’s international appearances at 43 and kept him from Ireland’s back-to-back Six Nations victories. Before August, he last played for Ireland in early 2013.