Garry Doyle

Garry Doyle

Rueful Aki sees red as Ireland enjoy Samoan stroll in Fukuoka

Rueful Aki sees red as Ireland enjoy Samoan stroll in Fukuoka

The odds on Ireland remaining visible in the tournament beyond next weekend are long

Typhoon trauma gives World Rugby plenty to ponder

Typhoon trauma gives World Rugby plenty to ponder

The devastation in parts of Japan this weekend partly vindicated World Rugby’s scrapping of fixtures. But it has other questions to answer

Delaney: The FAI’s worst own goal

Delaney: The FAI’s worst own goal

Football tsar who loved the limelight squandered the chance of a revolution

Another kind of World Cup hero

Another kind of World Cup hero

New Zealand’s Luke Jacobson, had the courage to bow out of the tournament when he declared himself concussed in a training session before the All Blacks’ opener with the Springboks

Ireland are known for bouncebackability, but they need Sexton to win

Ireland are known for bouncebackability, but they need Sexton to win

It’s a puzzle as to who the real Ireland is, the heroes who beat the All Blacks or the team that meekly capitulated to Japan

After the ball

After the ball

What does a rugby star do after he hangs up his boots? For the former Ireland internationals Andrew Trimble and Gordon D’Arcy, the answer wasn’t a straightforward one, writes Garry Doyle

Schmidt stands exposed as unsuspecting Ireland walk straight into Japan’s ambush

Schmidt stands exposed as unsuspecting Ireland walk straight into Japan’s ambush

The hosts made sure that yesterday’s match was played on their terms – and Joe Schmidt and Ireland simply had no answer

Time to stop crying crocodile tears for the island nations

Time to stop crying crocodile tears for the island nations

Nothing is as predictable at World Cups as the deluge of fake tears from those who pretend to care about the fate of the Pacific Islanders

Balkan ghosts at the feast

Balkan ghosts at the feast

It’s been some week. From the moment Gareth Thomas decided to reveal that he has been living wi...

‘Organised chaos’ will only get spirited Japanese so far

‘Organised chaos’ will only get spirited Japanese so far

The hosts caused a sensation four years ago by ambushing South Africa, but they remain makeweights at the highest level

The cup runneth over: The financial power of the Rugby World Cup

The cup runneth over: The financial power of the Rugby World Cup

The Rugby World Cup is now a glitzy tournament transformed beyond recognition from its humble beginnings in 1987. But is it really as big and lucrative an event as its cheerleaders claim?

Another last-eight exit beckons for Ireland

Another last-eight exit beckons for Ireland

Whether they get the All Blacks or the Springboks after the group stage, Joe Schmidt’s team will struggle to achieve that elusive first World Cup semi-final, writes Garry Doyle

How the RWC has grown

How the RWC has grown

1987 New Zealand and Australia hosts. Ireland lose in quarter-finals to Australia. The inaugural ...

Best intentions: A profile of Ireland's captain

Best intentions: A profile of Ireland's captain

Like it or not, the Irish rugby captain’s personal struggles mirror the challenge the entire squad now faces. For him, for them, the fear is that the World Cup has arrived 12 months too late