The odds on Ireland remaining visible in the tournament beyond next weekend are long
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
The hosts made sure that yesterday’s match was played on their terms – and Joe Schmidt and Ireland simply had no answer
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
The hosts caused a sensation four years ago by ambushing South Africa, but they remain makeweights at the highest level
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?
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