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# world-cup - Yesterday’s News

From The42 ‘It was probably me that was more emotional than the players’ – Schmidt Tough Calls

‘It was probably me that was more emotional than the players’ – Schmidt

Schmidt feels for those left behind, but has Ireland focused on the challenges ahead.

From The42 Specialist centre Darren Cave covers Ireland’s ‘manufactured midfield’ Face Fits

Specialist centre Darren Cave covers Ireland’s ‘manufactured midfield’

Joe Schmidt says the Ulsterman has earned his World Cup spot in training and in Cardiff.

From The42 Schmidt: ‘Some of those hours Trimble was coming to the World Cup with us’ Back Three

Schmidt: ‘Some of those hours Trimble was coming to the World Cup with us’

The Ireland head coach said Felix Jones and Fergus McFadden also just missed out on inclusion.

From The42 Schmidt confirms 31-man Ireland squad with Cave and Furlong in CONFIRMED

Schmidt confirms 31-man Ireland squad with Cave and Furlong in

Andrew Trimble is the big name to miss out after a tough selection process.

# world-cup - Sunday 30 August, 2015

From The42 Henderson adding the ‘nitty-gritty work’ to his explosive efforts for Ireland Llama

Henderson adding the ‘nitty-gritty work’ to his explosive efforts for Ireland

The 23-year-old lock was superb for Ireland in their defeat to Wales yesterday.

From The42 Schmidt: Dave Kearney looked dangerous with the ball the whole time Joe's Word

Schmidt: Dave Kearney looked dangerous with the ball the whole time

The Ireland head coach was impressed with the right wing and tighthead Nathan White.

# world-cup - Saturday 29 August, 2015

From The42 ‘I don’t think Ireland play a lot of rugby’ – Victorious Wales coach Gatland Winner

‘I don’t think Ireland play a lot of rugby’ – Victorious Wales coach Gatland

The 2013 Lions boss says Ireland were narrow and didn’t make Wales uncomfortable in defence.

From The42 Concern for Earls as Schmidt’s Ireland come up short against Wales Work To Do

Concern for Earls as Schmidt’s Ireland come up short against Wales

Ireland were beaten by a physical, ferocious Welsh defence as Luke Fitzgerald was also injured.

From The42 How the First World War changed soccer in Ireland Interview

How the First World War changed soccer in Ireland

The sport was not always wholly embraced by the masses.

# world-cup - Friday 28 August, 2015

From The42 Two key Wallabies have penned new contracts to stay in Australia Staying Put

Two key Wallabies have penned new contracts to stay in Australia

Good news for the Aussies ahead of the World Cup.

# world-cup - Thursday 27 August, 2015

From The42 ‘Some of the players who play with their province are likely to be in the 31′ Released

‘Some of the players who play with their province are likely to be in the 31′

Joe Schmidt says players who have returned to Ulster and Leinster are very much in the World Cup mix.

From The42 Cian Healy could make his Ireland comeback as soon as next week Gospel

Cian Healy could make his Ireland comeback as soon as next week

The loosehead prop is back in full training.

From The42 Scrapped national stadium means Japan must issue fresh Rugby World Cup plan Rwc 2019

Scrapped national stadium means Japan must issue fresh Rugby World Cup plan

World Rugby has demanded updated plans from Japan’s 2019 World Cup organising committee to allay concerns about the event’s viability.

From The42 Fitzgerald at 13 as Schmidt brings back Ireland frontliners for Wales Team News

Fitzgerald at 13 as Schmidt brings back Ireland frontliners for Wales

Paul O’Connell, Johnny Sexton, Conor Murray, Peter O’Mahony and Rob Kearney all return.

# world-cup - Saturday 22 August, 2015

From The42 Pyrgos try lights up scrappy Scots in Italy Winning

Pyrgos try lights up scrappy Scots in Italy

Scotland travelled to Turin hoping to build on the performance that left them on the wrong side of a 28-22 defeat to Ireland.

From The42 Bad news for Ireland as France are starting to look back to their best Ominous

Bad news for Ireland as France are starting to look back to their best

Veteran fly-half Frederic Michalak gave his hopes of a World Cup starting spot a major lift with a record-breaking performance.

# world-cup - Friday 21 August, 2015

From The42 Joe Schmidt will be keeping a close eye on ‘Le Crunch’ part deux tomorrow Les Bleus

Joe Schmidt will be keeping a close eye on ‘Le Crunch’ part deux tomorrow

Ireland’s clash with France looks like being key to Pool D at the World Cup.

From The42 Horwill, White miss out on Wallabies World Cup squad Bolters

Horwill, White miss out on Wallabies World Cup squad

Despite failing to win the Bledisloe Cup, Australia believe they have what it takes to win the Rugby World Cup.

# world-cup - Thursday 20 August, 2015

From The42 ‘Have we hit our best? I don’t think we have’ – Ireland’s Sexton looks for more Growth Mindset

‘Have we hit our best? I don’t think we have’ – Ireland’s Sexton looks for more

The out-half wants his team to continue the attacking verve they showed in the Six Nations win over Scotland.

# world-cup - Monday 17 August, 2015

From The42 Analysis: Schmidt keeps big ideas under wraps ahead of World Cup Game Plan

Analysis: Schmidt keeps big ideas under wraps ahead of World Cup

Ireland showed some nice shape in attack against Scotland on Saturday.

# world-cup - Sunday 16 August, 2015

From The42 Here’s the Argentina squad Ireland could face in the World Cup quarters Collision Course

Here’s the Argentina squad Ireland could face in the World Cup quarters

Joe Schmidt’s men may well face the Pumas in the quarter-finals.

# world-cup - Saturday 15 August, 2015

From The42 ‘He gave the players around him a real confidence’ – Schmidt on Zebo Zeebs

‘He gave the players around him a real confidence’ – Schmidt on Zebo

The Ireland head coach was similarly pleased with Ian Madigan’s display at out-half.

# world-cup - Friday 14 August, 2015

From The42 ‘Cian is a chirpy and happy fella… you don’t want to get him mad!’ Captain O'Brien

‘Cian is a chirpy and happy fella… you don’t want to get him mad!’

Sean O’Brien says the Ireland prop as maintained a positive attitude during rehab.

From The42 ‘Joe always says you’ve got to make the guy outside you look better’ Bossing It

‘Joe always says you’ve got to make the guy outside you look better’

Isaac Boss gets a chance to impress at scrum-half against Scotland tomorrow.

# world-cup - Thursday 13 August, 2015

From The42 Schmidt avoids Ireland cuts but World Cup squad crunch time comes soon Joe's World

Schmidt avoids Ireland cuts but World Cup squad crunch time comes soon

‘Instead of whittling down, we’ll be counting upwards to 31,’ says the Kiwi head coach.

From The42 Ireland look for Zebo to prove ‘versatility’ after Conan earns debut SPARK

Ireland look for Zebo to prove ‘versatility’ after Conan earns debut

23-year-old Conan stood out on the Emerging Ireland tour, says Joe Schmidt.

From The42 Zebo at fullback and more talking points from Schmidt’s Ireland XV Versatile

Zebo at fullback and more talking points from Schmidt’s Ireland XV

Jack Conan makes his debut, Madigan steers the ship and D’Arcy returns.

# world-cup - Sunday 9 August, 2015

From The42 Analysis: Keith Earls looked sharp in Ireland’s 13 shirt against Wales Pace Merchant

Analysis: Keith Earls looked sharp in Ireland’s 13 shirt against Wales

The Munster man made his return to the international game after a break of more than two years.

# world-cup - Thursday 6 August, 2015

From The42 Open thread: What Ireland team would you like Joe Schmidt to name for Wales? Name Your XV

Open thread: What Ireland team would you like Joe Schmidt to name for Wales?

Ireland’s World Cup warm-up schedule begins in Cardiff on Saturday.

# world-cup - Tuesday 4 August, 2015

From The42 Murphy keeping the heat on Ireland’s ‘established’ SOB and POM Back Row Battle

Murphy keeping the heat on Ireland’s ‘established’ SOB and POM

The Leinster back row says this weekend’s Wales clash is being treated as a Six Nations tie would be.

From The42 Ireland to test ‘new combinations’ for World Cup warm-up in Wales New Combinations

Ireland to test ‘new combinations’ for World Cup warm-up in Wales

Forwards coach Simon Easterby says some of the XV ‘won’t have been tested at this level before’.

# world-cup - Monday 3 August, 2015

From The42 George North is still not over concussion and won’t be risked Saturday Injury Doubt

George North is still not over concussion and won’t be risked Saturday

Neil Jenkins does not expect George North to feature for Wales against Ireland this weekend as they begin their World Cup preparations.

# world-cup - Saturday 1 August, 2015

From The42 No gremlins for Ireland, but Fitzgerald vouches for pre-season prep High Places

No gremlins for Ireland, but Fitzgerald vouches for pre-season prep

While Wales, England and France have been at altitude, Ireland preferred to keep it low-key.

# world-cup - Tuesday 28 July, 2015

From The42 IRFU decline to comment amid Cian Healy World Cup fears Church

IRFU decline to comment amid Cian Healy World Cup fears

It is believed the 27-year-old is still struggling to shake off the after effects of neck surgery.

# world-cup - Monday 27 July, 2015

From The42 ‘Every draw at the moment for Ireland is tough… Teams won’t dread playing us’ Russia 2018

‘Every draw at the moment for Ireland is tough… Teams won’t dread playing us’

A nice, handy draw for the 2018 World Cup qualifiers? Not according to Roy Keane.

# world-cup - Thursday 23 July, 2015

From The42 Leinster release Kane Douglas after receiving ‘suitable’ compensation Exit Door

Leinster release Kane Douglas after receiving ‘suitable’ compensation

The lock is expected to join Queensland Reds on a two-year contract.

# world-cup - Tuesday 7 July, 2015

From The42 Ex-Munster centre de Villiers nears Springboks comeback after horror injury Leader

Ex-Munster centre de Villiers nears Springboks comeback after horror injury

The 34-year-old’s road to recovery is the subject of an excellent documentary.

# world-cup - Monday 6 July, 2015

From The Daily Edge England tried to welcome home their women’s football team, but failed hard Casual Sexism
From The42 England’s jersey for a World Cup on home soil comes with no frills Kit

England’s jersey for a World Cup on home soil comes with no frills

The second strip is an eye-catching red.

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