Ireland have been knocked out of the World Cup at the quarter-final stage for the seventh time in nine tournaments.
Luke McGrath insists that Ireland’s World Cup quarter-final sticking point will not taint departing head coach Joe Schmidt’s legacy.
Retiring captain Rory Best paid an emotional tribute to Ireland rugby after a clinical performance from New Zealand ended their World Cup dream in Tokyo.
Johnny Sexton’s ability to predict what happens next on the pitch has ensured the World Player of the Year is peerless, according to teammate Chris Farrell.
Rory Best has conceded Ireland’s confidence has been dented by the shock loss to Japan – but insisted Joe Schmidt’s men are still “very assured” of how to hit back to World Cup success.
Ireland will hand Jordi Murphy the “best chance” to shake off his rib injury and stay at the World Cup.
CJ Stander has declared himself ready to play his third World Cup match in 11 days when Ireland face Russia in Kobe on Thursday.
Andrew Conway has paid tribute to Ireland’s resolve in refusing to panic after their record 57-15 loss to England at Twickenham ahead of the Rugby World Cup.
Brian O’Driscoll believes it is “crazy” that Rory Best is not already heralded as one of Ireland’s great captains.
Ireland will “go anywhere and back” for captain Rory Best at the World Cup, pledges prop Tadhg Furlong.
Robbie Henshaw is an injury doubt for Ireland’s World Cup opener against Scotland, the PA news agency understands.