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Wednesday 5 October, 2011

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Deja vu: top 20 #cianhealyfacts

Following the unprecedented success of #seanobrienfacts, we bring you the best bits from the long-awaited sequel.

Maid who England players taunted quits job

Angela Carter has cited a lack of support from hotel management as the primary reason for her quitting.

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In pictures: Ireland’s rugby stars hit the weights

The countdown is on to Saturday’s World Cup quarter-final shoot-out with Wales. And Declan Kidney’s men are ready for the gun show.

Warburton is up there with Pocock and McCaw, warns O’Callaghan

DOC highlights the “massive threat” posed by the Welsh openside ahead of Saturday’s meeting.

Simon Hick’s View from the Frontline: welcome to the capital of cool

There’s a coffee shop every 50 yards, the locals walk and talk a little faster than your average New Zealander and there is a sense of a town with very little time on its hands.

Best stays in – for now – as Kidney names unchanged side for Wales

Declan Kidney names an unchanged side from the one that beat Italy – with Conor Murray staying put with O’Gara at half-back.

Tuesday 4 October, 2011

Simon Hick’s View from the Frontline: enter the Dragon

It doesn’t matter how many times they’ve been spanked, how long they’ve been in a rut, or how many other nations write them off; the good times are always just around the corner.

Du Plessis backs Ireland to reach World Cup Final

Springboks prop Jannie Du Plessis says he expects Ireland to outstrip their Six Nations rivals at this year’s tournament.

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The making of a Twitter legend: top 20 #seanobrienfacts

A certain player was venerated ad nauseam following Ireland’s consummate progress into the World Cup quarter finals. Here are the best of the tweets dedicated to that player.

Guscott: England players showing ‘a lack of respect’

The BBC pundit has become the latest in a long line of ex-internationals to express his dismay at the behaviour of Martin Johnson’s squad.

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WATCH: Irish rugby fans reach Dunedin in the saddle

We’ve followed the charity riders progress on their bikes all through the tournament. Here’s how they got on.

Sean O’Brien named the official Player of Pool C

The Carlow man claimed the accolade ahead of a handful of Australians, while three members of the Irish team made the Sydney Morning Herald’s “Team of the Pool Stages”.

Welsh trio set to feature in Ireland encounter

James Hook, Shane Williams and Dan Lydiate are all set to win their fitness races for Saturday’s showdown.

The Happy Camper: new austerity measures on the road

“Men like Tom Crean and Roald Amundsen have looked into such tracts of the wild unknown and thought ‘onward.’ For us, this will be the southern limit of our lifetime.”

Ghiraldini gets 15 weeks for Healy eye gouge

The Italian hooker will be banned from playing until mid-January, pending an appeal.

Simon Hick’s View from the Frontline: are you thinking what I’m thinking?

The Irish team have reached the quarter-finals thanks, in no small part, to collective intelligence, writes Simon Hick in New Zealand.

Sherry gets Ireland call, as Best struggles

The inexperienced Munster hooker is travelling to New Zealand as a precautionary measure, as doubts remain over the Ulster player’s fitness.

Monday 3 October, 2011

Choice cuts: do you agree with our Rugby World Cup team of the tournament so far?

We’ve picked our best XV of the tournament so far. Check it out and let us know if you agree.

It’s a hit! Ireland’s win over Italy was a ratings winner

Hooky, Popey and the rest on RTÉ Two pull in big audience for final group game despite early kick-off.

Sky’s the limit: Ireland up to fifth in world rankings

Declan Kidney’s men have risen again, following their recent excellent performances against Russia and Italy.

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Poll: how far do you think Ireland will now go at the Rugby World Cup?

Yesterday’s victory over Italy in Dunedin means Ireland march on as group winners. How optimistic are you feeling now?

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In pictures: Irish players hit the pool for recovery session

No sooner had they checked in at their new hotel and the players were pulling the togs out of the suitcases.

Joubert to take charge of Ireland-Wales showdown

South African will referee meeting between Six Nations rivals in Wellington.

The Happy Camper: the long and winding road…

It’s the morning after the night before and the lads head out for a bit of a bird-watch. Literally.

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Rory Best doubtful for quarter-final with Wales

Ulster hooker’s participation in the last eight showdown is in the balance after he sprained the AC join in his right shoulder.

The Morning Score: Monday

Get the week off the right way – here’s everything you need to know.

Sunday 2 October, 2011

The Happy Camper: Bring on the Welsh!

The Happy Camper is soaking up the post-match atmosphere in Dunedin. How we wish we could be there too.

BOD: We always believed in ourselves

Ireland are heading to the quarter-finals of the Rugby World Cup as their captain says the players never stopped believing that results would go their way.

In the saddle: it’s the final countdown

Our charity cyclists wind down on the last leg of their epic trip to Dunedin.

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Gallery: Ireland complete their Italian job

The Irish filled the Otago Stadium and the men in green gave the fans plenty to shout about. Here’s some of the best images from Dunedin.

Hard Yards: Ireland are through but who else claimed their spot?

Irish eyes may have been concentrating on Dunedin but there was plenty of other action at the World Cup this morning. Here’s what you need to know…

Three more England players land themselves in hot water

Martin Johnson has reprimanded three of his players after they made lewd comments to a female hotel worker in New Zealand.

Match report: Ireland show the world they’re here to play

Declan Kidney’s men progress after impressive win over Azzurri.

The Happy Camper: we always knew this would define our tournament

“The Dunedin Holiday Park was a hive of activity deep into the cold night as the community gathered to sing the songs that always bring us together.”

As it happened: Ireland v Italy

Ireland are through to the World Cup quarter-finals after a rousing second half performance saw off Italy in Dunedin. It’s Wales up next…

As it happened: Wales v Fiji

Wales are through to the World Cup quarter-finals after obliterating Fiji. Ireland will be next for Warren Gatland’s men if Brian O’Driscoll and co. beat Italy…

As it happened: New Zealand v Canada

After enduring a tough week, could the All Blacks serve up some sporting catharsis against Canada?

As it happened: Argentina v Georgia

With their place in the quarter-finals at stake, the Pumas were all set to duke it out with Georgia. Could they come out on top? Review our live coverage to find out.

Saturday 1 October, 2011

Confirmed KO: Carter is out of World Cup

Graham Henry has revealed that the injury sustained by Dan Carter will sideline the fly-half for the rest of the tournament.

In the saddle: you will hit a lofty mountain…

“Upon questioning from Ambassador Nick Quinn, they informed us that they were dressed in such a manner with the hope of increasing male patronage at the bar.”