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Andrew Conway
Schmidt puts his faith in Larmour and Conway as Ireland look for the perfect start
With the more established Rob Kearney and Keith Earls not taking the field, the world's No.1 ranked team will bet on enthusiasm as a substitute for experience.
Wales v Ireland - Guinness Six Nations
team announcement
Larmour and Conway step up as Kearney and Earls miss Ireland's opener
Injuries take their toll - and only four of coach Schmidt's squad to face Scotland featured in Ireland's last World Cup game in 2015.
Keith Earls
Home thoughts from abroad as family men Earls and Stander hope to go all the way with Ireland
They could be away from their young families in Limerick for eight weeks if Ireland make it to the final weekend, but Keith Earls and CJ Stander are still hopeful that they are in for the long haul.
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Press Release
Stage set for spectacular Rugby World Cup 2019 opening ceremony
Sold-out Tokyo Stadium and massive worldwide television audience set to be delighted by uniquely Japanese welcome.
Australia v Fiji - Group A: Rugby World Cup 2015
Predictions game: your chance to choose the finalists
Players, coaches, media and fans from all 20 World Cup countries have had their say in the bracket game and their choices point to a New Zealand - South Africa final. Now you can have your say...
England v Scotland - Guinness Six Nations
Scotland confident of knocking over Irish, says Johnson
Rookie centre believes familiarity with the opposition and the neutral ground will play into Scotland's hands on Sunday.
Gold medallists Fiji pose during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games medal ceremony for the Men's Rugby Sevens
press release
Olympians set to make Rugby World Cup history at Japan 2019
Tournament will feature 18 sevens players from Rio 2016 - including four Fijians who romped to gold medal glory.
Andy Farrell press conference in Yokohama
Green machine moving into overdrive ahead of opener, says Farrell
The Ireland defence coach says the players have been pushing themselves hard during some high-octane training sessions.
Akihito Yamada of Japan breaks during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool B match between Samoa and Japan
Tier 2 team analysis: Japan
Russia beware: Brave Blossoms bring speed and intensity to the contest
In the first part of a series on Tier 2 teams competing at RWC 2019, a guide to the strengths and weaknesses of Japan.
RWC 2019 Volunteers
Hospitality and happiness the goal of 'Team No-Side' volunteers
A team of 13,000 from around Japan will help to give fans at Rugby World Cup 2019 lasting memories of a local welcome.
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Tournament Bracket Game
The countdown to Rugby World Cup 2019 is on. Check out the tournament bracket to predict who will be crowned champions!