Ireland’s Rugby World Cup campaign starts Saturday 19th September – keep up to date with all the latest news and fixtures, and check our Rugby World Cup 2015 page for more information.

Ireland’s Rugby World Cup Record: P30 W17 D0 L13

1987 Quarter-finals
1991 Quarter-finals
1995 Quarter-finals
1999 Quarter-final play-offs
2003 Quarter-finals
2007 Pool stages
2011 Quarter-finals

How they qualified: Automatically as one of the top 12 sides at RWC 2011.

Vital statistic: 10 – The number of games Ireland went unbeaten before losing in March to Wales. In that time, they had won a Six Nations title, completed a Series win in Argentina and beaten Australia and South Africa.

Did you know? Ireland have never played England or South Africa at a World Cup

If they were a celebrity… Lionel Messi…strong work ethic, loves to put boot to ball, humble by nature yet has ultimately failed on the highest stage

Odds: 9-1

Jonathan Davies

Top 14: French leave no easy option

So Jonathan Davies is the latest player to fall short in France. The 27-year-old centre announced last week that he’ll be rejoining the Scarlets next summer, declining to take up…

Sonny Bill Williams

Rugby World Cup 2015: Alternative Awards

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Regrets: Jesse Kriel ponders what could have been after losing to the All Blacks

Skinstad: Boks have reasons for optimism

Even though the Springboks bowed out in heroic, agonising circumstances to the All Blacks in the World Cup semi-final last weekend, their 2007 World Cup winning backrow, Bobby Skinstad, says…

Unbridled joy: Man of the Match Nicolas Sanchez jumps for joy (Image courtesy of Inpho)

World Cup 2015: Ireland 20-43 Argentina

This quarter-final victory felt like the culmination of an eight-year project for Argentina. Finally we can stop talking about 2007 because the nation has totally re-invented its style. Gone is…