A lot was expected of Ireland, but they fell short in their quarter-final against the All Blacks
Ireland Rugby World Cup Fixtures, Squad, Group, Guide
Ireland were one of the favourites at the 2019 Rugby World Cup, but once again they failed to make it beyond the quarter-finals – this time being knocked out by New Zealand.
How They Qualified
Ireland were one of the 12 automatic qualifiers for the 2019 tournament.
Johnny Sexton is the beating heart of Ireland at fly-half and forms a savvy half-back pairing with Conor Murray. In the pack, tighthead Tadhg Furlong is the cornerstone of the scrum.
The Coach – Joe Schmidt
A precise, demanding and brilliant Kiwi coach. He oversaw Ireland’s first-ever win over the All Blacks in 2016 and a Six Nations Grand Slam in 2018, as well as championship titles in 2014 and 2015. He also led Leinster to two European Cups and before that was an assistant at Clermont when they won the Top 14 in 2010.
The form team in world rugby in 2018, they have suffered a dip in 2019, so the big question is whether they can recapture their best for their quarter-final matchup with New Zealand.
Ireland Rugby World Cup Warm-Ups
- Saturday 10 August 2019: Ireland 29-10 Italy
- Saturday 24 August 2019: England 57-15 Ireland
- Saturday 31 August 2019: Wales 17-22 Ireland
- Saturday 7 September 2019: Ireland 19-10 Wales
Related: 2019 Rugby World Cup Warm-ups
Ireland Rugby World Cup Group
Ireland are in Group A alongside Scotland, Japan, Russia and Samoa.
Related: 2019 Rugby World Cup Groups
Ireland Rugby World Cup Kit
Ireland Rugby World Cup Fixtures
- Sun 22 Sep Ireland 27-3 Scotland (Yokohama) Match report
- Sat 28 Sep Japan 19-12 Ireland (Shizuoka) Match report
- Thu 3 Oct Ireland 35-0 Russia (Kobe) Match report
- Sat 12 Oct Ireland 47-5 Samoa (Fukuoka) Match report
- Sat 19 Oct QF2 New Zealand 46-14 Ireland (Tokyo) Match report
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Ireland Rugby World Cup Squad
Ireland have announced their squad for the upcoming World Cup;
Sean Cronin (replaced by Rob Herring)
Josh van der Flier
Jack Conan (replaced by Jordi Murphy on Sunday 29 September after suffering a foot injury)
Related: 2019 Rugby World Cup Fixtures
Previous World Cup Results and Record
Ireland’s Rugby World Cup Record: P40 W24 D0 L16
- 1987 Quarter-finals
- 1991 Quarter-finals
- 1995 Quarter-finals
- 1999 Quarter-final play-offs
- 2003 Quarter-finals
- 2007 Pool stages
- 2011 Quarter-finals
- 2015 Quarter-finals
- 2019 Quarter-finals
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