See all the quarter-final action, wherever you are Shares Image credit: Rugby World Cup Has it really been four years? It seems only last month Japan were causing the upset of the last Rugby World Cup by beating South Africa in the pool stage, and now they face the same team in the quarter-finals on home turf. Whatever the result of that tie, it represents progress for the hosts who have made it to the knockout stage for the first time after eight failed attempts.
You can see them all here. I really like that. Josh Adams is in fine form for Wales. We look at the lessons for the teams left in the tournament But it was a simple six-word message to Irish rugby legend Rory Best which will have captivated many TV viewers as Ireland were hammered by New Zealand in their World Cup quarter-final showdown in Tokyo.
Three years ago, the Wallaby was diagnosed with leukaemia and the thought of playing for his country at the Rugby World Cup was a million miles away. But he overcome the illness and faced England in the quarter-finals of the World Cup. You can read the full story here.
The back to back holders will face England, who were victors over Australia earlier today, in the semi-finals in Yokohama next Saturday.
Legendary New Zealand captain Sean Fitzpatrick described the Kiwi display as their best since beating Australia in the final at Twickenham. Richie Mo'unga No.
Seven tries for the All Blacks told the story with Ireland getting two late consolation, if you can call them that, scores. Carbery converted but it was too little, too late. Son Rhys Ruddock was born in Ireland and although also qualified for Wales opted to play for the men in green.
It summed up their frustration with New Zealand having forced them into errors and being so fast, skillful and dangerous on the ball. Ireland have to score first and quickly in the second half to have any hope of mounting a comeback. They hacked on and arch-poacher Beauden Barrett cruised up to pick up the ball and score.
He ruled Ireland left-wing Jacob Stockdale had deliberately knocked on attempting an interception. It appeared a harsh call with Stockdale a master of picking off opposition passes and it could be argued the speedster should have held on to the ball.
Ireland have won two of their last three meetings but have never reached the World Cup semi-finals. The winner will face England, who demolished Australia , in the last four next Saturday.
We can go there and challenge, and see where we go with this. They just kept handing the ball back to England and England kept scoring. We had the lead and Australia were again throwing everything at us.
We wanted to play the game at our pace.
Their defence was largely solid as they restricted the Wallabies to one try during a match that was fascinating for an hour. Maro Itoje of England celebrates as referee Jerome Garces awards a penalty Image: Getty Images Owen Farrell did the rest with his deadly right-boot, converting all four tries and adding four penalties.