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Ireland rocked by Japan as host nation World Cup trend continues

By Ronan Coughlan / September 28, 2019 /

Playing the host nation in any major tournament is always significant, and Ireland were fully conscious of this across the media in the build-up, and I imagine under the Joe Schmidt meticulous game week preparation also. Playing the host nation at a World Cup was nothing new for Ireland, defeats against Australia (RWC 2003) &…

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