Details of Ireland's World Cup quarter final with New Zealand confirmed 1 month ago

Details of Ireland's World Cup quarter final with New Zealand confirmed

So now we know.

The Ireland quarter final question has been resolved and Joe Schmidt's men will face a side, in the last eight, that they have beaten twice in their last three encounters.

News came through around 2am on Sunday that Scotland's game against Japan would be going ahead. That gave Ireland one last opportunity to top Pool A, and avoid world champions New Zealand (who topped Pool B).

Ireland assured themselves of a quarter final place, on Saturday, by securing a try-scoring bonus point in their 47-5 victory over Samoa, in Fukuoka.

Japan fell 7-0 behind before responding in dramatic, thrilling style. Four unanswered tries, either side of half-time had the hosts 28-7 ahead and they looked set to comfortable top the group.

The Scots then rallied with two tries of their own and it was a one-score game heading into the final quarter.

Gregor Townsend's men gave it their very all but it was not enough to get the job done and the game ended 28-21 to Japan.

World Cup quarter finals

Saturday, October 19 (8:15am) - England vs. Australia, Oita Stadium

Saturday, October 19 (11:15am) - New Zealand vs. Ireland, Tokyo Stadium (live on eir Sport 1 and RTE 2)

Sunday, October 20 (8:15am) - Wales vs. France, Oita Stadium

Sunday, October 20 (11:15am) - Japan vs. South Africa

With the last eight confirmed, it also gives us a glimpse of the potential semi-final that would await Joe Schmidt's men.

Should they get past the All Blacks, Ireland would take on the winner of England and Australia.

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