Ire­land in quar­ters

Toronto Star - - SCOREBOARD/SPORTS -

LON­DON— Ire­land qual­i­fied for the Rugby World Cup quar­ter-fi­nals by squeez­ing past Italy 16-9 in a tight test Sun­day that en­sured the Ital­ians will miss out — again.

The vic­tory, de­scribed as “ugly” by coach Joe Sch­midt, also lifted France into the last eight, and con­firmed their match next week­end at Mil­len­nium Sta­dium as the Pool D de­cider.

The loser in Cardiff will likely face de­fend­ing cham­pion New Zealand in the quar­ters. A near full-strength Ir­ish team racked up 94 points in its first two matches.

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