Rugby Ireland to start Rugby World Cup in Japan ranked No. 1

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Ireland will go into the Rugby World Cup as the No. 1-ranked test side after beating Wales 19-10 at Lansdowne Road on Saturday.

Ireland earned the top ranking for the first time, showing progression in its warmup matches for the tournament in Japan this month.

The Irish were thrashed by England 57-15 at Twickenham two weeks ago, and their second-string side beat Wales’ second string in Cardiff last weekend. In the return match between World Cup squads, Ireland limited Wales to a 10-7 lead at halftime, then impressively dominated the second half to score two muscle tries and keep the Six Nations champion scoreless.

The Irish pack edged Wales’, and Irish backs Jonathan Sexton, Robbie Henshaw notably, and Keith Earls warmed up in their fir

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