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Rugby World Cup: Ireland trounce Canada 50-7

Published 19/09/2015

Ireland's full-back Rob Kearney runs to score a try against Canada in their Rugby World Cup match at the Millennium Stadium. AFP PHOTO / DAMIEN MEYER
Ireland's full-back Rob Kearney runs to score a try against Canada in their Rugby World Cup match at the Millennium Stadium. AFP PHOTO / DAMIEN MEYER
Matt Evans of Canada and Luke Fitzgerald of Ireland challenge for a high ball in their Rugby World Cup match at the Millennium Stadium. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images).
Van Der Merwe of Canada dives over to score a try which was later disallowed during the 2015 Rugby World Cup. Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images.
Jonathan Sexton (C) runs to score a try in the Rugby World Cup match against Canada at the Millennium Stadium. AFP PHOTO / LOIC VENANCE.
Ireland's back row Peter O'Mahony (C) is tackled by Canada's lock Brett Beukeboom (L) in their Rugby World Cup match at the Millenium Stadium. AFP PHOTO / LOIC VENANCE.
Ireland's lock Iain Henderson (R) is tackled by Canada's flanker Kyle Gilmour in their Rugby World Cup match at the Millennium Stadium. AFP PHOTO / LOIC VENANCE.
Ireland's prop Mike Ross (C) mauls during the Rugby against Canada at the Millennium Stadium. AFP PHOTO / LOIC VENANCE.
Irish supporters before the Rugby World Cup game against Canada at the Millennium Stadium. AFP PHOTO / LOIC VENANCE
Ireland's Ian Madigan during the captain's run at the Millennium Stadium, London. Nigel French/PA Wire
Canada hooker Ray Barkwill in action during the Canada captains run ahead of their opening 2015 Rugby World Cup match against Ireland at Millennium Stadium on September 18, 2015 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
Canada player Jamie Mackenzie (r) enjoys a joke during the Canada captains run ahead of their opening 2015 Rugby World Cup match against Ireland at Millennium Stadium on September 18, 2015 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
Ireland's Jordi Murphy during the captain's run at the Millennium Stadium. Nigel French/PA Wire
Nathan White during the captain's run at the Millennium Stadium, London. Nigel French/PA Wire
A large rugby ball dominated the pitch of the opening ceremony at Twickenham
Australia and Ireland fans in the stands during the IRB Rugby World Cup match at Eden Park, Auckland, New Zealand
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 17: An Ireland fan smiles ahead of the IRB 2011 Rugby World Cup Pool C match between Australia and Ireland at Eden Park on September 17, 2011 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 17: An Ireland fan looks on ahead of the IRB 2011 Rugby World Cup Pool C match between Australia and Ireland at Eden Park on September 17, 2011 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
Ireland fans celebrate in the stands during the IRB Rugby World Cup match at Eden Park, Auckland, New Zealand
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 17: A Wallabies fan soaks up the atmosphere during the IRB 2011 Rugby World Cup Pool C match between Australia and Ireland at Eden Park on September 17, 2011 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 17: Ireland fans enjoy the atmosphere during the IRB 2011 Rugby World Cup Pool C match between Australia and Ireland at Eden Park on September 17, 2011 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Sandra Mu/Getty Images)
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 17: A Wallabies fan looks on ahead of the IRB 2011 Rugby World Cup Pool C match between Australia and Ireland at Eden Park on September 17, 2011 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 17: A masked Ireland fan looks on ahead of the IRB 2011 Rugby World Cup Pool C match between Australia and Ireland at Eden Park on September 17, 2011 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 17: Irish fans celebrate victory at the final whistle during the IRB 2011 Rugby World Cup Pool C match between Australia and Ireland at Eden Park on September 17, 2011 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Sandra Mu/Getty Images)
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 17: Wallabies and Ireland fans soak up the atmosphere during the IRB 2011 Rugby World Cup Pool C match between Australia and Ireland at Eden Park on September 17, 2011 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Sandra Mu/Getty Images)
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 17: Wallabies fans soak up the atmosphere during the IRB 2011 Rugby World Cup Pool C match between Australia and Ireland at Eden Park on September 17, 2011 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Sandra Mu/Getty Images)
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 17: Wallabies fans soak up the atmosphere during the IRB 2011 Rugby World Cup Pool C match between Australia and Ireland at Eden Park on September 17, 2011 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Sandra Mu/Getty Images)
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 17: Ireland fans soak up the atmosphere ahead of the IRB 2011 Rugby World Cup Pool C match between Australia and Ireland at Eden Park on September 17, 2011 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Sandra Mu/Getty Images)
Ireland fans celebrate in the stands during the IRB Rugby World Cup match at Eden Park, Auckland, New Zealand
Ireland fans celebrate in the stands during the IRB Rugby World Cup match at Eden Park, Auckland, New Zealand
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 17: Ireland fans celebrate victory after the IRB 2011 Rugby World Cup Pool C match between Australia and Ireland at Eden Park on September 17, 2011 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 17: Ireland fans celebrate victory after the IRB 2011 Rugby World Cup Pool C match between Australia and Ireland at Eden Park on September 17, 2011 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Sandra Mu/Getty Images)
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 17: An Ireland fan sings during the IRB 2011 Rugby World Cup Pool C match between Australia and Ireland at Eden Park on September 17, 2011 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Sandra Mu/Getty Images)
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 17: Ireland fans celebrate victory after the IRB 2011 Rugby World Cup Pool C match between Australia and Ireland at Eden Park on September 17, 2011 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 17: Irish fans celebrate victory at the final whistle during the IRB 2011 Rugby World Cup Pool C match between Australia and Ireland at Eden Park on September 17, 2011 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Sandra Mu/Getty Images)
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 17: Irish fans celebrate victory at the final whistle during the IRB 2011 Rugby World Cup Pool C match between Australia and Ireland at Eden Park on September 17, 2011 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Sandra Mu/Getty Images)
Fans enjoy the atmosphere during the match between Ireland and Italy at Dunedin Stadium on October 2, 2011 in Dunedin
PALMERSTON NORTH, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 28: A Romania fan cheers on his team during the IRB 2011 Rugby World Cup Pool B match between Georgia and Romania at Arena Manawatu on September 28, 2011 in Palmerston North, New Zealand. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND - OCTOBER 01: A France fan cheers on her team during the IRB 2011 Rugby World Cup Pool A match between France and Tonga at Wellington Regional Stadium on October 1, 2011 in Wellington, New Zealand. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND - OCTOBER 01: A young France fan cheers on her team during the IRB 2011 Rugby World Cup Pool A match between France and Tonga at Wellington Regional Stadium on October 1, 2011 in Wellington, New Zealand. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - OCTOBER 01: An England fan looks on prior to the IRB 2011 Rugby World Cup Pool B match between England and Scotland at Eden Park on October 1, 2011 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - OCTOBER 01: A Scotland fan smiles prior to the IRB 2011 Rugby World Cup Pool B match between England and Scotland at Eden Park on October 1, 2011 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Sandra Mu/Getty Images)
WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND - OCTOBER 01: A dejected France fan looks on following her team's 14-19 defeat during the IRB 2011 Rugby World Cup Pool A match between France and Tonga at Wellington Regional Stadium on October 1, 2011 in Wellington, New Zealand. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND - OCTOBER 01: A tonga fan cheers his team on during the IRB 2011 Rugby World Cup Pool A match between France and Tonga at Wellington Regional Stadium on October 1, 2011 in Wellington, New Zealand. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND - OCTOBER 01: A Tonga fan celebrates as dejected France fans look on following their team's 14-19 defeat during the IRB 2011 Rugby World Cup Pool A match between France and Tonga at Wellington Regional Stadium on October 1, 2011 in Wellington, New Zealand. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
HAMILTON, NEW ZEALAND - OCTOBER 02: A young Welsh fan shows her colours ahead of the IRB Rugby World Cup Pool D match between Wales and Fiji at Waikato Stadium on October 2, 2011 in Hamilton, New Zealand. (Photo by Sandra Mu/Getty Images)
WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND - OCTOBER 02: A New Zealand fan looks on during the IRB Rugby World Cup Pool A match between New Zealand and Canada at Wellington Regional Stadium on October 2, 2011 in Wellington, New Zealand. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND - OCTOBER 02: A New Zealand fan looks on during the IRB Rugby World Cup Pool A match between New Zealand and Canada at Wellington Regional Stadium on October 2, 2011 in Wellington, New Zealand. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
DUNEDIN, NEW ZEALAND - OCTOBER 02: A fan enjoys the atmosphere during the IRB Rugby World Cup Pool C match between Ireland and Italy at Dunedin Stadium on October 2, 2011 in Dunedin, New Zealand. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)
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ROTORUA, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 25: Ireland fans pose prior to the IRB 2011 Rugby World Cup Pool C match between Ireland and Russia at Rotorua International Stadium on September 25, 2011 in Rotorua, New Zealand. (Photo by Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images)
Ireland fans celebrate in the stands during the IRB Rugby World Cup match at the Otago Stadium, Dunedin, New Zealand.
Ireland fans celebrate in the stands during the IRB Rugby World Cup match at the Otago Stadium, Dunedin, New Zealand.
Ireland fans celebrate in the stands during the IRB Rugby World Cup match at the Otago Stadium, Dunedin, New Zealand.
Wales fans with painted faces in the stands during the IRB Rugby World Cup match at the Waikato Stadium, Hamilton, New Zealand.
Wales fans wear fancy dress in the stands during the IRB Rugby World Cup match at the Waikato Stadium, Hamilton, New Zealand.
England fans shows their support ahead of the World Cup Group B match at Eden Park, Auckland.
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 30: A Springbok fans shows his support during the IRB 2011 Rugby World Cup Pool D match between South Africa and Samoa at North Harbour Stadium on September 30, 2011 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Sandra Mu/Getty Images)
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 30: Springbok fans show their support during the IRB 2011 Rugby World Cup Pool D match between South Africa and Samoa at North Harbour Stadium on September 30, 2011 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Sandra Mu/Getty Images)
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 30: Samoan fans show their colours during the IRB 2011 Rugby World Cup Pool D match between South Africa and Samoa at North Harbour Stadium on September 30, 2011 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Sandra Mu/Getty Images)
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 30: Samoan fans show their colours during the IRB 2011 Rugby World Cup Pool D match between South Africa and Samoa at North Harbour Stadium on September 30, 2011 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)
WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND - OCTOBER 01: France fans enjoy the pre-match atmosphere prior to kickoff during the IRB 2011 Rugby World Cup Pool A match between France and Tonga at Wellington Regional Stadium on October 1, 2011 in Wellington, New Zealand. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND - OCTOBER 01: France and Tonga fans cheer on their teams during the IRB 2011 Rugby World Cup Pool A match between France and Tonga at Wellington Regional Stadium on October 1, 2011 in Wellington, New Zealand. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND - OCTOBER 01: Dejected France fans look on following their team's 14-19 defeat during the IRB 2011 Rugby World Cup Pool A match between France and Tonga at Wellington Regional Stadium on October 1, 2011 in Wellington, New Zealand. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - OCTOBER 01: England fans dressed as Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry pose during the IRB 2011 Rugby World Cup Pool B match between England and Scotland at Eden Park on October 1, 2011 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)
EXETER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 01: Exeter fans show their colours during the AVIVA Premiership match between Exeter Chiefs and Saracens at Sandy Park on October 1, 2011 in Exeter, England. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND - OCTOBER 01: Tonga fans celebrate their team's 14-19 victory during the IRB 2011 Rugby World Cup Pool A match between France and Tonga at Wellington Regional Stadium on October 1, 2011 in Wellington, New Zealand. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND - OCTOBER 01: Centre Siale Piutau of Tonga celebrates with the fans following his team's 14-19 victory during the IRB 2011 Rugby World Cup Pool A match between France and Tonga at Wellington Regional Stadium on October 1, 2011 in Wellington, New Zealand. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND - OCTOBER 01: Tonga fans cheer their team on during the IRB 2011 Rugby World Cup Pool A match between France and Tonga at Wellington Regional Stadium on October 1, 2011 in Wellington, New Zealand. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND - OCTOBER 01: Dejected France fans look on following their team's 14-19 defeat during the IRB 2011 Rugby World Cup Pool A match between France and Tonga at Wellington Regional Stadium on October 1, 2011 in Wellington, New Zealand. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 24: France fans pose prior to the IRB 2011 Rugby World Cup Pool A match between New Zealand and France at Eden Park on September 24, 2011 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Sandra Mu/Getty Images)
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 24: France fans soak up the atmosphere prior to the IRB 2011 Rugby World Cup Pool A match between New Zealand and France at Eden Park on September 24, 2011 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Sandra Mu/Getty Images)
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 24: All Blacks fans show their colours ahead of the IRB 2011 Rugby World Cup Pool A match between New Zealand and France at Eden Park on September 24, 2011 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Hannah Johnston/Getty Images)
ROTORUA, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 25: Russia fans smile prior to the IRB 2011 Rugby World Cup Pool C match between Ireland and Russia at Rotorua International Stadium on September 25, 2011 in Rotorua, New Zealand. (Photo by Teaukura Moetaua/Getty Images)
ROTORUA, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 25: Ireland fans pose prior to the IRB 2011 Rugby World Cup Pool C match between Ireland and Russia at Rotorua International Stadium on September 25, 2011 in Rotorua, New Zealand. (Photo by Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images)
ROTORUA, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 25: Ireland fans pose prior to the IRB 2011 Rugby World Cup Pool C match between Ireland and Russia at Rotorua International Stadium on September 25, 2011 in Rotorua, New Zealand. (Photo by Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images)
WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 25: Argentina fans enjoy the pre-match atmosphere prior to kickoff during the IRB 2011 Rugby World Cup Pool B match between Argentina and Scotland at Wellington Regional Stadium on September 25, 2011 in Wellington, New Zealand. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
NEW PLYMOUTH, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 26: Wales fans enjoy the atmosphere during the IRB 2011 Rugby World Cup Pool D match between Wales and Namibia at Stadium Taranaki on September 26, 2011 in New Plymouth, New Zealand. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
PALMERSTON NORTH, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 28: Romania fans enjoy the atmosphere during the IRB 2011 Rugby World Cup Pool B match between Georgia and Romania at Arena Manawatu on September 28, 2011 in Palmerston North, New Zealand. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
PALMERSTON NORTH, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 28: Young Romania fans wear cut out buckets during the IRB 2011 Rugby World Cup Pool B match between Georgia and Romania at Arena Manawatu on September 28, 2011 in Palmerston North, New Zealand. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
PALMERSTON NORTH, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 28: Georgia fans enjoy the atmosphere during the IRB 2011 Rugby World Cup Pool B match between Georgia and Romania at Arena Manawatu on September 28, 2011 in Palmerston North, New Zealand. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 30: South African fans show their support before the IRB 2011 Rugby World Cup Pool D match between South Africa and Samoa at North Harbour Stadium on September 30, 2011 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Duif du Toit/Gallo Images/Getty Images)
WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 23: USA fans enjoy the atmosphere during match 23 of the IRB 2011 Rugby World Cup between Australia and the USA at Wellington Regional Stadium on September 23, 2011 in Wellington, New Zealand. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 23: USA fans enjoy the atmosphere during match 23 of the IRB 2011 Rugby World Cup between Australia and the USA at Wellington Regional Stadium on September 23, 2011 in Wellington, New Zealand. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
DUNEDIN, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 24: England fans enjoy the atmosphere ahead of the IRB 2011 Rugby World Cup Pool B match between England and Romania at Otago Stadium on September 24, 2011 in Dunedin, New Zealand. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)
DUNEDIN, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 24: Fans enjoy the atmosphere ahead of the IRB 2011 Rugby World Cup Pool B match between England and Romania at Otago Stadium on September 24, 2011 in Dunedin, New Zealand. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)
DUNEDIN, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 24: Romania fans enjoy the atmosphere ahead of the IRB 2011 Rugby World Cup Pool B match between England and Romania at Otago Stadium on September 24, 2011 in Dunedin, New Zealand. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)
DUNEDIN, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 24: England fans enjoy the atmosphere ahead of the IRB 2011 Rugby World Cup Pool B match between England and Romania at Otago Stadium on September 24, 2011 in Dunedin, New Zealand. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)
DUNEDIN, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 24: England fans enjoy the atmosphere ahead of the IRB 2011 Rugby World Cup Pool B match between England and Romania at Otago Stadium on September 24, 2011 in Dunedin, New Zealand. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 24: France fans dressed as Smurfs pose prior to the IRB 2011 Rugby World Cup Pool A match between New Zealand and France at Eden Park on September 24, 2011 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 24: France fans pose prior to the IRB 2011 Rugby World Cup Pool A match between New Zealand and France at Eden Park on September 24, 2011 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 24: All Blacks fans pose prior to the IRB 2011 Rugby World Cup Pool A match between New Zealand and France at Eden Park on September 24, 2011 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Sandra Mu/Getty Images)
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 24: All Blacks fans pose prior to the IRB 2011 Rugby World Cup Pool A match between New Zealand and France at Eden Park on September 24, 2011 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Sandra Mu/Getty Images)
Scotland fans show their support during the World Cup Group B match at Eden Park, Auckland.
Ireland fans show there support in the stands during the IRB Rugby World Cup match at the Rotorua International Stadium, Rotorua, New Zealand.
Ireland fans show there support in the stands during the IRB Rugby World Cup match at the Rotorua International Stadium, Rotorua, New Zealand.
French fans before the IRB Rugby World Cup match at Eden Park, Auckland, New Zealand.
PALMERSTON NORTH, NEW ZEALAND - OCTOBER 02: Argentina fans celebrate victory after the IRB 2011 Rugby World Cup Pool B match between Argentina and Georgia at Arena Manawatu on October 2, 2011 in Palmerston North, New Zealand. (Photo by Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images)
PALMERSTON NORTH, NEW ZEALAND - OCTOBER 02: Georgia fans look on during the IRB 2011 Rugby World Cup Pool B match between Argentina and Georgia at Arena Manawatu on October 2, 2011 in Palmerston North, New Zealand. (Photo by Teaukura Moetaua/Getty Images)
HAMILTON, NEW ZEALAND - OCTOBER 02: Fiji fans soak up the atmopshere ahead of the IRB Rugby World Cup Pool D match between Wales and Fiji at Waikato Stadium on October 2, 2011 in Hamilton, New Zealand. (Photo by Sandra Mu/Getty Images)
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 24: France fans pose prior to the IRB 2011 Rugby World Cup Pool A match between New Zealand and France at Eden Park on September 24, 2011 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Sandra Mu/Getty Images)

Jamie Cudmore's cheap yellow card gifted Ireland the ideal World Cup start as Joe Schmidt's men overwhelmed Canada 50-7 in Cardiff.

Sean O'Brien, Iain Henderson, Johnny Sexton and Dave Kearney crossed to secure the try bonus point in just 35 minutes, before Sean Cronin, Rob Kearney and Jared Payne completed the rout.

Ireland captain Paul O'Connell was sin-binned for an unwitting but ultimately cynical offside, both teams' totems slipping off the disciplinary tightrope though remarkably without a punch in sight.

Lynchpin Sexton hit top form as Ireland sauntered home, shrugging off a lacklustre set of warm-up matches which ended in consecutive defeats to Wales and England.

Ireland's victory, worth five points, was the perfect start to Pool D, with a straightforward clash against Romania next before the pivotal battles with Italy and France.

Cudmore's yellow card killed any chance of a Canada upset, the captain given his marching orders for handling in the ruck on his line.

O'Connell's yellow card was more instinctive as he seized an intercept from an offside position at the top of the second half. The act was cynical in truth however, and not the kind of play head coach Schmidt will want repeated.

Cudmore and O'Connell famously slugged it out in one of European rugby's biggest-ever punch-ups in 2008, when the Canadian was sent off at Munster in action for Clermont.

O'Connell was handed a yellow card for that incident, and Cudmore has since launched a wine business aptly named 'Sin-Bin'.

There was an inevitability about disciplinary wrangles for the two behemoths, but none of the customary niggle that has coloured their engaging contests of the past.

Once Cudmore was sent to the stands, Ireland seized full control.

O'Brien drove home from the lineout, Sexton converted and Canada knew they were in trouble.

Henderson powered home for Ireland's second try moments later, after another punishing scrum from Schmidt's men.

Sexton exchanged passes with O'Brien to race away for Ireland's third, Canada completely overwhelmed by Cudmore's sin-binning.

Dave Kearney sauntered in for Ireland's bonus-point fourth score with five minutes to spare in the half, Cudmore's reappearance doing little to boost Canada's chances.

DTH Van der Merwe thought he had scored for Canada at the death of the half, but Nathan Hirayama's tap-pass travelled forward and the try was chalked off.

Ireland handed themselves the worst possible opening to the second half, captain O'Connell sin-binned for cynically intercepting the ball from an offside position.

The Toulon-bound player's interjection may have been instinct, but it still proved costly.

Ireland were able to ride out Canada's initial wave of attacks, but the match fractured badly with the error count rising steadily.

Canada were unable to take advantage of O'Connell's sin-binning however, Ireland holding impressively firm.

Ian Madigan replaced Sexton ahead of the hour, a clear statement of satisfaction from taskmaster boss Schmidt. Bigger challenges await and Schmidt knows full well Ireland will struggle to function without Sexton's wit and acumen.

Cian Healy joined the fray on the hour, his first outing since neck surgery in May.

Jebb Sinclair celebrated wildly in dotting down over the line, only for his effort to be ruled out for a clear offside.

Cronin burrowed home for Ireland's fifth try with a quarter-hour left on the clock, Madigan posting the conversion too.

Van der Merwe claimed an intercept try to console the hard-working Canadians who fought throughout to play open and flowing rugby.

The Scarlets wing raced away after Payne booted the ball straight into his arms at point-blank range.

Canada threatened again, but Ireland forced a turnover and raced the length, Keith Earls outpacing John Moonlight before floating a fine scoring pass to Rob Kearney.

Earls broke again, this time through the centre, before sending Payne home for Ireland's seventh score.

Ireland launched one further attack, Healy knocking on in attempting to ground for the score.

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