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In pictures: Ireland fans flock to Kobe to see their side beat Russia at Rugby World Cup

KOBE, JAPAN - OCTOBER 03: Ireland fans enjoy the pre match atmosphere prior to the Rugby World Cup 2019 Group A game between Ireland and Russia at Kobe Misaki Stadium on October 03, 2019 in Kobe, Hyogo, Japan. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
KOBE, JAPAN - OCTOBER 03: Ireland fans enjoy the pre match atmosphere prior to the Rugby World Cup 2019 Group A game between Ireland and Russia at Kobe Misaki Stadium on October 03, 2019 in Kobe, Hyogo, Japan. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
KOBE, JAPAN - OCTOBER 03: A Ireland fan takes a photo inside the stadium prior to the Rugby World Cup 2019 Group A game between Ireland and Russia at Kobe Misaki Stadium on October 03, 2019 in Kobe, Hyogo, Japan. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
Ireland supporters cheer prior to the Japan 2019 Rugby World Cup Pool A match between Ireland and Russia at the Kobe Misaki Stadium in Kobe on October 3, 2019. (Photo by Filippo MONTEFORTE / AFP) (Photo by FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP via Getty Images)
An Ireland supporter poses prior to the Japan 2019 Rugby World Cup Pool A match between Ireland and Russia at the Kobe Misaki Stadium in Kobe on October 3, 2019. (Photo by Filippo MONTEFORTE / AFP) (Photo by FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP via Getty Images)
A Russia and an Ireland supporter pose prior to the Japan 2019 Rugby World Cup Pool A match between Ireland and Russia at the Kobe Misaki Stadium in Kobe on October 3, 2019. (Photo by Filippo MONTEFORTE / AFP) (Photo by FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP via Getty Images)
Ireland supporters cheer prior to the Japan 2019 Rugby World Cup Pool A match between Ireland and Russia at the Kobe Misaki Stadium in Kobe on October 3, 2019. (Photo by Filippo MONTEFORTE / AFP) (Photo by FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP via Getty Images)
An Ireland supporters cheers prior to the Japan 2019 Rugby World Cup Pool A match between Ireland and Russia at the Kobe Misaki Stadium in Kobe on October 3, 2019. (Photo by Filippo MONTEFORTE / AFP) (Photo by FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP via Getty Images)
Rugby fans pose prior to the Japan 2019 Rugby World Cup Pool A match between Ireland and Russia at the Kobe Misaki Stadium in Kobe on October 3, 2019. (Photo by Filippo MONTEFORTE / AFP) (Photo by FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP via Getty Images)
An Ireland supporters cheers prior to the Japan 2019 Rugby World Cup Pool A match between Ireland and Russia at the Kobe Misaki Stadium in Kobe on October 3, 2019. (Photo by Filippo MONTEFORTE / AFP) (Photo by FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP via Getty Images)
KOBE, JAPAN - OCTOBER 03: An Ireland fan celebrates during the Rugby World Cup 2019 Group A game between Ireland and Russia at Kobe Misaki Stadium on October 03, 2019 in Kobe, Hyogo, Japan. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
KOBE, JAPAN - OCTOBER 03: Fans enjoy the pre match atmosphere prior to the Rugby World Cup 2019 Group A game between Ireland and Russia at Kobe Misaki Stadium on October 03, 2019 in Kobe, Hyogo, Japan. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
Ireland supporters pose prior to the Japan 2019 Rugby World Cup Pool A match between Ireland and Russia at the Kobe Misaki Stadium in Kobe on October 3, 2019. (Photo by Filippo MONTEFORTE / AFP) (Photo by FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP via Getty Images)
Ireland supporters pose prior to the Japan 2019 Rugby World Cup Pool A match between Ireland and Russia at the Kobe Misaki Stadium in Kobe on October 3, 2019. (Photo by Filippo MONTEFORTE / AFP) (Photo by FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP via Getty Images)
Rugby fans pose prior to the Japan 2019 Rugby World Cup Pool A match between Ireland and Russia at the Kobe Misaki Stadium in Kobe on October 3, 2019. (Photo by Filippo MONTEFORTE / AFP) (Photo by FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP via Getty Images)
Ireland supporters pose prior to the Japan 2019 Rugby World Cup Pool A match between Ireland and Russia at the Kobe Misaki Stadium in Kobe on October 3, 2019. (Photo by Filippo MONTEFORTE / AFP) (Photo by FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP via Getty Images)
Ireland supporters pose prior to the Japan 2019 Rugby World Cup Pool A match between Ireland and Russia at the Kobe Misaki Stadium in Kobe on October 3, 2019. (Photo by Filippo MONTEFORTE / AFP) (Photo by FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP via Getty Images)
An Irish (L) and Japanese (R) rugby fan have a friendly tussle for the ball arriving for the Japan 2019 Rugby World Cup Pool A match between Japan and Ireland at the Shizuoka Stadium Ecopa in Shizuoka on September 28, 2019. (Photo by William WEST / AFP)WILLIAM WEST/AFP/Getty Images
Fans during the 2019 Rugby World Cup match at the Shizoka Stadium Ecopa, Shizouka Prefecture, Japan. PA Photo. Picture date: Saturday September 28, 2019. See PA story RUGBYU Ireland. Photo credit should read: Adam Davy/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. Strictly no commercial use or association. Still image use only. Use implies acceptance of RWC 2019 T&Cs (in particular Section 5 of RWC 2019 T&Cs) at URL: bit.ly/2knOId6
Irish fans could have a nervous wait on Sunday if their team don't pick up maximum points against Samoa.
FUKUROI, JAPAN - SEPTEMBER 28: Japanese fans are seen prior to the Rugby World Cup 2019 Group A game between Japan and Ireland at Shizuoka Stadium Ecopa on September 28, 2019 in Fukuroi, Shizuoka, Japan. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
FUKUROI, JAPAN - SEPTEMBER 28: A Japanese supporters is seen prior to the Rugby World Cup 2019 Group A game between Japan and Ireland at Shizuoka Stadium Ecopa on September 28, 2019 in Fukuroi, Shizuoka, Japan. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
FUKUROI, JAPAN - SEPTEMBER 28: Ireland supporters enjoy the atmosphere prior to the Rugby World Cup 2019 Group A game between Japan and Ireland at Shizuoka Stadium Ecopa on September 28, 2019 in Fukuroi, Shizuoka, Japan. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
FUKUROI, JAPAN - SEPTEMBER 28: Ireland supporters enjoy the atmosphere prior to the Rugby World Cup 2019 Group A game between Japan and Ireland at Shizuoka Stadium Ecopa on September 28, 2019 in Fukuroi, Shizuoka, Japan. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
YOKOHAMA, JAPAN - SEPTEMBER 22: Irish fans show their su during the Rugby World Cup 2019 Group A game between Ireland and Scotland at International Stadium Yokohama on September 22, 2019 in Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan. (Photo by Hannah Peters/Getty Images)
Ireland fans ahead of the 2019 Rugby World Cup Pool A match at the International Stadium Yokohama, Yokohama City. PA Photo. Picture date: Sunday September 22, 2019. See PA story RUGBYU Ireland. Photo credit should read: Adam Davy/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. Strictly no commercial use or association. Still image use only. Use implies acceptance of RWC 2019 T&Cs (in particular Section 5 of RWC 2019 T&Cs) at: https://bit.ly/2knOId6
Fans gathering for the 2019 Rugby World Cup Pool A match between Ireland and Scotland at the International Stadium Yokohama, Yokohama City. PA Photo. Picture date: Sunday September 22, 2019. See PA story RUGBYU Ireland. Photo credit should read: Ashley Western/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. Strictly no commercial use or association. Still image use only. Use implies acceptance of RWC 2019 T&Cs (in particular Section 5 of RWC 2019 T&Cs) at: https://bit.ly/2knOId6
Fans gathering for the 2019 Rugby World Cup Pool A match between Ireland and Scotland at the International Stadium Yokohama, Yokohama City. PA Photo. Picture date: Sunday September 22, 2019. See PA story RUGBYU Ireland. Photo credit should read: Ashley Western/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. Strictly no commercial use or association. Still image use only. Use implies acceptance of RWC 2019 T&Cs (in particular Section 5 of RWC 2019 T&Cs) at: https://bit.ly/2knOId6
Fans gathering for the 2019 Rugby World Cup Pool A match between Ireland and Scotland at the International Stadium Yokohama, Yokohama City. PA Photo. Picture date: Sunday September 22, 2019. See PA story RUGBYU Ireland. Photo credit should read: Ashley Western/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. Strictly no commercial use or association. Still image use only. Use implies acceptance of RWC 2019 T&Cs (in particular Section 5 of RWC 2019 T&Cs) at: https://bit.ly/2knOId6
Ireland fans in the stands during the 2019 Rugby World Cup Pool A match at the International Stadium Yokohama, Yokohama City. PA Photo. Picture date: Sunday September 22, 2019. See PA story RUGBYU Ireland. Photo credit should read: Adam Davy/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. Strictly no commercial use or association. Still image use only. Use implies acceptance of RWC 2019 T&Cs (in particular Section 5 of RWC 2019 T&Cs) at: https://bit.ly/2knOId6
Fans gathering for the 2019 Rugby World Cup Pool A match between Ireland and Scotland at the International Stadium Yokohama, Yokohama City. PA Photo. Picture date: Sunday September 22, 2019. See PA story RUGBYU Ireland. Photo credit should read: Ashley Western/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. Strictly no commercial use or association. Still image use only. Use implies acceptance of RWC 2019 T&Cs (in particular Section 5 of RWC 2019 T&Cs) at: https://bit.ly/2knOId6
Ireland fans ahead of the 2019 Rugby World Cup Pool A match at the International Stadium Yokohama, Yokohama City. PA Photo. Picture date: Sunday September 22, 2019. See PA story RUGBYU Ireland. Photo credit should read: Adam Davy/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. Strictly no commercial use or association. Still image use only. Use implies acceptance of RWC 2019 T&Cs (in particular Section 5 of RWC 2019 T&Cs) at: https://bit.ly/2knOId6
Ireland fans ahead of the 2019 Rugby World Cup Pool A match at the International Stadium Yokohama, Yokohama City. PA Photo. Picture date: Sunday September 22, 2019. See PA story RUGBYU Ireland. Photo credit should read: Adam Davy/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. Strictly no commercial use or association. Still image use only. Use implies acceptance of RWC 2019 T&Cs (in particular Section 5 of RWC 2019 T&Cs) at: https://bit.ly/2knOId6
YOKOHAMA, JAPAN - SEPTEMBER 22: Irish fans enjoy the pre match atmosphere prior to the Rugby World Cup 2019 Group A game between Ireland and Scotland at International Stadium Yokohama on September 22, 2019 in Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan. (Photo by Hannah Peters/Getty Images)
YOKOHAMA, JAPAN - SEPTEMBER 22: Two Ireland fans enjoy the pre match atmosphere prior to the Rugby World Cup 2019 Group A game between Ireland and Scotland at International Stadium Yokohama on September 22, 2019 in Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan. (Photo by Hannah Peters/Getty Images)
YOKOHAMA, JAPAN - SEPTEMBER 22: Irish fans show their su during the Rugby World Cup 2019 Group A game between Ireland and Scotland at International Stadium Yokohama on September 22, 2019 in Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan. (Photo by Hannah Peters/Getty Images)
YOKOHAMA, JAPAN - SEPTEMBER 22: Irish fans show their su during the Rugby World Cup 2019 Group A game between Ireland and Scotland at International Stadium Yokohama on September 22, 2019 in Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan. (Photo by Hannah Peters/Getty Images)
YOKOHAMA, JAPAN - SEPTEMBER 22: Irish fans show their support during the Rugby World Cup 2019 Group A game between Ireland and Scotland at International Stadium Yokohama on September 22, 2019 in Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan. (Photo by Hannah Peters/Getty Images)
2019 Rugby World Cup Pool A, International Stadium, Yokohama, Japan 22/9/2019 Ireland vs Scotland Shea Summers, Declan Summers and Eoin Holland from Carlow ahead of the game Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Dan Sheridan
2019 Rugby World Cup Pool A, International Stadium, Yokohama, Japan 22/9/2019 Ireland vs Scotland An Ireland fan ahead of the game Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Craig Mercer
2019 Rugby World Cup Pool A, International Stadium, Yokohama, Japan 22/9/2019 Ireland vs Scotland Ireland fans ahead of the game Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Craig Mercer
2019 Rugby World Cup Pool A, International Stadium, Yokohama, Japan 22/9/2019 Ireland vs Scotland Fans ahead of the game Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Craig Mercer
2019 Rugby World Cup Pool A, International Stadium, Yokohama, Japan 22/9/2019 Ireland vs Scotland Ireland fans ahead of the game Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Craig Mercer
2019 Rugby World Cup Pool A, International Stadium, Yokohama, Japan 22/9/2019 Ireland vs Scotland Ireland fans ahead of the game Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Craig Mercer
2019 Rugby World Cup Pool A, International Stadium, Yokohama, Japan 22/9/2019 Ireland vs Scotland An Ireland and England fan ahead of the game Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Craig Mercer
2019 Rugby World Cup Pool A, International Stadium, Yokohama, Japan 22/9/2019 Ireland vs Scotland Ireland fans ahead of the game Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Craig Mercer
2019 Rugby World Cup Pool A, International Stadium, Yokohama, Japan 22/9/2019 Ireland vs Scotland Ireland fans Chris Claffey and Ryan Wright from Westmeath ahead of the game Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Dan Sheridan
CHOFU, JAPAN - SEPTEMBER 20: Fans begin to take their seats ahead of the Rugby World Cup 2019 Group A game between Japan and Russia at the Tokyo Stadium on September 20, 2019 in Chofu, Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
CHOFU, JAPAN - SEPTEMBER 20: Fans pose for a photo ahead of the Rugby World Cup 2019 Group A game between Japan and Russia at the Tokyo Stadium on September 20, 2019 in Chofu, Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
A Japan fan cheers on her team before the Japan 2019 Rugby World Cup Pool A match between Japan and Russia at the Tokyo Stadium in Tokyo on September 20, 2019. (Photo by Odd ANDERSEN / AFP)ODD ANDERSEN/AFP/Getty Images
A young Japan fan cheers on the team before the Japan 2019 Rugby World Cup Pool A match between Japan and Russia at the Tokyo Stadium in Tokyo on September 20, 2019. (Photo by CHARLY TRIBALLEAU / AFP)CHARLY TRIBALLEAU/AFP/Getty Images

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