Rugby World Cup 2015: Ireland 16-9 Italy

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Keith Earls of Ireland scores their first try during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool D match between Ireland and Italy at the Olympic StadiumGetty Images
Ireland's win over Italy secured their place in the World Cup quarter-finals

Ireland won their quarter-final place at the World Cup, but only after a strong challenge from Italy.

They've now qualified for the last 8 of the Rugby Union World Cup.

Ireland will face fellow quarter-finalists France in Sunday's Pool D decider at the Millennium Stadium.

Pool D table
Josh Furno of Italy is tackled by Peter O'Mahony of Ireland to deny a try during the 2015 Rugby World CupGetty Images
Peter O'Mahony tackles Josh Furno of Italy to deny him a try
Iain Henderson was named man of the match after an outstanding performance at lockPA
Iain Henderson was named man of the match after an outstanding performance at lock
Ireland winger Tommy Bowe is tackled during the World Cup Pool D game against ItalyAP
Ireland were made to battle for their victory against a resilient Italian team

Ireland boss Joe Schmidt said: "That game was exactly what we expected.

"We have been allowed to cruise through the first two games and it was a shock to the system to come against a tier one side who needed to win to stay in the tournament.

"France are another level up - we will have to raise our game again. We will work on that this week and hopefully come up with the goods."

Match facts
  • Ireland have now won 20 of their last 21 games against Italy
  • Keith Earls scored his eighth Rugby World Cup try, and now stands alone as Ireland's top try scorer in the tournament's history
  • Ireland won 10 out of 10 line-outs in this game and are the only team in the RWC yet to lose a line-out on their own throw (35/35)