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Summary

  1. Pool D FT: Ireland 50-7 Canada
  2. O'Brien, Henderson, Sexton, D Kearney, Cronin, R Kearney, Payne tries
  3. Van der Merwe scores Canada's try
  4. France v Italy also in Pool D at 20:00 BST
  5. Choose radio commentary in 'Live Coverage'

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By Brendon Mitchell

All times stated are UK

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Ireland begin with a win

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That concludes our coverage of Ireland's victory over Canada - but, fear not, we're still only halfway through the day's Rugby World Cup action!

Our live text commentary of South Africa v Japan is already under way, and you can follow it by clicking here.

Ireland 50-7 Canada

The territory and possession stats weren't nearly as dominant for Ireland in the second half - perhaps as a result of the stream of replacements who entered the field?

Ireland's schedule steadily builds up to the crunch with France though, and Joe Schmidt will be pleased to have given so many players a taste of the World Cup.

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'Great display'

Ireland 50-7 Canada

One Direction's Niall Horan writes on Twitter.

Cmon Ireland ! Great display...@IrishRugby

Ireland 50-7 Canada

So Ireland, for now, head to the top of Pool D. All eyes will be on France v Italy at Twickenham later in what could prove to be a crucial tie in terms of who finishes where in the group.

As I mentioned earlier, the pool runner-up is likely to face New Zealand in the quarter-finals. Best avoided, I'm sure you'd agree.

Canada played some great rugby in early parts of game but once we had settled down we handled the ball well and played some good rugby. "We want to cut down on errors and not turn over the ball.We had a period after half-time when it was a bit shaky but we got back into our rhythm again.

Ireland captain Paul O'Connell, on Radio 5 live extra

'A great win'

Ireland 50-7 Canada

Former Ireland hooker Bernard Jackman is a happy man...

Great win for Ireland. Match was played at a high tempo which will stand to us down the road too. Looking forward to seeing #FRAvITA later

Ireland 50-7 Canada

Denis Hickie

Former Ireland winger on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

"There is lots of room for improvement, the last play sums up Ireland for me, New Zealand would score a try there but Ireland don't quite get it right. The precision was not quite there and has not been there this season. 

"The question in the bigger games will be can Ireland score when they only get a few opportunities in a match.

"There are plenty of positives but it is about cutting out errors, they are not 100% yet, they need to get there but happy to get through game without injuries and win the bonus point."

Full-time

Ireland 50-7 Canada

So that will be that. Ireland kick-off their 2015 Rugby World Cup campaign with an emphatic bonus-point victory over Canada.

The perfect start for Joe Schmidt's side.

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No try - Henderson

Ireland 50-7 Canada

And the TMO decides that the ball was knocked-on in the passage of play prior to Iain Henderson touching down. No try.

Try - Henderson

Ireland 55-7 Canada

As Ireland ruthlessly pour forward for one last time, Iain Henderson bundles his way over from close range.

Referee Glen Jackson initially awards the try, but we're now heading upstairs to the television match official instead...

David Humphreys

Former Ireland fly-half on BBC Radio Ulster

"There has been a lot of speculation about what Jared Payne's best position is.

"Nobody could have replaced Brian O'Driscoll, but Jared has shown he has all the attributes to be a top-class 13."

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Man of the Match - Sexton

Ireland 50-7 Canada

As we march towards the final 60 seconds, Ireland fly-half Johnny Sexton is announced as man of the match.

'Big disparity between the sides'

Denis Hickie

Former Ireland winger on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

"Canada look ragged now, they have given what they can, They will take heart from large parts of the game, They were magnificent for the first 25 minutes of the second half. But their fitness is behind the top tier teams, because they will not be playing this intense level of rugby week in week out.

"You always get these type of results and upsets are becoming increasingly impossible in rugby with the disparity between professional and non professionals."

Ireland 50-7 Canada

Canada definitely aren't going to leave the Millennium Stadium thinking 'What if?'

Once more they try to run the ball from inside their own half, with no hint of damage limitation, and even win a penalty. To touch they go.

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Try - Payne, con Madigan

Ireland 50-7 Canada

And tees up centre Jared Payne for another straightforward finish.

Ian Madigan, who has been impressive since replacing Johnny Sexton at fly-half, adds the extras and brings up Ireland's half-century.

Ireland 43-7 Canada

A little harsh on Canada after a spirited second-half display? Perhaps.

Ireland come forward through Ian Madigan, who breaks the first tackle...

Denis Hickie

Former Ireland winger on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

"Good way for Ireland to finish great breakaway try and inch perfect inside pass from Keith Earl to Rob Kearney."

Try - Rob Kearney, con Madigan

Ireland 43-7 Canada

And in the blink of an eye Ireland cross at the other end. Keith Earls did the hard yards down the left, before switching it inside to the supporting Rob Kearney, who crosses from close range.

That's the 29-year-old's first try in 11 Tests for Ireland - and it's converted easily by Ian Madigan.

Ireland 36-7 Canada

The Canadians seem to buoyed by that DTH van der Merwe score and have the ball inside Ireland's 22.

It's excellently stolen by Sean Cronin though, and Ireland are breaking at speed...

Terrific stuff from DTH

Ireland 36-7 Canada

When your side is being thumped, these stats from Canada winger DTH Van Der Merwe are pretty impressive: one try; 137 metres made; four defenders beaten; three clean breaks; two turnovers won; and six tackles.

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Denis Hickie

Former Ireland winger on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

"Van der Merve has really hassled the Irish defence today. It is no less than what Canada deserve from this game. I have been impressed by large parts of their game, they lack structure but their commitment has been excellent."

David Humphreys

Former Ireland fly-half on BBC Radio Ulster

"You have to give Canada credit for the way they have approached the second half. They still have energy and are working hard."

Try - Van der Merwe, con Hirayama

Ireland 36-7 Canada

There's no doubting that  DTH van der Merwe has been Canada's best player here this afternoon - and it's hard to begrudge him a superbly taken try, grabbing a Jared Payne kick and then racing over in the corner from around 30 metres.

Nathan Hirayama converts, meaning Sean Cronin's try is immediately cancelled out.

Denis Hickie

Former Ireland winger on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

"Cruel and clinical counter punch from Ireland, defend from their line and get up and score. I get the sense it could be the end of Canada, this is beyond them."

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Trend-setter?

Ireland 36-0 Canada

Away from rugby matters... these are definitely our favourite trousers of the day #CAN #RWC2015 #stronglook 🍁

Away from rugby matters... these are definitely our favourite trousers of the day #CAN #RWC2015 #stronglook 🍁

Try - Cronin, con Madigan

Ireland 36-0 Canada

And it leads to Ireland's fifth try! After the initial shove, replacement Sean Cronin is at the heart of a second Irish wave and forces his way over underneath the posts.

Ian Madigan's conversion is good, and Ireland are 36-0 ahead.

Sean Cronin scores Ireland's fifth try under the posts
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Sean Cronin scores Ireland's fifth try under the posts

Ireland 29-0 Canada

Ian Madigan heads for touch then, and Ireland's rolling maul following the line-out is looking absolutely mighty here...

Ireland 29-0 Canada

But it all amounts to nothing for the Canadians as Djustice Sears-Duru infringes on the floor.

It's certainly worth pointing out that Ireland have failed to trouble the scorers in the 25 minutes we've seen since the break, which is of full credit to Canada, ranked a lowly 18th in the world.

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Ireland 29-0 Canada

For a very brief moment Canada, on the attack now, think they may have scored as Jebb Sinclair crosses in the corner after Nathan Hirayama's little grubber - but he was miles in front of the fly-half so it won't count.

They were playing with an advantage, at least, so we'll come back for a Canada penalty anyway.

Chris Henry, meanwhile, replaces try-scorer Sean O'Brien in Ireland's back row.

Ireland 29-0 Canada

You can't knock Canada's ambition, attempting to throw a quick line-out deep inside their own half and with green shirts everywhere. They win a penalty in the aftermath too, which is sent spiralling out of play on halfway.

Three more Irish substitutions to tell you about too, as Sean Cronin, Cian Healy and Nathan White are introduced.

A notable return for Healy, who hasn't played since Leinster’s Champions Cup semi-final defeat by Toulon in April because of injury.

Ireland 29-0 Canada

It's almost the perfect introduction for Ian Madigan too, but his attempted cross-field kick drifts just beyond Keith Earls and out of play. Unlucky.

Denis Hickie

Former Ireland winger on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

"That was a try in the making, Canada were scrambling. Keith Earls took his eye of the ball at the last second. Canada breathe a sigh of relief and they are breathing heavily.

"Good substitution by Ireland. Johnny Sexton has been at the heart of everything, he has orchestrated the play and kicked well. Ian Madigan has a lot to prove and needs game time at 10."

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Ireland 29-0 Canada

Ireland are up to the five-metre line again, trying to smash a way through that Canadian door. But Keith Earls wastes a terrific opportunity to spread the play wide, knocking on under no pressure whatsoever.

All the while, Ian Madigan replaced Johnny Sexton at fly-half. Sexton leaves the field to a rapturous reception.

Canada cannot capitalise

Ireland 29-0 Canada

Canada couldn't make Paul O'Connell's absence count on the scoreboard but it did at least help to even things up in terms of possession and territory for the first 10 minutes of the half.

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A target for Sexton

Ireland 29-0 Canada

Johnny Sexton's kicking from hand has been superb so far in this match, as he sends another beauty into the corner.

Ireland steal the line-out too but, with Paul O'Connell back on the field again, they are unable to find a way over in the corner through hooker Rory Best.

14 - Johnny Sexton has 14pts so far in this game, his record in a single game for #IRE is 19 (v Argentina, 2012). Target.

Denis Hickie

Former Ireland winger on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

"What Ireland were trying to do is wear Canada down but with Paul O'Connell coming back you on might see a change in tactics from Ireland."

Ireland 29-0 Canada

Former Saracens wing DTH van der Merwe has certainly caught the eye for Canada this afternoon, this time beating the tackle of Conor Murray to make some metres over halfway.

But he runs out of room on the far side of the field, handing Ireland a line-out and an opportunity to build something of their own.

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Set piece perfection

Ireland 29-0 Canada

Ireland's cruise in this opening game is built on doing the basics well, with all five scrums and all five line-outs won. It doesn't look flashy but you know coach Joe Schmidt is delighted with this set-piece solidity.

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