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Ireland's upset splits Rugby World Cup

 Ireland's Conor Murray celebrates after scoring a try that was disallowed during their Rugby World Cup game against Australia at Eden Park in Aucklan...
 Ireland's Conor Murray dives across for a try that was disallowed during their Rugby World Cup game against Australia at Eden Park in Auckland, New Z...

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Ireland's Conor Murray celebrates after scoring a try that was disallowed during their Rugby World Cup game against Australia at Eden Park in Aucklan...

New Zealand WCUP Rugby World Cup Australia Ireland

Ireland's Conor Murray dives across for a try that was disallowed during their Rugby World Cup game against Australia at Eden Park in Auckland, New Z...

Midway through its pool stages the Rugby World Cup has begun to split along geographical lines, a single upset setting Europe and the southern hemisphere on opposite sides of the draw for the tournament's knockout rounds.
Ireland's win over Australia on Saturday has at least temporarily confounded forecasts that the No. 2-ranked Wallabies will finish at the top of their pool and has revised expected matchups from the quartefinals on.
With all teams but Russia and Italy having played two of four group matches, New Zealand, England, Ireland and South Africa head their pools and only further upsets will prevent the knockout rounds being a contest between north and south.