New Zealand’s team celebrates with the Webb Ellis trophy after winning the Rugby World Cup Final against Australia at Twickenham. Photograph: Stefan Wermuth/Reuters

The 2015 Rugby World Cup won by New Zealand was hailed by organisers on Sunday as the biggest, best and most competitive yet. The All Blacks’ 34-17 fi(...)

France warm up for the game against Canada. “The World Cup is really something special in France.  It’s a competition that works well with the French for some reason.” Photo: Darren Staples/Reuters

And so it has come to pass pretty much exactly as expected. France were long ago cast as 18/1 outsiders, incapable of finishing in the top half of the(...)

Sophie, Spence, pictured here in action against Scotland at Cumbernauld during the 2015 Six Nations campaign, has been shortlisted for the World Rugby Women’s Player of the Year award. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ireland secondrow Sophie Spence has been shortlisted for the World Rugby Women’s Player of the Year 2015. The 28-year-old played a key role as Irelan(...)

Ireland will face competition from France, Italy and South Africa to hold the 2023 Rugby World Cup. Photograph: PA

France, Italy and South Africa will provide Ireland’s competition in the bid to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup. World Rugby have announced the four un(...)

 All Blacks lock Brodie Retallick  has been named world player of the year.  Photograph: Billy Stickland / Inpho

Brodie Retallick has been named IRB world player of the year. Jonathan Sexton had been one of five short-listed but the All Black lock becomes (...)

The Celtic Manor Resort, outside Newport, south Wales, will host Ireland during their 2015 Rugby World Cup campaign. Photograph: Giddens/PA Wire

The bases for all of the teams competing at next year’s 2015 Rugby World Cup in England and Wales have been completed.Joe Schmidt’s Irish side will m(...)

2014 Women's Rugby World Cup Pool B, FFR Headquarters, Marcoussis, Paris, France 5/8/2014Ireland vs New ZealandIreland's Niamh Briggs celebrates after the gameMandatory Credit ©INPHO/Dan Sheridan

Ireland’s Niamh Briggs is among four nominees for the IRB women’s rugbyworld player of the year.The full-back, who will be in action in the World Cup(...)

 New Zealand captain Richie McCaw holds aloft the Rugby World Cup trophy in 2011. Photograph: Andrew Cornaga/Inpho

TV3 has won the rights to broadcast live coverage of all 48 matches in the 2015 Rugby World Cup, it was confirmed this morning. The anno(...)

Pat Hickey (right), OCI President, with IRFU chief executive Philip Browne at the launch of a campaign on sports funding in 2009. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Pat Hickey has warned those involved with Ireland’s bid for the 2023 Rugby World Cup that they have much behind-the- scenes work to do if they (...)

International Rugby Board will not support any cross-border competition not approved by the respective Unions.

Confirmation, not that it was truly needed, that the latest proposal emanating from Premiership Rugby, a British and Irish Cup, is a non-runner came w(...)