Just 14,000 fans turned up to see The Rugby Championship match between Australian and Argentina on the Gold Coast in Australia last weekend. Photograph: Matt Roberts/Getty Images

The tectonic plates of world rugby union are shifting. A crowd of barely 14,000 watched Australia’s home test match at the weekend. Back in Europe a b(...)

Leinster Rugby Training & Press Briefing, Rosemount, UCD 17/12/2012Brian O'DriscollMandatory Credit ©INPHO/Lorraine O'Sullivan

Former Ireland and Leinster captain Brian O’Driscoll was named the fifth most influential person in world rugby. In a list compiled by Rugby World mag(...)

A general view of the Aviva Stadium during the Ireland v New Zealand international last November. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

The IRFU has reported a €7.3 million surplus for the 2013-14 season. The excess is due to improved sales for the November Series ticket sales and an (...)

IRB chief executive Brett Gosper believes the agreement over a new European club rugby tournament  averted a crisis that could have seriously damaged professional rugby’s world image. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The European peace deal averted a crisis that could have seriously damaged professional rugby’s world image, according to International Rugby B(...)

TV3 has confirmed  it won the rights to Rugby World Cup 2015. Photograph: Pat Murphy / SPORTSFILE

TV3’s group director of broadcasting and the executive producer of its rugby 2015 World Cup coverage Niall Cogley said yesterday that not only(...)

IRB chief executive Brett Gosper: “We don’t think it’s in the interests of the game a competition such as that”. Photograph: Tom Dulat/Getty Images

In one of the more significant statements so far in the ongoing saga about the future of European rugby, the game’s governing body, the International (...)

Heineken Cup Final 18/5/2013ASM Clermont Auvergne vs ToulonGeneral view of the Heineken CupMandatory Credit ©INPHO/Dan Sheridan

The International Rugby Board said today that if push came to shove, it would green light a new Anglo-French competition providing the tournament was (...)