USA ssistant coach Chris O’Brien:  “It’s the fastest growing sport in the country right now and you are seeing kids starting at six and eight years old.” Photograph: Lionel Bonaventure/AFP/Getty

As a sense of inevitability descends over the team colours of the final eight nations in the Rugby World Cup, there is room to believe that it may not(...)

Fiji’s winger Nemani Nadolo reacts after losing theopening match of the Rugby World Cup to England. Photograph: Gabriel Bouys/AFP/Getty Images

Three-day breaks between games are far from ideal in rugby union. No time to rest, no time to heal. For that matter, no time for a concussed player(...)

George North is nearing a Test return after being plagued by a string of head injuries. Photograph: Getty

Rugby World Cup bosses are “unlikely” to disqualify teams for breaching concussion protocols but could impose fines should competitors flout head-inju(...)

Irelands Jared Payne runs in a try during the Six Nations match against Scotland. Photo: Ian MacNicol/Getty Images

Less than five months before the World Cup kicks off in England and Wales, some of rugby’s finest talents are still deciding which country to repre(...)

World Rugby chief executive Brett Gosper:  “You can’t say at this point who is favourite or not favourite.” Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho.

Ireland will face fierce competition from other countries to host the Rugby World Cup in 2023. The IRFU, with the backing of politicians north and (...)

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(...)