Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tánaiste Joan Burton, at today’s launch. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

A cross-Border bid for Ireland to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup was formally launched by Taoiseach Enda Kenny, Northern Ireland’s First Minister Peter(...)

Ireland  international wing Tommy Bowe attending the Service of Thanksgiving for the life of John Wilson “Jack” Kyle, former Ireland and Lions rugby player in Fisherwick Presbyterian Church, Belfast. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Irish rugby legends have paid tribute to the one considered the greatest of them all as they joined friends and family of the late Jack Kyle at a spec(...)

Johnny  Sexton:  the Irish and Lions outhalf has been signed up as an ambassador for Topaz, the Denis O’Brien- owned Irish petroleum retail chain. Photograph: Nicolas Tucat/AFP/Getty Images

Philip Browne, the IRFU chief executive, has admitted that if the deal to bring Johnny Sexton back to Leinster on a four-year international contract w(...)

Irish outhalf Jonathan Sexton in action for Racing Metro 92. It is also believed Toulon and Racing Metro 92 were offering in the region of €900,000 to keep Sexton in France. Photograph: Getty Images

Jonathan Sexton’s commercial agreement with Denis O’Brien, which played a significant role in bringing the Ireland outhalf back to Leinster next seas(...)

Former Ulster coach Mark Anscombe in Ravenhill last season. But who will replace interim coach Les Kiss when he returns to the national squad? Photograph:  Brian Little/Presseye/Inpho

IRFU chief executive Philip Browne says there is not a problem in Ulster rugby. With interim coach Les Kiss soon to leave to rejoin Joe Schmidt in the(...)

Leinster chief executive Mick Dawson: confirmed offer of contract to Johnny Sexton and expects decision within next week or fortnight. Photograph: Inpho.

There’s a rapidly dwindling appetite for further conjecture on where Jonathan Sexton will be playing his rugby next season. Leinster, in conjunction (...)

Jonny Sexton (left) and Kevin McLoughlin celebrate after beating Ulster in the Heineken Cup Final. Sexton is currently deciding on an offer from Leinster to return to Dublin from Racing Metro. Photograph: : Dara Mac Donaill / THE IRISH TIMES

Leinster’s Chief Executive Mick Dawson today reiterated that they were awaiting a response from Jonathan Sexton to an offer to return to the province (...)

The newly-elected IRFU president Louis Magee (right) and chief executive Philip Browne at the union’s annual council meeting at the  Aviva Stadium, Dublin. Photograph: Inpho

JOHNNY WATTERSON The IRFU reaffirmed that one the biggest threats to financing the game in Ireland is competition from teams in France with greater fi(...)

Willie Ruane (left), the new Connacht CEO, in his playing days with the province. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

The IRFU have nnounced Willie Ruane as the new CEO for Connacht Rugb. Ruane will take up the post this summer.The Mayo native played rugby for Connach(...)

David Nucifora: is unveiled as the IRFU’s new Performance Director at the Aviva Stadium yesterday. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

As first impressions go it was indeed impressive. During the course of his unveiling in a 36-minute press briefing at the Aviva Stadium yester(...)