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(...)

IRFU chief executive Philip Browne: “Of course that [TV deal] was a discussion point and a consideration, but at the end of the day we had to find a solution.” photograph: cathal noonan/inpho

IRFU chief executive Philip Browne has declared he and the IRFU are “absolutely happy” with the new European Rugby Champions Cup format and organis(...)

Republic of  Ireland women’s International soccer player Stephanie Roche, Dublin footballer Kevin McManamon, Minister of State for Tourism and Sport Michael Ring, Ireland women’s international rugby player Jenny Murphy, and Waterford hurler Pauric Mahony at the Aviva Stadium.

For the third year running the organisations which govern the three main team sports in this country – the FAI, GAA and IRFU – have had to acc(...)

John Treacy, Chief Executive, Irish Sports Council. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

The Irish Sports Council today announced an investment package of over €7.4 million to support the work of the major field sports’ governing b(...)

Money has won out, further strengthening the hand of the English and French clubs, who were prepared to crash and burn the European game, but will now have greater means to cherry pick the best players from elsewhere, until such time as their next hissy fit. Photograph:  Donall Farmer/Inpho

A working party, the make-up of which was agreed at last week’s meeting between all the stakeholders in a new European Cup, will hold a key mee(...)

This is the most significant and pivotal few months in the professional era, for the long-term future of the European game.

There is so much political jostling in the current climate of uncertainty within European rugby, with both a pan-European Cup and now the Pro12 being (...)

Jamie Heaslip has signed a new three-year deal with Leinster. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

The extended brinkmanship between players and the IRFU over contracts drew to a close yesterday when Irish number eight Jamie Heaslip signed a new thr(...)

Paul O’Connell in action for Munster in their Heineken Cup victory over Edinburgh at Thomond Park on Sunday. Photograph:  Billy Stickland/Inpho

Paul O’Connell became the latest Ireland international to agree a new deal with the IRFU after signing a two-year contract that will keep him at Munst(...)