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(...)

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 (...)

Paul O’Connell, here jumping highest in a lineout against the All Blacks last weekend,  hopes to be playing for Ireland until the 2015 World Cup. Photograph Billy Stickland/Inpho

With the November internationals now passed, the IRFU enter a potentially catastrophic period as eight frontline Ireland player contracts have yet to (...)

Ireland and Wales line up before the Six Nations game at the Aviva Stadium in 2012. Sales of premium level tickets for Ireland rugby games at the stadium have disappointed. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

The IRFU last night revealed a €26 million loss in projected earnings from the sale of five- and 10-year tickets. Less than half the 3,700 tickets tha(...)

Leinster head coach Joe Schmidt. Photograph:  Donall Farmer/Inpho

Leinster are hoping that the IRFU will expedite the process of finding a successor to Declan Kidney as coach to the national side if their pref(...)