Tom Daly: Leinster academy player was sent by club to participate in Ireland’s Sevens programme but he said if given a choice, ‘I would have went for it’. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Qualification for the Olympic Games in Rio next year, while possible, remains a highly unlikely long shot. Regardless, a combination of former profes(...)

Jonny Sexton has been offered a four-year contract extension by Racing Metro 92. Photograph: Inpho

The next move in the Jonathan Sexton saga is for the IRFU to make. That became apparent yesterday when Racing Métro 92 coach Laurent Labit reiterated (...)

Racing Metro have offered Ireland outhalf Jonathan Sexton  a new four-year deal that would keep him in Paris until June 2019. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Jonathan Sexton has been offered a new four-year contract by Racing Metro that would keep the 29-year-old in Paris until June 2019.“He has in his han(...)

 Tom Grace is the new Chairman of the Lions Board. Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The British & Irish Lions today announced the appointment of Tom Grace as the new chairman of the Lions Board. He succeeds Gerald Davies who had o(...)

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(...)