Ben Johnson: faced disaster when his career ended in disgrace. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

With the Irish Rugby Union Player’s Association Annual Awards (Irupa) in the DoubleTree Hilton Hotel Dublin next Wednesday I’m reminded of Crossing t(...)

Keith Earls:  made his debut for Munster nine seasons ago and has scored 36 tries for his native province in 121 games. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Although publicly Munster are putting a brave face on speculation linking Keith Earls with a prospective move to Saracens at the end of the season an(...)

IRFU high performance unit general manager David Nucifora at a press briefing last night. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

David Nucifora, the general manager of the IRFU’s High Performance Unit to give him his fittingly grand title, last night indicated that the union’s s(...)

Help for Heroes Ireland jersey: “It doesn’t carry any IRFU logo and there’s nothing we can do about it. Anybody is free to make up a green jersey with a shamrock logo on it,” said the IRFU.

An Irish rugby jersey endorsing the UK charity Help for Heroes (H4H), which supports wounded armed forces servicemen and women in the UK, is neither (...)

Ian Madigan, who is out of contract with Leinster this summer, is waiting to hear from the IRFU’s high performance director David Nucifora, with an offer from Bristol worth €500,000 a season already on the table. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

The IRFU want Ian Madigan to join Munster next season. That’s presuming they keep the 26-year-old in Ireland by coming close to matching lucrative off(...)

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt watches his team from the sideline. Photograph: Michael Steele/Getty Images

Transparency. Optics. Now there is a set of vocabulary that can make sports federation people howl. Ensuring the dynasty has no alternative ag(...)

Ian McKinley in action for Zebre against Scarlets:  “The IRFU will allow me to play if I do not wear the goggles, but they will not permit me to play if I wear this essential piece of protective gear.” Photo: Francesca Soli/Inpho

Ian McKinley, the 26-year-old product of St Columba’s and the Leinster academy who has made a remarkable recovery to professional rugby after losing h(...)

New IRFU president Martin O’Sullivan. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho.

Billy Glynn, IRFU president for the 2012/’13 season, gave a scathing speech at last night’s agm when claiming a “flawed and mismanaged” process has br(...)

IRFU Chief Executive Philip Browne has confirmed a new sponsor will take over from Three in May 2016. Photograph: Inpho

The IRFU have confirmed a new sponsorship deal is in place to replace Three in May 2016. It was been previously reported that Vodafone and Irish rugby(...)

Páraic Duffy has been named on the 2023 Ireland Rugby World Cup bid board. Photograph: Inpho

The IRFU, along with the Irish Government and the Northern Ireland executive, have announced a number of appointments to Ireland’s 2023 Rugby World Cu(...)