Johnny Sexton was one of three Ireland players to suffer head injuries during the Autumn Internatonal against Australia. Photograph: Colm O’Neill/INPHO

An Oireachtas report has linked increasing size of players, especially in rugby, with a higher risk of concussion. The report from the Joint Committe(...)

Croke Park: under the deal reached last month, the 82,000-capacity stadium would be used for at least both semi-finals and the final of the 2023 Rugby World Cup if the bid was successful. Photograph: Inpho/Cahill Noonan.

The GAA has struck a funding deal to upgrade as many as six of its stadiums to be included in Ireland’s 2023 Rugby World Cup bid. The outline agreeme(...)

  RFU Chairman Bill Beaumont says the RWC is the third biggest global event and will be even bigger by 2023. Photograph:  David Rogers/Getty Images

Former Lions and England captain Bill Beaumont said that getting full government support and building strong partnerships with the GAA and other spo(...)

Samoa’s game   against England is set to go ahead after the visitors were threatened with World Cup expulsion if they boycotted the fixture

Samoa’s senior players only agreed to call off boycotting Saturday’s England match after claiming to be threatened with expulsion from next year’s Wor(...)

Debbie Jevans (R) and head of the Rugby World Cup Limited, Alan Gilpin (L) pose beside the Webb Ellis Cup, the winner’s trophy for the upcoming England 2015 Rugby World Cup. Photograph: Toshifumi Kitamura/Getty Images

Competing players at next summer’s rugby World Cup in England may be banned from using their mobile phones as concern grows over claims of match-fi(...)

An advertisement for 50, Jurgen Klinsmann during the USA’s training session in the Aviva. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho
The Morning Sports Briefing

As Ireland look to redeem themselves or as manager Martin O’Neill puts it; “get back to winning ways” against the USA in tonight’s international frien(...)

Former All Black captain Sean Fitzpatrick (above), ex-Argentina skipper Agustin Pichot and former France back Thomas Castaignede all gave their views. Photograph: EMPICS Sport

Rugby’s perpetual conflict about how best to spread the game at elite level was encapsulated on Monday when a panel of three leading former players vo(...)

 Wayne Barnes: made a profoundly flawed decision late in the South Africa v New Zealand clash at Ellis Park which saw South Africa end the All Blacks’ unbeaten run. Photo:  David Rogers/Getty Images

The last time South Africa played a match, four weeks ago, they ended a five-match losing run against New Zealand and in the process ended the All Bla(...)

Pembroke House: let to IRB for €484 a square metre.

The International Rugby Board (IRB) is to move to a new headquarters building at 8-10 Lower Pembroke Street in Dublin 2. The organisation will be payi(...)

 Steffon Armitage could be set for a return to England to try and revive his international career. Photograph:  Nick Laham/Getty Images

Steffon Armitage is on the verge of an unforeseen return home to the English Premiership from Toulon. The flanker is rapidly running out of time if he(...)