Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tánaiste Joan Burton, at today’s launch. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

A cross-Border bid for Ireland to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup was formally launched by Taoiseach Enda Kenny, Northern Ireland’s First Minister Peter(...)

Both players have switched codes, signing sevens contracts with the IRFU. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

It would, to put it mildly, have seemed highly unlikely not so long ago that Irish women’s hockey would lose players to rugby, but in the case of two (...)

The Ireland team lines out ahead of their Rugby World Cup win over Romania at Lansdowne Road. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / THE IRISH TIMES

Ireland’s bid to stage the 2023 Rugby World Cup is set to be officially unveiled on Friday.Officials from the Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU) will (...)

 Australia’s Matt Toomua and Robbie Henshaw of Ireland collide at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: James Crombie / Inpho 5:39

Joe Schmidt’s “ruthless” selection policy has forced Ireland to shed mental weaknesses that were costing victories, according to Rory Best. Hooker Be(...)

John Fogarty (left) and Denis Leamy have helped to raise awareness of acquired brain injury and concussion. Over 13,000 people in Ireland are affected by ABI every year. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien / The Irish Times

A zero tolerance approach was one of the key recommendations made by medical experts discussing the implications of concussion in sport at the joint O(...)

Both the Irish Rugby Football Union and the International Rugby Board have recently put in place protocols to assess the severity of head shocks. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Two researchers from the University of Birmingham have unveiled a series of biological tests to diagnose concussions in sports injuries. Prof Tony Bel(...)

Aidan Price of Bohemians with David McMillan, then of St Patrick’s Athletic, after a clash of heads at Richmond Park, Dublin. Photograph: Inpho/Donall Farmer

What happens when two heads collide on a hurling, rugby, soccer or other sports pitch? The human skull is particularly resistant to shocks and hard(...)

England and  Italy  in action on Saturday. World Cup matches are protected under free-to-air legislation. Photograph: EPA/Mast Irham

MARK HILLIARD The Government is to undertake a review of sporting events protected as designated free- to-air programming for public consumption. The (...)

Research, which involved 40 rugby players on the Irish squad, suggests links between diet and exercise and the diversity of microbes in the gut. Photograph:  ©INPHO/Dan Sheridan

It takes some guts to play rugby, and a new study from Cork has shown the guts of professional rugby players are home to a wide variety of bacteria. (...)

Robbie Henshaw exacerbated a hand  injury in training this week

Hand surgery has denied Robbie Henshaw first refusal on Brian O’Driscoll’s Ireland berth after the Connacht centre was ruled out of next month’s tour (...)