New  IRFU performance director David Nucifora says Ireland should target a World Cup win.  Photograph: Billy Stickland / Inpho

David Nucifora says if the ambition is not to win a World Cup ‘you may as well pack it in’

IRFU chief executive Philip Browne: “Of course that [TV deal] was a discussion point and a consideration, but at the end of the day we had to find a solution.” photograph: cathal noonan/inpho

Chief executive Philip Browne stresses potential benefits for Irish clubs in new financial distribution

Republic of  Ireland women’s International soccer player Stephanie Roche, Dublin footballer Kevin McManamon, Minister of State for Tourism and Sport Michael Ring, Ireland women’s international rugby player Jenny Murphy, and Waterford hurler Pauric Mahony at the Aviva Stadium.

Big three have taken 15% drop in funding over the last three years ‘on the chin’, says ISC chairman

Ulster Coach Mark Anscombe at a press conference at Ravenhill on Tuesday. Photograph: Inpho

Province aims to bounce back from Heineken Cup defeat to Saracens

Leinster’s Seán O’Brien is back in hard training following a dislocated shoulder. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Treacy.

Leinster number eight was within 24 hours of joining French outfit

TV3 has confirmed  it won the rights to Rugby World Cup 2015. Photograph: Pat Murphy / SPORTSFILE

Station will broadcast all 42 matches of 2015 tournament after beating RTÉ to the rights

The ERC press release accompanying the decision to suspend Jared Payne for the tackle against Alex Goode of Saracens that resulted in the Ulster fullback’s red card came with the wording that Payne  had been red-carded for “an alleged dangerous charge (sic)”, rather than tackling, tapping, pushing or pulling. This was, effectively, a new one. Photograph: Brian Little/Inpho/Presseye

It won’t give them a second shot at Saracens, alas, but they owe it to the player, themselves and the game

Captain Richie McCaw holds aloft the Rugby World Cup trophy.  Photograph: Inpho

Station’s bidding war with RTÉ inextricably linked with battle for GAA All-Ireland series

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ALLIANZ FL STANDINGS
FL Division 1

Team P W D L F A PD Pts
Cork 7 5 1 1 9-115 9-97 18 11
Derry 7 4 1 2 11-101 9-90 17 9
Mayo 7 4 1 2 14-106 14-91 15 9
Dublin 7 4 1 2 9-99 8-94 8 9
Tyrone 7 3 2 2 10-110 11-102 5 8
Kerry 7 3 0 4 10-93 6-94 11 6
Kildare 7 2 0 5 9-110 10-113 -6 4
Westmeath 7 0 0 7 5-72 10-125 -68 0

ALLIANZ HL STANDINGS Division 1A

Team P W D L F A PD Pts
Clare 5 3 1 1 10-84 3-90 15 7
Kilkenny 5 3 0 2 14-89 8-82 25 6
Galway 5 2 1 2 6-88 4-87 7 5
Tipperary 5 2 0 3 9-85 12-86 -10 4
Dublin 5 2 0 3 5-80 5-90 -10 4
Waterford 5 2 0 3 1-85 13-76 -27 4