The Ireland women’s rugby squad gets in some scrummaging during a training session at FFR headquarters at Marcoussis, Paris ahead of Friday’s IRB World Cup clash against the USA. Photograph: Dan Sheridan

Ireland prop outlines early target ahead of group clash againt USA on Friday

The Irish women’s team that won the Grand Slam in 2013. Players have been banned from talking to journalists for exclusive columns to appear in print or online during the upcoming World Cup.  Photograph: Inpho

Ireland women’s squad not allowed provide personal columns for media during World Cup

Paul O’Connell with ball in hand playing for Munster, who are supposed to meet Cardiff on the same weekend that the Welsh club are scheduled to play in the Anglo-Welsh Cup. Photograph: INPHO/Billy Stickland

Anglo-Welsh Cup fixtures just released clash with a Pro 12 weekend involving Irish teams

Ranked number two in the world at bantamweight, Michael Conlan (left), pictured at London 2012, came through the first of his bouts at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The Irish bantamweight is looking for nothing less than a gold medal in Glasgow

Gareth Anscombe will be joining Cardiff Blues next season. The son of sacked Ulster coach Mark called Ulster’s management ’clowns’. Photograph: Scott Barbour/Getty Images

The son of former Ulster coach Mark was highly critical of the Irish province

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

Union exploring the possibility of attracting private money to aid the funding of the sport

A general view of the Aviva Stadium during the Ireland v New Zealand international last November. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Excess due to improved ticket sales and an increase in Six Nations prize money

Irish players warm-up in the Keep Rugby Clean IRB anti-doping tee shirts before last month’s game in the  Junior World Championship match against  Fiji  at QBE Stadium, Albany,  New Zealand. Photograph:  Jason Oxenham/Getty Images

IRB says high positive test results figure proves anti-doping programme successful

The RDS will increase capacity from 18,500 to 25,000 for the 2017 season.

Increased capacity of Ballsbridge stadium not expected to cause any problems

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