David Nucifora during his time as Australian assiatnt coach. Photograph:  Andrew Cornaga/Inpho David Nucifora the new IRFU High Performance director

The 52 year old Australian will be officially unveiled at a press conference on Thursday

 New Zealand captain Richie McCaw holds aloft the Rugby World Cup trophy in 2011. Photograph: Andrew Cornaga/Inpho TV3 wins rights to Rugby World Cup 2015

Ireland matches and the final stages of the tournament will be broadcast free to air

 Dan McFarland. James Crombie/Inpho Emerging Ireland heading to Romania

Dan McFarland and Neil Doak will lead a squad to compete in a quadrangular tournament in June

New Zealand and Auckland Blues scrumhalf Piri Weepu has suffered a stroke earlier this month. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill / THE IRISH TIMES New Zealand scrumhalf Piri Weepu suffers stroke

Auckland Blues say All Black will miss at least four weeks while his condition is examined further

Brian O’Driscoll’s number 13 jersey hanging in the changing room – waiting for a new owner. But who will it be?   The search is on.  Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho Competition keen for that green 13

Will it be Payne? Henshaw? Fitzgerald? Cave? Earls? Who? It’ll be interesting

Ireland’s Jonathan Sexton goes past the massive figure of Mathieu Bastareaud of France to score a try during last Saturday’s Six Nations Championship finale at the Stade de France in Paris.  Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho Après match fillet steak, a large Bordeaux and thoughts of Henderson filleting Bastareaud . . . magnifique!

 Israel Dagg of the All Blacks (pictured) and his team-mate Cory Jane  were disciplined for drinking during the World Cup in 2011. Photograph : Phil Walter/Getty Images New Zealand rugby chief denies sleeping pill ‘cover-up’

All Blacks Cory Jane and Israel Dagg misused sleeping pills in a ‘silly’ competition ahead of World Cup quarter-final

Scotland fullback Stuart Hogg has been given a three-week ban. Photograph: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire Stuart Hogg apologises again on receiving three-week ban

Scotland and Lions fullback was sent off against Wales for dangerous late challenge on Dan Biggar

Wales captain Sam Warburton  receives treatment during the  Six Nations match against Scotland at the Millennium Stadium. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images Sam Warburton to undergo shoulder surgery

Wales skipper to miss rest of Cardiff Blues’ season with injury