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  Pablo Santos, an event promoter for Wigwam bar, Dublin, is expecting a large number of Brazil fans for the side’s World Cup opener against Switzerland on Sunday

If you walk past Dublin’s Wigwam bar on Sunday afternoon you will hear a strange blend of electronic samba and the battle cries of Brazilians psyching(...)

 Mathieu Bastereaud will captain France against New Zealand on Saturday. Photograph: Anthony Au-Yeung/Getty Images

Rugby World Cup planning has loomed into full view with All Blacks coach Steve Hansen opting not to tinker with his team for the second test against F(...)

A question on the  implications for Ireland of the US government’s decision to reduce corporation tax cropped up on the paper. Photograph: iStock

The last group of Junior Cert students to sit two separate business papers were met by a straightforward and topical exam, teachers have said. The im(...)

 Eddie Jones:  the England head coach saw his team blow an early  24-3 lead before they  eventually  lost 42-39.  Photograph:  David Rogers/Getty Images)

Losing the odd game of rugby is an occupational hazard but, as Eddie Jones knows all too well, it can become a habit. Thirteen years ago Jones led Au(...)

Australia’s Israel Folau   is tackled by Conor Murray and Johnny Sexton in his side’s 18-9 Test victory on Sunday. Photograph:   Mark Kolbe/Getty Images

Ireland could have won in Brisbane, should have is a leap in the air with Israel Folau. That was the difference, the Wallabies’s best players; Folau o(...)

France coach Jacques Brunel at a press conference in Auckland ahead of his side’s clash with the All Blacks on Saturday. Photograph:  Fiona Goodall/AFP/Getty Images

The outcome of Saturday’s first Test between the All Blacks and France could well be determined by who copes best with their lengthy injury lists as b(...)

Joe Schmidt: “I think it is a good opportunity for him to get in at 10. But he is going to get competition from Tyler [Bleyendaal], Ian [Keatley], JJ [Hanrahan]. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

The reinvention of Joey Carbery gathered pace at the team base at Carton House on Thursday. “I honestly wasn’t sure what he was going to do, I though(...)

Tickets for Ireland’s World Cup Pool A game against hosts Japan  at Shizuoka Stadium range in price from €79 for a Category D ticket to €319 for Category A. Photograph:   Atsushi Tomura/Getty Images

Should Joe Schmidt’s Ireland reach the 2019 Rugby World Cup final in Japan, Irish supporters could be saying sayonara to over €2,500 – and that’s just(...)

Leinster captain Isa Nacewa and his team-mates celebrate after winning the Pro14 final against Scarlets at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin, on Saturday. Photograph: PA

Turnover at rugby’s Pro14 tournament has doubled to more than €20 million over the last two years as two South African franchises have joined the comp(...)

Connacht and the IRFU have announced Andy Friend as the province’s new head coach. The Australian has signed a three year contract and will arrive in(...)

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