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Stuart Lancaster: “I would never compromise a team’s defensive cohesion or structure or strength just for a player who has X-factor, a player who can do something in attack but not in defence.” Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

A month in the England team base at Bagshot during the last Rugby World Cup was eye-opening, a glimpse of how a furious British media can turn and tor(...)

Former Italy boss Jacques Brunel has been named as the new French head coach. Photograph: Getty Images

Ireland’s first opponents in the upcoming Six Nations Championship France will be under new management as the French Rugby Federation (FFR) confirmed (...)

 Paul O’Connell has been working in an advisory role with the Munster academy. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Former Ireland captain Paul O’Connell has been confirmed as an assistant coach with this year’s Ireland Under-20 squad. O’Connell, who retired in 201(...)

The Irish Times/Sport Ireland Sportswoman of the Year Jessica Harrington with the  award winners from the last 12 months. Back Row. Eve McCrystal, Katie-George Dunlevy, Ita Keirnan (on behalf of Leanne Kiernan), Aoife Ní Chasaide, Chloe Magee, Gráinne Dwyer, Paula Fitzpatrick, Rena Buckley, Sinead Aherne, Sue Ronan (on behalf of Katie McCabe). Front Row: Vonnie Noonan (on behalf of Leona Maguire) Gina Akpe-Moses, Jessica Harrington (overall winner), Mary Davis (Outstanding Achievement), Sonia O’Sullivan, Annalise Murphy. Photograph:  Tom Honan.

It must be a sign of the times when a sportswoman awards seem less about the women and all about the awards. Not that long ago it might have been the (...)

Tadhg Furlong has signed a new three year IRFU contract. Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

Leinster have been boosted by Tadhg Furlong’s decision to sign a three year IRFU contract to remain at the province until June 2021. The tighthead ma(...)

 Cian Healy takes on Matt Kvesic of Exeter Chiefs at Sandy Park. “I still feel there is a good bit more to come.” Photograph:  Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Cian Healy wasn’t to know it. But a short break on the Italian coast prior to the 2015 Rugby World Cup was to become his Hallelujah moment. Such thin(...)

TV3 Six Nations presenter Joe Molloy (left) with co-commentator Alan Quinlan, touchline reporter Sinéad Kissane and commentator Dave McIntyre. Photograph: Brendan Moran / Sportsfile.

TV3 Group has unveiled Joe Molloy as the anchor of its coverage of the Six Nations rugby tournament, to which it has the television rights for the nex(...)

 Gareth Steenson:  “We are very excited about the game. We know we have to be on our mettle but we feel we are in a good place.” Photograph:  Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

Once upon a time, well 2005 to be precise, there were two young outhalves who competed for the Ireland number 10 jersey at the Under-21 Rugby World C(...)

Joe Schmidt’s win ratio is at  70 per cent with Ireland. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

“Thanks to a craven media, the Ireland coach had an uncritical assessment in power; his achievements were overblown and his failures ignored. Schmidt (...)

Ireland’s Johnny Sexton shares a joke at the end of the game. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Absent friends not missed Was Simon Zebo missed? Was Ian Madigan missed? Was Marty Moore missed? While the IRFU decision not to pick players based ou(...)

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