New Zealand’s flanker and captain Richie McCaw holds the Webb Ellis Cup aloft as he celebrates with teammates. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

For many, a 96-page report dropping onto the desk a week before Christmas would be a poor state of affairs. A move befitting Scrooge, knowing full wel(...)

Ross Byrne: played in last year’s tournament and started all five games in this year’s Under-20 Six Nations. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho.

Ireland’s hopes for the Junior World Championship in Italy next week have received a setback with the withdrawal of outhalf Ross Byrne. Byrne, who pl(...)

Francis Saili will join Munster once his current Auckland Blues contract has ended. Photo: Phil Walter/Getty Images Sport

Munster have confirmed the signing of twice capped All Black centre Francis Saili on a two year contract. The 24-year-old Auckland Blues back made his(...)

Mike Ruddock: “We were better in the second half but we’ll look carefully about how the scrums went and how the lineouts went. We have to identify the areas in which we need to do more work” said Ireland U-20 coach.

Scotland 17 (Tries: Carmichael, Ritchie (pen). Con: Chalmers)Ireland 30 (Tries: Busby, Goggin, Timmins, Dardis. Cons: McKeon, Byrne. Pens McKeon, Ring(...)

Munster’s new signing Tyler Bleyendaal.

Munster have announced the signing of Canterbury and Crusaders pivot Tyler Bleyendaal on a three year contract. The 23-year-old will join the Irish p(...)

Ireland’s Steve Crosbie during the game against Fiji in the Junior World Championship in France.

Ireland U-20 outhalf Steve Crosbie says they will put the heartbreak of Thursday’s 31-26 defeat to New Zealand behind them quickly in an effort to em(...)

Ireland’s Tom Daly is out of the under-20 World Championships. Photograph: Jean Claude Le Boulicaut/Inpho

Ireland under-20 centre and goalkicker Tom Daly will miss the game crucial clash with New Zealand at the Junior World Championship after being ruled o(...)

Tom Daly (centre) after the win over Fiji. Photograph: Jean Claude Le Boulicaut/Inpho

Ireland Under-20 goal-kicker Tom Daly is a major doubt for their crunch clash with New Zealand, in a game which will decide who goes through to the se(...)

Ireland’s Mark Roche takes on the Fiji defence. Photograph: Inpho

Ireland 46 Fiji 3Ireland produced another accomplished performance at Stade de la Rabine yesterday evening to set themselves up for a pool showdown wi(...)