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Ireland’s Ryan Baird celebrates his try with Charlie Ryan and Josh Wycherley in their defeat to New Zealand in the World Rugby U20 Championship. Photograph: Pablo Gasparini/Inpho

Ireland U-20 17 New Zealand U-20 40 A remarkable season concluded with a typically robust and obdurate performance in the final match of the Under-20(...)

Mike Catt will join the Irish coaching team after the 2019 Rugby World Cup. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Mike Catt is to join the Ireland coaching team in the wake of the 2019 Rugby World Cup and ahead of the 2020 Six Nations, the IRFU has confirmed. Cat(...)

Ireland’s Ryan Baird celebrates his try with Josh Wycherley during the  World Rugby U20 Championship seventh-place playoff against New Zealand  in  Rosario. Photograph:  Pablo Gasparini/Inpho

Ireland 17 New Zealand 40 Ireland’s courage in adversity was once again evident but a slow start in which they conceded 26-points left them with too(...)

Italy assistant coach  Mike Catt is set to join Ireland as attack coach after the World Cup. Photograph:  Stu Forster/Getty Images

Mike Catt is expected to join Ireland as attack coach after the Rugby World Cup. Catt, who is presently part of Conor O’Shea’s Italy set-up, will be(...)

World Rugby and chairman Bill Beaumont have confirmed they are scrapping plans for the Nations Championship. Photograph: Matt Roberts/Getty

Global rugby union is braced for fresh turmoil after the governing body announced it had discontinued plans to introduce a Nations Championship for th(...)

 Mathieu Bastareaud has been left out of France’s Rugby World Cup squad. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Mathieu Bastareaud will not be part of this year’s rugby World Cup after the Toulon centre was left out of France’s 37-man squad on Tuesday. Bastarea(...)

Former Australia outhalf Stephen Larkham has joined the Munster coaching staff. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

It has been confirmed that former Australian outhalf Stephen Larkham is to join Munster Rugby as senior coach ahead of the 2019/20 season. The vastly(...)

Israel Folau has been offered a route back into international rugby by Tonga. Photograph:  Henry Browne/Reuters

Israel Folau has been offered a route back to international rugby with Tonga. Folau currently finds himself in the wilderness after his contracts wit(...)

 Warren Gatland before the third test against New Zealand in 2017.

The British and Irish Lions will name their head coach for 2021 tour of South Africa on Wednesday, with New Zealander Warren Gatland widely expected t(...)

About two out of every three passengers from the Republic are travelling onwards from Hong Kong to destinations in Australasia and the Far East. Photograph: Bobby Yip/Reuters

About 80,000 people flew between Dublin and Hong Kong on the service that Cathay Pacific launched between the two cities a year ago, according to Edwa(...)

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