Rugby World Cup

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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(...)

Britain’s chancellor of the exchequer Phillip Hammond with his budget at 11 Downing Street in London. Photograph: Neil Hall/EPA

Ireland has suffered its fair share of misfortunes in the aftermath of Brexit. While a number of financial institutions have snubbed Dublin for the al(...)

James Ryan and Iain Henderson form a an interesting second row partnership for Ireland. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Can we give meaning to tomorrow’s clash of old, old adversaries? A whole new Irish team back in play after two autumn victories; eight with single f(...)

The European Banking Authority (EBA) logo seen at the EBA offices in London’s Canary Wharf financial district. Photograph: Alice Dore/AFP

Another week and another defeat to the French. First it was the Rugby World Cup bid and yesterday it was our attempt to lure the European Banking Auth(...)

At the announcement in London of the 2023 Rugby World Cup host were Irish bid chairman Dick Spring, Minister for Sport Shane Ross, Brian O’Driscoll and IRFU president Philip Orr. Photograph: Dave Rogers/Inpho/Getty Images

We’re nobody’s darling any more. Last evening, Ireland failed in its much-hyped bid to have Dublin named as the new location for the European Medicine(...)

Paris’s 22-page glossy pitch highlighted its “vibrant cultural scene” and “second-to-none” recreational facilities. Photograph: Getty Images

It was deja vu all over again on Monday evening as Ireland found itself losing out to France for the second time in less than a week to France. Only t(...)

French rugby president Bernard Laporte  in London on November  15th after France is named to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup. Photograph:  AFP Photo/Adrian Dennis

At the end of several World Cup 2023 bid presentations, in far-flung rugby outposts, the hosts would wonder aloud: “What are you going to do for us?” (...)

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