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South Africa head coach Rassie Erasmus and his assistants will work with the country’s four Super Rugby franchises ahead of the World Cup. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

South Africa coach Rassie Erasmus and his assistants are to spread out across the country’s four Super Rugby teams to offer support as they look to ha(...)

Stuart Lancaster has said he is happy at Leinster amid rumours that he may leave. Photo: David Rogers/Getty Images

Stuart Lancaster possesses a healthy disdain for rumour-mongering especially when it comes to being linked with coaching positions, coloured by h(...)

Sam Underhill of Bath Rugby and Mark Lambert of Harlequins clash heads during the Gallagher Premiership Rugby match in September. Photo: Henry Browne/Getty Images

World Rugby’s policy of educating stakeholders on the significant dangers of head injuries and concussion is failing among a substantial number of cur(...)

John Gunning during his fighting days at the 18th Sumo World Championships in Hong Kong in 2012.  Photograph: Richard A Brooks/AFP/Getty

John Gunning sleeps like a baby. A baby, that is, that only sleeps about two or three hours a night. For the rest of the day Gunning, now 45, is up a(...)

Leinster’s Jimmy O’Brien scores a try against Dragons during the Guinness Pro 14 clash at  Rodney Parade, Newport. Photograph: Photograph: Alex Davidson/Inpho

Dragons 10 Leinster 59 Leo Cullen is wary of Bath’s inside man as Leinster switch their focus to wrestling back control of their Heineken Champions (...)

The Cheltenham Festival takes place from March 12th-15th, 2019. Photograph: INPHO/James Crombie

With the Rugby World Cup rolling around towards the end of the year, there is a perfect excuse to take a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Japan – but there (...)

 Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt  with his successor, current defence coach Andy Farrell. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images

When the news was finally confirmed yesterday morning it was sad if inevitable. The day had to come eventually, and the man himself had prepared us fo(...)

 Nicole Kidman joins Graham Norton on Friday. Photograph: Justin Lane/EPA

The Late Late Show Friday, RTÉ One, 9.35pm After a heroic performance on Saturday which saw Ireland defeating the All Blacks by 16-9, man of the match(...)

Ireland’s Iain Henderson and Jacob Stockdale embrace after the game against New Zealand at the Aviva on Saturday. Photograph: INPHO/Oisin Keniry

RTÉ has agreed a sub-licensing deal with Eir Sport for the rights to 14 live matches in next year’s Rugby World Cup. They include all of Ireland’s gam(...)

Hanazono stadium ahead of Japan’s match against a World XV last month. Photograph: Getty Images

While Japan’s players celebrated their stunning 34-32 victory over South Africa at the last World Cup, the cameras briefly cut to a middle-aged man, s(...)

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