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Johnny Sexton revealed that he vomited at half-time of  the autumn international against New Zealand in 2010 due to the intensity of the first half. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Ireland play four Tests in November but there’s no doubt that the New Zealand game supersedes all others in terms of anticipation, pitting the number (...)

Danny Cipriani: few have doubted  his unsettling problems have stymied a career. Photograph:  Dan Mullan/Getty Images

In the spring of 2013 Danny Cipriani was taken to hospital in Leeds with bruising and concussion. He had been hit by a bus while on a team night out. (...)

  Leicester’s Jonah Holmes in action against Ulster in the Champions Cup last weekend. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Wales boss Warren Gatland has handed surprise call-ups to uncapped wings Jonah Holmes and Luke Morgan for this season’s autumn Tests. The 26-year-old(...)

 Brian Fenton in the new Dublin jersey: “From a management point of view they never address twos-in-a-row, threes-in-a-rows, fours-in-a-rows.” Photograph: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

Just a few hours before the first shots are fired in the 2019 championship with the provincial draws in RTÉ, a number of Dublin players came to the he(...)

Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand said: ’It’s a brilliant time to be a fan of the Home Nations teams.’ Photograph: Mike Egerton/PA Wire

Theresa May has backed moves to bring the World Cup to the UK and Ireland in 2030. The UK prime minister signalled she would offer government support(...)

Leinster’s Scott Fardy: ‘We have to go up against each other and challenge each other on a week-in, week-out basis.’ Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

There is a suspicion that Scott Fardy doesn’t engage unduly with melodrama in sport, possibly attributable to a laid-back nature away from the confine(...)

Racing 92’s  Simon Zebo scoring  a try against  Castres on Saturday  at the Paris La Defense Arena in Nanterre. Photograph:  Getty Images

There’s a scene during Amazon Prime’s watchable All or Nothing: All Blacks documentary where Steve Hansen and his wife Natasha are in the back garden (...)

Fans at the Noevir Stadium, Kobe, where Ireland will play Russia on Thursday October 3rd. Photograph: Martin Bureau/AFP/Getty

With exactly a year to go to the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan the organisers are unusually bullish. For the first time rugby’s premier tournament is (...)

The English Rugby Football Union has become the latest organisation to offer their women’s team full-time professional contracts. Photo: Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images

The English Rugby Football Union has become the latest organisation to offer their women’s team full-time professional contracts. Under the new agree(...)

Joe Schmidt’s Ireland are second favourites a year out from the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Like a US presidential election when the campaigning starts pretty much as soon as the previous winner is inaugurated, the countdown toward the 2019 R(...)

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