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Leinster players celebrate after winning the Guinness Pro 14 Final against Scarlets at the Aviva stadium in may 2018. Photograph:  Billy Stickland/Inpho

Next season’s Pro 14 campaign will begin four weeks later than usual and games will continue during the Rugby World Cup in Japan. The competition wil(...)

Wales wing George North and Scotland’s Byron McGuigan chase the ball during the Six Nations match at Murrayfield Stadium in Edinburgh. Photograph: Andy Buchanan/AFP/Getty Images

Scotland 11 Wales 18 The Grand Slam dream lives on. Warren Gatland’s Wales stuttered to a 13th successive victory, their fourth in this season’s Six (...)

Ireland captain Rory Bests has confirmed he is likely to retire after the Rugby World Cup. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ireland captain Rory Best has admitted he expects to retire after the Rugby World Cup. Best will win his 116th cap in Sunday’s Six Nations clash agai(...)

The Ireland squad during a training session at Carton House. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

A thrilling denouement to the 2019 Six Nations awaits - just two rounds of fixtures remain, and three sides still have hopes of being crowned champion(...)

Garry Ringrose could return to the Ireland midfield for Sunday’s Six Nations clash against France at the Aviva stadium. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

It’s the beginning of the end. The Six Nations returns on Saturday after another two-week hiatus, for the penultimate round of fixtures. It already s(...)

Ireland’s muted celebrations after  Conor Murray secured a bonus point against Italy. The body language of the Irish team in Rome was telling. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

England remain the only northern hemisphere country to have won the Rugby World Cup, and their 2003 success is therefore seen as something of a templa(...)

Aisling Glynn: “I was never a dog person. Getting an assistance dog has been one of the best experiences of my life.”

I sometimes think about how my life would be without “my disability”. I’m convinced that I wouldn’t be living at home, that I wouldn’t be working so c(...)

Ireland’s Jacob Stockdale and England’s Henry Slade during the Ireland V England Six Nations Rugby Championship. Photograph:s Tom Honan

Ireland and Ulster rugby player Jacob Stockdale has spoken about the difficulty of being a practicing Christian on a sports field. “It’s a challenge(...)

Johnny Sexton has said proposals for a rugby World League are ‘out of touch.’ Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Ireland’s Johnny Sexton has said reported plans for a new rugby World League to be launched in 2020 are “out of touch,” and potentially harmful to pla(...)

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt: ‘We feel that we can put a really good performance together and it’s got to be in two weeks’ time.’ Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Joe Schmidt is a worrier by nature, but he is palpably “worried” by Ireland’s performances to date in this year’s Six Nations. In particular, the Iris(...)

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