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 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(...)

Emo Court in Co Laois is set on a 250-acre estate.

Holding court Emo Court, the James Gandon-designed country house in Co Laois, is now open to the public. Set on 250 acres of park and agricultural la(...)

Ulster’s Stuart McCloskey with Dave Heffernan of Connacht in their Guinness Pro14 quarter-final match at  Kingspan Stadium, Belfast on May 4th. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Perusing the Pro14 statistics from an Irish perspective ahead of the weekend’s semi-final matches, one name – Stuart McCloskey – is at, or near, the t(...)

Joe Rokocoko reckons Leinster will have enogh to see off Saracens in the Champions Cup final. Photo: Dave Winter/Icon Sport

Racing 92’s former All Black wing Joe Rokocoko has faced both Saracens (2016) and Leinster (2018) in Champions Cup finals and in his experience he fee(...)

Organisers of the upcoming World Cup in Japan have raised fears that bars and restaurants in host cities could run out of beer. Photograph: Getty Images

It’s the stuff of nightmares for rugby fans: organisers of the upcoming World Cup in Japan have raised fears that bars and restaurants in host cities (...)

Leinster have announced Robin McBryde will join the province as an assistant coach after this year’s Rugby World Cup in Japan. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Leinster have announced Robin McBryde will join the province as an assistant coach after this year’s Rugby World Cup in Japan. McBryde’s appointment (...)

There was no hiding the number of empty seats at the Ricoh Arena on Saturday. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Next month in Newcastle they are promising to host the best weekend that club rugby union has ever known. A convivial city, an iconic stadium, two din(...)

Munster’s Niall Scannell takes on Edinburgh’s WP Nel during the Heineken Champions Cup quarter final at Murrayfield. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Champions Cup semi-finals: Saracens v Munster Kick off: 3pm, Saturday. Venue: Ricoh Arena. How to follow: The Irish Times li(...)

 The player posted similar comments last year but escaped sanction and signed a new deal with RA. File PhotographToby Melville/Reuters

Rugby Australia (RA) is set to terminate Israel Folau’s contract after it issued the country’s best-known and best-paid player a code of conduct brea(...)

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