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Gary Halpin, director of boarding at Cistercian College, Roscrea. Photograph: John D Kelly

The man who will always be remembered for scoring Ireland’s first ever World Cup try against New Zealand has long departed the playing side of things (...)

Jacob Stockdale leads the way  for Ireland with 10 tries, including this one against England in this year’s Six Nations.  Photograph:  Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

It’s been an annus mirabilis for Irish rugby, Leinster winning a Champions Cup and Guinness Pro14 double, while the national team produced a Six Natio(...)

  Castres players celebrate a penalty against Munster at Stade Pierres Fabre, Castres, France. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

It’s hard to know which left the worst taste in the mouth from Munster’s defeat away by Castres on Saturday, but it probably wasn’t the way some of th(...)

Michael Cheika as been retained as Wallabies head coach after a review by Rugby Australia. Photograph: Dan Mullan/Getty Images

Michael Cheika will lead the Wallabies to the Rugby World Cup in Japan next year, but the head coach will have to report to a director of rugby after (...)

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 (...)

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