Rugby World Cup

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Páirc Uí Chaoimh: controversy erupted over its possible use as a venue for the  Liam Miller charity match. Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

How did it get to this? Literally? The origins of the controversy, which is apparently set to run and run, over the availability of Páirc Uí Chaoimh f(...)

The Ireland rugby squad at   Shizuoka Stadium Ecopa in Fukuroi,  Japan for a test match in June 2017. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Nearly 10,000 kilometres separate Dublin from the small Japanese city of Fukuroi and, sad to say, it shows. Puzzled looks and mumbled replies greet yo(...)

Germany 28 Samoa 42 (Samoa win 108-43 on aggregate) Samoa will complete Ireland’s Pool A at next year’s Rugby World Cup as they eased to victory over(...)

The Webb Ellis Cup at Grand Prince Hotel Shin Takanawa in Tokyo, Japan. Photograph: Getty Images

There is “phenomenal interest from rugby fans both in Japan, and abroad” for next year’s Rugby World Cup, according to the tournament organisers. Wit(...)

 Wayne Pivac will be the new head coach of Wales after the 2019 World Cup, the Welsh Rugby Union has announced. Photograph: PA

Wayne Pivac will take over as Wales coach when Warren Gatland steps down after next year’s Rugby World Cup, the Welsh Rugby Union has announced. Piva(...)

 IRFU’s director of rugby development Scott Walker;  IRFU operations manager of participation rugby David Keane; Damien Kavanagh, president of the Emerald Warriors and member of the organising committee of Union Cup 2019; and Tony Hayes, Union Cup organising committee chair. Photograph:     James Crombie/Inpho

The IRFU has confirmed it will act as an official supporter of the 2019 Union Cup, a rugby tournament for the LGBTI community that will be hosted by t(...)

Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi has given the Samoa rugby team a stark warning. Photo: Getty Images

Samoa enter Saturday’s 2019 Rugby World Cup qualifier first leg against Germany in Apia on foot of a stinging rebuke from Samoan prime minister Tuilae(...)

  Pablo Santos, an event promoter for Wigwam bar, Dublin, is expecting a large number of Brazil fans for the side’s World Cup opener against Switzerland on Sunday

If you walk past Dublin’s Wigwam bar on Sunday afternoon you will hear a strange blend of electronic samba and the battle cries of Brazilians psyching(...)

 Mathieu Bastereaud will captain France against New Zealand on Saturday. Photograph: Anthony Au-Yeung/Getty Images

Rugby World Cup planning has loomed into full view with All Blacks coach Steve Hansen opting not to tinker with his team for the second test against F(...)

A question on the  implications for Ireland of the US government’s decision to reduce corporation tax cropped up on the paper. Photograph: iStock

The last group of Junior Cert students to sit two separate business papers were met by a straightforward and topical exam, teachers have said. The im(...)

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