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The Aviva stadium which would host Rugby World Cup matches in 2023 if the Irish bid is successful. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho.

Ministers from Dublin and Belfast met in Armagh today to set up a working group to advise on the prospects of bringing the 2023 Rugby World Cup to th(...)

Running outdoors is only really treacherous when the wind is bad. Photograph: Getty Images

Q It’s so cold and windy and treacherous out there, how on earth do you pluck up the courage to get outside and run in these conditions? All I want to(...)

George Hook  will retire from television after the 2015 Rugby World Cup which takes place in the autumn of next year.

In what will be the longest goodbye in the history of Irish broadcasting, George Hook has announced his retirement but not just yet. The outspoken bro(...)

While drinks companies and sporting bodies never made any secret of their disdain for any sponsorship ban, the FoI records point to a concerted push by a well-resourced and well-informed industry to bring its concerns directly into the heart of Government. Photograph: Inpho/Lorraine O’Sullivan

The drinks industry engaged in a sustained effort to dissuade the Coalition from banning the sponsorship of major sporting events by drink companies, (...)

Wales coach Warren Gatland has agreed a new four-year contract extension with the WRU.

Warren Gatland will remain Wales’s head coach until after the 2019 World Cup when he will have been in charge for 12 years, an unprecedented stint in (...)

Ireland’s second Rugby World Cup 2015 pool game, against the Europe 2 qualifiers, will be at the 90-000 capacity Wembley Stadium. Photograph: Getty Images)

Irish fans will pay an average of €114 per ticket for Ireland’s four pool matches in the 2015 Rugby World Cup (RWC) for mid range category C seats. Ti(...)

Minister with responsibility for primary health care Alex White has said: “The commitment in the programme for government to achieve free GP access for the entire population within the term of office of this Government will be achieved.”  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Parents will be able to access free GP care for their children aged under five “sometime in the middle of next year”, the Minister with responsibility(...)

The Webb Ellis trophy: will it be won on Irish soil in 2023? Photograph: Dave Lintott/INPHO

Minister for Sport Leo Varadkar did two good things at the International Rugby Board conference in Dublin this week. He put to bed for good any idea o(...)

Beauden Barrett of New Zealand scores a try during the IRB Junior World Championship final against England in 2011. Barrett is one of nine from that team on the senior All Blacks squad. Photograph: Valerio Pennicino/Getty Images

The Junior Rugby World Cup class of 2011 may not have much resonance for the current Ireland senior squad as they face into their toughest match of th(...)

All Blacks assistant coach  Ian Foster: “We’re ambitious. We want to play to a top level every week.”

New Zealand are expecting a bounce from Ireland as the teams face into their final match of the November series. Australia’s mauling of Ireland in Avi(...)

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