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Anti-Apartheid demonstration in 1970 in Dublin before the international rugby match at Lansdowne Road: the IRFU has presented less a defence than an undiplomatic spear-tackling of its principal competitor South Africa.

Last Monday, in an effort to revive Ireland’s flagging bid to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup, Philip Browne, the chief executive of the Irish Rugby Foo(...)

Minister for Transport and Sport Shane Ross said the award of the 2023 Rugby World Cup was a “matter of persuasion”. Photograph: Cyril Byrne.

The Government is still lobbying to have the recommendation that South Africa host the 2023 set aside in favour of the Irish bid, Minister for Transpo(...)

Bundee Aki at the Ireland rugby squad training centre at Carton House, Co Kildare. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

During my apprenticeship, I was told by Ronan O’Gara to think three or four phases ahead after any set piece attack. Playing international rugby nowad(...)

Ireland and Munster player Keith Earls expects a physical game on Saturday when Ireland play South Africa. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Keith Earls knows that he’s getting older because there is a surfeit of reminders from the glut of young faces in the Ireland squad to the choice of t(...)

Sean Cronin starts at hooker for Leinster’s clash with Glasgow. Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

Glasgow Warriors v Leinster, Scotstoun (Friday, 7.35, deferred coverage on TG4, 9.30) Leinster’s depth in their playing roster will receive a rigorou(...)

In relation to the Irish stadiums’ guarantees, there’s no doubt that World Rugby believed that Ireland had its homework done – it’s just that it hadn’t brought it to class unlike the other two pupils

Flawed, misguided, on point – it’s a matter of perspective and predicated directly on how the bids of Ireland, France and South Africa fared in a Tech(...)

 The big screen in the Aviva Stadium at the announcement in 2016 of Ireland’s bid for the 2023 Rugby World Cup. Photograph:  Billy Stickland/Inpho

Hindsight tells us the Irish bid for the World Cup was guilty of confirmation bias. Tuesday’s independently commissioned World Rugby report on the 20(...)

Annalise Murphy on board  Turn the Tide on Plastic during leg one of the Volvo Ocean Race. Photograph:   Jen Edney/Volvo Ocean Race

This is weird. We finished racing at the weekend but still after a week at sea I’m not sleeping properly. I keep waking every four hours as if we’re s(...)

Shane Ross has said Ireland can still win its bid for the 2023 Rugby World Cup. File photograph: ©INPHO/Bryan Keane

The Government has insisted Ireland can still secure the Rugby World Cup in 2023, despite the World Rugby Technical Review Group endorsing South Afric(...)

 Two male kobudai fighting. When a female kobudai reaches a certain size and age she can turn into a male. Photograph: Tony Wu/BBC

Just what does the planet have to do these days in order to impress David Attenborough? It isn’t that the iconic presenter’s voice of quiet reassuran(...)

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