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Leinster could face Munster in a Pro 14 game at the Aviva Stadium on the first weekend of rugby’s proposed resumption in August. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Such is the desperate need to restore Test rugby before the end of the year within Ireland and elsewhere that hosting the cancelled July tours in the (...)

Dave Rennie: will leave Glasgow Warriors to take over as Australia coach on a three-and-a-half year deal. Photograph: Peter Cziborra/Reuters

With Dave Rennie’s appointment as Wallabies coach an important part of his predecessor Michael Cheika’s legacy will live on. When Cheika took over (...)

Michael Cheika has quite as Australia coach. Photo: Hiroshi Yamamura/Getty Images

Michael Cheika has insisted he had no choice but to resign after Australia were dumped out of the World Cup by England. The former Leinster and Stade(...)

 Michael Cheika: “I’d rather win it our way or no way. That’s the way Aussies want us to play.”

Michael Cheika said he would prefer to lose the Australian way, with ball in hand, than win by playing a more conservative game after the Wallabies cr(...)

Jonny May of England scores a try during the Rugby World Cup quarter-final match between England and Australia, in Oita. Photo: Hiroshi Yamamura/EPA

England 40 Australia 16 Not for the first time in their Rugby World Cup history England gave their fans some palpitations en route, but Eddie Jones a(...)

England’s Owen Farrell during a training session ahead of the Rugby World Cup quarter-final against Australia. Photo: David Rogers/Getty Images

Rugby World Cup quarter-final: England v Australia Kick-off: 8.15am Irish time, Saturday. Venue: Oita Stadium. How to follow: The Irish Times liveblo(...)

Maro Itoje  during  England rugby training  at Jissoji Ground in Beppu, Japan on Wednesday. Photograph:  David Rogers/Getty Images

England’s Maro Itoje has slammed this week’s racist abuse in football as appalling and abysmal and warned that rugby union should not consider itself (...)

Jack Dempsey of Australia scores his team’s third try during the Rugby World Cup 2019 Group D match against Georgia. Photo: Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

Australia 27 Georgia 8 Australia made heavy work of it in difficult conditions but outlasted a tough Georgia team to round out their Rugby World Cup (...)

James O’Connor in action for Australia against Wales during the Pool D clash at the  Tokyo Stadium, Tokyo, Japan. Photograph: Craig Mercer/Inpho

The Australians are having fun. Alan Alaalatoa, the team’s 20-stone prop, thought for a second when asked if he could take David Pocock in an arm wr(...)

France’s players celebrate with fans after bearing Tonga  at the Kumamoto Stadium in Kumamoto, Japan. Photograph:  Franck Fife/AFP via Getty Images

At the end of yet another week when the prevailing rugby mood was a bit on the glum side – the postmortem on Thursday’s narrow 35-0 win over Russia no(...)

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