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Antoine Dupont prepares to kick as Ireland take on   France in the Stade de France in Paris last year. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The French government’s instruction for rugby clubs to cancel cross border competition “in the short term” makes the postponement of the 2021 Six Nati(...)

Referee Angus Gardner red cards Australia’s Lukhan Salakaia-Loto for a high tackle against Argentina in Sydney. Photograph: Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

I have to start where I finished off last week – dangerous play. The weekend saw examples of players hitting into opponents’ heads and necks with shou(...)

 Ireland head coach Andy Farrell praised Andrew Porter’s performance against Scotland. Photograph:   Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Ireland more or less finish the year where they started, or where it might realistically be felt they should finish it. Third in the Six Nations and t(...)

Eddie Jones takes an England training session at Twickenham ahead of the Nations Cup match against France. Photo: Andy Rain/POOL/AFP via Getty Images

At face value the organisers appear to have the final playoff weekend to the Autumn Nations Cup that they would have craved, or the final anyway. Exce(...)

Ireland head coach Andy Farrell speaks to his players at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Lineout and maul Once an almost guaranteed source of possession and launch plays, and even – if not directly – of tries, Ireland’s lineout and catch(...)

Garry Ringrose: sustained a broken jaw in Saturday’s 50-17 win over Italy and so will miss the game against France in Paris next Saturday. Photograph: Brian Lawless/EPA

The scale of the task facing Ireland in an empty Stade de France next Saturday night was laid bare by France’s friendly win over Wales on Saturday nig(...)

The IRFU annual report for the 2019-20 season lays bare the financial effect of the coronavirus pandemic on the game here in confirming that the Union(...)

Ireland Ireland head coach Andy Farrell at training in Abbotstown. Photo: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Although Nphet’s latest recommendation has cast a cloud over Ireland’s re-arranged 2020 Guinness Six Nations games at home to Italy and away to France(...)

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 (...)

France’s Mohamed Haouas after being sent off against Scotland. Photograph: Craig Watson/Inpho

French prop Mohamed Haouas has been suspended for three weeks for punching James Ritchie in his team’s defeat to Scotland last Saturday. The Six Nati(...)

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