Toulouse players celebrate the victory over Bath at the Recreation Ground last weekend. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Toulouse are back, literally if not figuratively. Having won the Heineken Champions Cup a joint record four times and been ever-presents since the to(...)

Joe Tomane (centre) with Rhys Ruddock and Dan Leavy at the launch of the new Leinster home and alternate jersey at Life Style Sports, Grafton Street, Dublin. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Joe Tomane sought out Leinster, not the other way round. The Wallaby wing or centre if needs must, as they surely will, was under contract to Montpel(...)

France  coach Jacques Brunel and his squad during training. They face Ireland in the Six Nations on Saturday. As my Dad would say, “They are Bob Hope’s brother . . . No Hope.” Photograph: Michel Euler/AP

This is the worst France team I have witnessed in my lifetime. You may have to go back to the late 1940s to find a French team so bereft of world-cla(...)

The host for the 2023 Rugby World Cup will be unveiled on Wednesday. Photograph: Getty Images

October 31st: Rugby World Cup Board recommends South Africa as RWC 2023 host. “This is the first Rugby World Cup host selection to take place followi(...)

IRFU chief executive  Philip Browne:  he   queried whether Rugby World Cup Ltd examined reasons for the Commonwealth Games being take out of Durban in a “substantive manner”. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

World Rugby and the South African Rugby Union (SARU) have privately expressed disappointment at critical reactions from Ireland and France after last (...)

Ireland’s Rugby World Cup head of bid Kevin Potts pictures with IRFU chief executive Philip Browne back in March after a two-day site visit by the World Rugby Technical Review Group. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The Irish Times has learned that Ireland’s overall financial bid to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup closely matched South Africa’s commercial offer and (...)

Bernard Laporte, president of the French Rugby Federation, at  a press conference after France presented its  bid in London to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup. Photograph: Getty Images

Money talks in sport, and World Rugby is no exception, not least with its once-every-four-years World Cup. This is the governing body’s main cash co(...)

Ireland’s Johnny Sexton celebrates with Peter O’Mahony after the Six Nations win over England at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Ireland 13 England 9 Record wreckers. And so Ireland have ended two world record 18-match winning sequences in the same season. This may not have bee(...)

 Bruce Craig, EPCR board member and member of the executive committee. Photograph: Billy Stickland / Inpho

At last, the darned rugby. After the protracted off-field rifts, both local and European, threats and more threats, the belated heads of agreement on (...)

Brian O’Driscoll: former Ireland captain   would be a compromise candidate to fill new position of president in the newly-formed EPCR (European Professional Club rugby). Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Such are the heightened tensions between the warring factions in European club rugby including now, it seems, the one-time Anglo-French axis, that lea(...)

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