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Ireland head coach Andy Farrell addressing the assembled media at the  National Sports Campus, Abbotstown, Dublin. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo

Everywhere you go people always ask how good will Andy Farrell be? No-one can ever know for sure, and there’s an element of risk whenever a new head c(...)

Leinster head coach Leo Cullen: ‘In certain circumstances, a losing bonus point is not the end of the world.’ Photograph:   Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Northampton Saints v Leinster, Franklin's Garden, Saturday, 1pm (Live Virgin Media, Channel Four and BT Sport 2) After a week of reviews, comment and(...)

Leinster’s Anna Doyle is tackled by Munster’s Ciara Scanlon during the women’s Interprovincial at  Irish Independent Park, Cork. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo

Anna Doyle didn’t have to look very far to source inspiration. Lucy Mulhall, the captain of the Ireland women’s sevens team, is her cousin and someon(...)

Billy Joel doing his bit to boost profits at the Aviva stadium in June last year.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Events including Ireland’s historic win over the All Blacks and a Billy Joel concert at the Aviva stadium last year contributed to the firm operating (...)

If the proposed redevelopment of the Sportsground is approved its maximum capacity would double in size to 12,000. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

When historians come to write about Connacht Rugby in decades, or even longer, from now, they’ll assuredly cite the late 2010s as a major crossroads i(...)

FAI chief executive John Delaney and   IFA chief executive Patrick Nelson  in  Windsor Park,  Belfast, to  announce their intention to submit a joint bid to host the Uefa Under-21 Championship in 2023. Photograph:  Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

The intention of the FAI and IFA to bid together for the right to host the European Under-21 Championships in 2023 was confirmed in Belfast on Friday,(...)

Ben Robinson died after a school rugby match in Co Antrim in 2011.

The story of Ben Robinson (14), who died after a school rugby match in Co Antrim in 2011, changed what the word “concussion” means to many parents on (...)

Ireland women’s team were turned down the chance of a Test series in Australia despite offer to cover costs. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

The IRFU rejected an offer from Rugby Australia to host a historic three-test double-header of men’s and women’s internationals. A formal invitation (...)

Bernard Foley at number 10 is a certainty for Australia. Photo: Getty Images

Clash of cultures. The Australia squad announcement on Fox Sports this morning (10.30am Irish time) allows Joe Schmidt to ignite precise preparations (...)

Tadhg Furlong:  his  soaring market value forced the IRFU to offer a significant pay increase, to €500,000 a year while still way short of the figures an international tighthead prop commands in the English Premiership or French Top 14.  Photograph:  David Rogers/Getty Images

Tadhg Furlong’s three-year contract, one of 21 contracts announced by Leinster on Wednesday, puts the 25-year-old in Irish rugby’s high earner bracket(...)

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