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URC chief executive Martin Anayi: ‘We’re loathe to change the season’s structure too much.’ Photograph:  Getty Images

The organisers of the United Rugby Championship (URC) and the unions of the five competing countries, including the IRFU, appear to be on something of(...)

Croke Park: given the Euros run from June to July, the likelihood of clashes with important championship matches would be strong, particularly under the current calendar with its July All-Irelands. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Hang around this game and you see everything twice – at least. Just over 20 years ago the GAA found itself in the middle of its first bid for the stag(...)

The IRFU is moving in the right direction to reform the women’s game. Photograph: Matteo Ciambelli/Inhpo

After six years of a precipitous decline for the Irish women’s team, things came to a not so pretty pass when Anthony Eddy’s comments absolving himsel(...)

David Nucifora: “Covid has affected us all in different ways . . . Personally, it’s put different stresses on me, separated from my family  [in Australia], which is difficult.”  Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Appropriately after such a challenging 15 months, especially financially, David Nucifora was notably less bullish than in his previous end-of-year or (...)

IRFU high performance director David Nucifora is able to point to the largely successful round of contract negotiations with players whose deals would have expired as of Tuesday. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Since becoming the IRFU’s high performance director in April 2014, David Nucifora has afforded the media end-of-year and end-of-season state of the un(...)

John McClean in 2001,when he was director of Rugby at UCD Rugby Club. File photograph: Matt Browne/Sportsfile

University College Dublin has said it does not hold any records related to convicted child abuser John McClean, who worked as director of the universi(...)

John McClean (76)  was sentenced to eight years in prison last week over the sexual abuse of 23 boys in Terenure College between 1973 and 1990. Photograph: Laura Hutton

Convicted child abuser John McClean, who was a former teacher and rugby coach at Terenure College, held a position of “royalty” within schoolboy rugby(...)

Tullamore RFC vs Bangor RFC last February. The AIL has been on ice for almost a year now. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

At his end-of-year briefing with the media when this reporter asked David Nucifora about the club game, the Union’s high performance director said: “I(...)

The GAA’s 2019 gate receipts came in at €36 million, the vast majority of which (€29 million) came from football and hurling championship fixtures. Photograph: Inpho

The GAA’s Central Council will reconvene on December 12th with a view to agreeing on a league and championship structure for the coming year in the fa(...)

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(...)

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