The benefits of free-to-air coverage of the Six Nations are immeasurable, the damage of any change would prove, as it has for FI and cricket, incalculable. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

It’s less than a quarter of a century since the then International Rugby Board declared rugby an ‘open’ game, and so as a professional sport it has ba(...)

Ben Robinson died as a result of second impact syndrome suffered in a match for Carrickfergus Grammar School in Januray 2011.

This will be the third occasion Karen Walton and Peter Robinson enter a courtroom on behalf of their son Benjamin. By issuing civil proceedings again(...)

France’s Guilhem Guirado should have been carded by referee Jaco Peyper after his late shoulder on Johnny Sexton during the Six Nations game in Paris. Photograph: Inpho.

When the International Rugby Board and the Rugby World Cup organisers clamped down on high hits and clearing out around the neck at rucks during the 2(...)

 Johnny Sexton was one of three Ireland players to suffer head injuries during the Autumn Internatonal against Australia. Photograph: Colm O’Neill/INPHO

An Oireachtas report has linked increasing size of players, especially in rugby, with a higher risk of concussion. The report from the Joint Committe(...)

Croke Park: under the deal reached last month, the 82,000-capacity stadium would be used for at least both semi-finals and the final of the 2023 Rugby World Cup if the bid was successful. Photograph: Inpho/Cahill Noonan.

The GAA has struck a funding deal to upgrade as many as six of its stadiums to be included in Ireland’s 2023 Rugby World Cup bid. The outline agreeme(...)

  RFU Chairman Bill Beaumont says the RWC is the third biggest global event and will be even bigger by 2023. Photograph:  David Rogers/Getty Images

Former Lions and England captain Bill Beaumont said that getting full government support and building strong partnerships with the GAA and other spo(...)

Samoa’s game   against England is set to go ahead after the visitors were threatened with World Cup expulsion if they boycotted the fixture

Samoa’s senior players only agreed to call off boycotting Saturday’s England match after claiming to be threatened with expulsion from next year’s Wor(...)

Debbie Jevans (R) and head of the Rugby World Cup Limited, Alan Gilpin (L) pose beside the Webb Ellis Cup, the winner’s trophy for the upcoming England 2015 Rugby World Cup. Photograph: Toshifumi Kitamura/Getty Images

Competing players at next summer’s rugby World Cup in England may be banned from using their mobile phones as concern grows over claims of match-fi(...)

An advertisement for 50, Jurgen Klinsmann during the USA’s training session in the Aviva. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho
The Morning Sports Briefing

As Ireland look to redeem themselves or as manager Martin O’Neill puts it; “get back to winning ways” against the USA in tonight’s international frien(...)

Former All Black captain Sean Fitzpatrick (above), ex-Argentina skipper Agustin Pichot and former France back Thomas Castaignede all gave their views. Photograph: EMPICS Sport

Rugby’s perpetual conflict about how best to spread the game at elite level was encapsulated on Monday when a panel of three leading former players vo(...)

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