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(...)

 Wayne Barnes: made a profoundly flawed decision late in the South Africa v New Zealand clash at Ellis Park which saw South Africa end the All Blacks’ unbeaten run. Photo:  David Rogers/Getty Images

The last time South Africa played a match, four weeks ago, they ended a five-match losing run against New Zealand and in the process ended the All Bla(...)

Pembroke House: let to IRB for €484 a square metre.

The International Rugby Board (IRB) is to move to a new headquarters building at 8-10 Lower Pembroke Street in Dublin 2. The organisation will be payi(...)

 Steffon Armitage could be set for a return to England to try and revive his international career. Photograph:  Nick Laham/Getty Images

Steffon Armitage is on the verge of an unforeseen return home to the English Premiership from Toulon. The flanker is rapidly running out of time if he(...)

 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 (...)

Ireland physio James Allen and team doctor Dr Eanna Falvey attend Luke Marshall during a Six Nations Championship game. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Concussion visited Leinster House yesterday. In many ways that in itself was a triumph. That legislators wanted to know about the newest, perhaps most(...)

Steffon Armitage: last season named European player of the year after helping Toulon win the Heineken Cup and French league title. Photograph: Gaizka Iroz/AFP/Getty Images

England flanker Steffon Armitage is on a 10-man list of foreign players who could potentially be picked to play international rugby for France, accord(...)

Both the Irish Rugby Football Union and the International Rugby Board have recently put in place protocols to assess the severity of head shocks. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Two researchers from the University of Birmingham have unveiled a series of biological tests to diagnose concussions in sports injuries. Prof Tony Bel(...)

Toulon’s Steffon Armitage: considering options due	 to England’s refusal to pick anyone who is based overseas. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

The International Rugby Board is ready to block exploitation of a loophole in qualifying regulations for Rio 2016 that enables players to switch natio(...)

Concussion risks
  • Health
  • September 1, 2014, 01:00

Concussion, a traumatic brain injury resulting in a disturbance of brain function, most commonly occurs in driving accidents and in some sports. Yet l(...)

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