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Aviva Stadium head groundsman Majella Smyth vuts the grass at the stadium on Tuesday. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Testing for temperatures and coronavirus symptoms, travelling to and from training individually, and without use of the showers or other facilities in(...)

A Covid-19 public information leaflet at Tullamore Rugby Club in Offaly. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

When the IRFU announced last Friday that the 2019-20 club/domestic game was being abandoned for the season this news was soon overtaken later in the d(...)

 Tadhg Furlong scores his side’s second try. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Ireland 19 Wales 10 Top of the world ma. Not perfect, but much more like it. Far from derailed, Ireland duly completed a deserved double over Wales w(...)

Former Scotland and British and Irish Lions lock Doddie Weir announced last year that he is suffering from motor neurone disease. Photograph: Getty Images

The Welsh Rugby Union and Scottish Rugby say they will “donate directly” to Doddie Weir’s motor neurone disease charity after next Saturday’s autumn T(...)

Rob Howley talks to Owen Farrell and Jonathan Sexton during the British & Irish Lions tour of New Zealand. Photo: David Rogers/Getty Images

Rob Howley has revealed that Ireland flanker Sean O’Brien has apologised to him following critical remarks he made of his coaching during the British (...)

Alun Wyn Jones: “You have to try and get into the mind of the opposition,” said the Welsh captain, “but it’s very easy to overthink these things.” Photograph: Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images

Alun Wyn Jones says Wales must be ready to “expect the unexpected” when they chase a 10th successive victory over Scotland on Saturday. Wales will ar(...)

Sam Warburton is expected to relinguish the Wales captaincy. Photograph:  Anthony Au-Yeung/Getty Images.

Alun Wyn Jones could be announced next week as Wales captain for this season’s Six Nations Championship. The 31-year-old Ospreys lock’s possible appo(...)

 Minster for Foreign Affairs  Charlie Flanagan  and the New Zealand Foreign Minister  Murray McCully at Iveagh House Wednesday. Photograph: Maxwells

A senior figure in the New Zealand government has given his support to Ireland’s bid to host the Rugby World Cup in 2023. Ireland’s all-island bid f(...)

Dublin’s Bernard Brogan catches a ball over the head of Meath’s Mickey Burke. Photograph: Morgan Treacy

What the polar ice cap is to the world’s scientists, the high fetch is to the custodians of the GAA. Gaels have for decades worried and fretted over t(...)

Sonny Bill Williams of the New Zealand rugby sevens team is also accomplished at rugby union, league and boxing. photograph: Phil Walter/Getty Images.

He’s an offload machine, a type of flesh and blood magnet who pulls tacklers towards him and then wriggles his arms free to somehow lay off the ball t(...)

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