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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(...)

Fergus Slattery in action for Blackrock College RFC. Photograph:  Billy Stickland/Inpho

I know rugby has a serious problem with concussion. We all see what’s happening. This is a global problem for modern sport. Rugby Union is not America(...)

Saoirse Ronan in Brooklyn: There is no significant British investment in Ronan’s frame. The BBC has not financed Michael Fassbender’s left leg

Relations have not always been sweet between the two largest islands in our archipelago. After a millennium of atrocity, outrage, and misunderstanding(...)

Irish players warm up in the Keep Rugby Clean IRB Anti-doping tee shirts before the 2014 Junior World Championship match between Fiji and Ireland. Photo: Jason Oxenham/Getty Images

In 1997 a man was jailed for six months for peddling steroids in south Wales. Hardly a headline grabber, you might think, but this was no ba(...)

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