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 SRU chief operating officer Dominic McKay: he conceded  that filling a 60,000 capacity will represent “a challenge”. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The decision to host the 2018-19 Guinness Pro14 final in Celtic Park, known also as Paradise, reflects a vision by the tournament organisers to make t(...)

The bioengineers found high-impact tackles to the upper trunk (with no head contact) can cause ball carrier head motion similar to that reported for concussion injuries. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Rugby players are at a higher risk of suffering head injuries when making – rather than receiving – tackles, according to researchers at Trinity Colle(...)

Fiona Coghlan: acted as a World Cup ambassador during last year’s tournament in Dublin and Belfast.  Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

An Irish woman will be added to the World Rugby council. The IRFU have confirmed that John O’Driscoll and Pa Whelan will be joined by a third person,(...)

Ireland’s Rugby World Cup head of bid Kevin Potts pictures with IRFU chief executive Philip Browne back in March after a two-day site visit by the World Rugby Technical Review Group. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The Irish Times has learned that Ireland’s overall financial bid to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup closely matched South Africa’s commercial offer and (...)

Shane Ross has said Ireland can still win its bid for the 2023 Rugby World Cup. File photograph: ©INPHO/Bryan Keane

The Government has insisted Ireland can still secure the Rugby World Cup in 2023, despite the World Rugby Technical Review Group endorsing South Afric(...)

 Wales’ Rhys Webb receives medical attention after sustaining an injury against Wales. Photograph: Reuters

World Rugby has issued a crackdown on dangerous play involving the head by reminding referees to punish any severe examples with a red card. On the (...)

England prop Joe Marler is being investigated by World Rugby for racist abuse of  Wales prop Samson Lee. Photograph: Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty

Rugby is in the dock again. Some day soon the Joe Marler affair might be settled – an independent hearing before three wise men having been appointed (...)

“The majority of all injuries occur during contact or collision, such as the tackle and the scrum,” says the open letter from the health professionals. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

World Rugby has said that the proposals outlined in an open letter signed by more than 70 doctors and health experts would have injurious effects on y(...)

Wales fullback Liam Williams was the latest player from Warren Gatland’s squad to be ruled out of tournament. Photograph: Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

Despite the mounting injury count to Welsh and Irish players, World Rugby says it is not alarmed by attrition rates in teams. Figures from this World(...)

Wales coach Warren Gatland has yet to indicate who would provide “suitably trained and experienced” cover at hooker in the event of either Ken Owens or Scott Baldwin getting injured. Photograph:  Getty Images.

Wales and Australia will receive no sympathy from Rugby World Cup organisers if their decision to pick only two specialist hookers in their squads bac(...)

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