Lower ambitions is the clear IRFU message in their Women in Rugby – Action Plan 2018-23. Objectives for the Six Nations up to 2023 is one title c(...)

Su Carty (right) with Ireland international Niamh Briggs

The IRFU have announced the appointment of Su Carty as a representative to the World Rugby Council, following World Rugby’s decision to invite unions (...)

French rugby president Bernard Laporte  in London on November  15th after France is named to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup. Photograph:  AFP Photo/Adrian Dennis

At the end of several World Cup 2023 bid presentations, in far-flung rugby outposts, the hosts would wonder aloud: “What are you going to do for us?” (...)

 IRFU chief executive Philip Browne speaks to the press after it was announced that France will host  the 2023 Rugby World Cup:  “Scotland went for the money and Wales went out of solidarity with Gareth Davies. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

When the votes had been cast and the dust had settled, the bitter reality for the Irish delegation as they headed to Heathrow Airport from yesterday’s(...)

The host for the 2023 Rugby World Cup will be unveiled on Wednesday. Photograph: Getty Images

October 31st: Rugby World Cup Board recommends South Africa as RWC 2023 host. “This is the first Rugby World Cup host selection to take place followi(...)

Among the Irish delegation for 2023 Rugby World Cup Bid: Dick Spring, Ireland 2023 bid chairman; Philip Browne, chief executive IRFU, Philip Orr, IRFU president and Brian O’Driscoll. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Like all secret ballots, following the conclusion of frenetic behind-the-scenes lobbying, today’s long-awaited vote by members of the World Rugby Coun(...)

IRFU chief executive  Philip Browne:  he   queried whether Rugby World Cup Ltd examined reasons for the Commonwealth Games being take out of Durban in a “substantive manner”. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

World Rugby and the South African Rugby Union (SARU) have privately expressed disappointment at critical reactions from Ireland and France after last (...)

IRFU chief executive Philip Browne at the 2023 Rugby World Cup bid presentation at the Royal Garden Hotel, London in September. Photo: Billy Stickland/Inpho

The war of words between the Ireland 2023 Oversight Board, the IRFU and World Rugby continues to escalate on a daily basis, with the union’s chief exe(...)

Ireland’s bid director and IRFU’s chief operating officer Kevin Potts (right): “We have reflected on the report in a measured way; we haven’t panicked.” Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ireland will canvass World Rugby Council members over the next fortnight to persuade them that, despite finishing behind South Africa and France in a (...)

Dick Spring, Ireland 2023 bid chairman, Philip Browne, chief executive, IRFU, Philip Orr, IRFU president,  bid ambassador Brian O’Driscoll and the Ireland delegation arriving  in south Kensington, London. Photograph:  Billy Stickland/Inpho

Now to the waiting game. The Irish bidding team for the 2023 Rugby World Cup emerged from Monday’s presentations to the World Rugby Council content th(...)

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