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Connacht  head coach Andy Friend is very bullish about a squad which he believes can go to a new level. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Rugby has major problems if last Friday’s game between Glasgow and Leinster in Scotstoun is any yardstick. Overlong games punctuated by regular recour(...)

Chris Busby awards Ospreys a penalty during the Guinness Pro 14 game against Leinster at the RDS. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

We all know that a week is a long time in politics. Well, it seems it can be a very short time in rugby. Extraordinary events in Exeter, an epic enco(...)

Joe Schmidt: World Rugby have given Schmidt a daunting new brief. Not many people would consider taking on such an enormous task but it sounds like a job made for Ireland’s meticulous former coach. Photograph: Adam Davy/PA

Joe Schmidt has taken up an interesting position inside World Rugby. The Director of Rugby and High Performance title has been created for him. It is (...)

According to reports over the weekend, World Rugby are seemingly offering Joe Schmidt a new role. File photograph: Inpho

Schmidt - Act II Looks like Joe Schmidt has an employment opportunity that would keep him in Dublin while encouraging a deep dive into the mechanics (...)

Niall Saunders in action during the 2016 World Rugby Under-20 Championship semi-final. File photograph: Inpho

Niall Saunders and Ben Betts, members of the Ireland Under-20 squad that reached the Junior World Championship final in 2016, have both retired from p(...)

Alain Rolland took charge of the 2014 Heineken Cup Final between Toulon and Saracens. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Alain Rolland is to step down as World Rugby’s high-performance 15s match officials’ manager after just over four years in the role. The Irish Times h(...)

Canadian singer Justin Bieber has  been allowing some fans to speak with him directly on a live Instragram stream. Photograph: Lisa O’Connor/AFP via Getty

An Irish teenager who got to speak to Justin Bieber via a live video stream on social media has said she is “still in shock”. Transition year student(...)

Ireland’s Conor Murray with referee Mathieu Raynal during the meeting with Wales last year. Photo: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Ireland v Scotland Referee: Mathieu Raynal Raynal, who red carded CJ Stander for a collision that knocked out Springbok outhalf Patrick Lambie in 20(...)

Former Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt in his new book Ordinary Joe reveals the difficult calls he had to make for the World Cup and his regrets. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

A potential six-week suspension for Devin Toner was a contributory factor in the decision not to include the long-serving Leinster and Irish lock in I(...)

What was Jaco Peyper (centre) thinking at that moment? The answer is, unfortunately, probably “nothing”. Photograph: Ashley Western/PA Wire

Inevitably, and disappointingly, I must start with the Jaco Peyper photograph. After Wales’s 20-19 win over France in the quarter-finals, he joined wi(...)

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