Beaumont Bill

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Bill Beaumont,  chairman of World Rugby  with JR2019 dignitaries during the traditional opening of the sake barrel during the pre Rugby World Cup  reception  in Kyoto, Japan. Photograph:  Dave Rogers/World Rugby/Gettys)

Ireland have never reached the semi-finals of a World Cup in eight previous attempts but for the first time in history they will go into today’s draw (...)

A banner at the Aviva Stadium during the Guinness November series.  Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Unlike previous World Cup bidding processes, the three-way contest to host the 2023 tournament appears less likely to come down to behind-the-scenes m(...)

World Rugby have announced a new yearly schedule, which will include an earlier start date for the Rugby World Cup. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

World Rugby has announced a new long-term fixture harmony for Test matches, an agreement that will commence in 2020 and run until 2032. Some of the p(...)

Romain Poite speaks to Danny Care and Dylan hartley during England’s Six Nations win over Italy. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

World Rugby has given its backing to the referee Romain Poite after Eddie Jones criticised the Frenchman for his performance during England’s Six Nati(...)

England’s Dylan Hartley speaks to referee Romain Poite about Italy’s tactics of not committing men to rucks during their Six Nations clash. Photo:  Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

George Ford has called on World Rugby to change its laws before England face Scotland after their 36-15 bonus-point victory against Italy, which was d(...)

Ireland team manager Mick Kearney. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

This November series is Mick Kearney’s last stint as Irish manager. Having taken over from Paul McNaughton in January 2012, he has worked al(...)

World Rugby chairman Bill Beaumont has said that the three-year eligibility rule is being reviewed. Photo: PA

World Rugby chairman Bill Beaumont has said that the three-year eligibility rule is being reviewed. “We are constantly reviewing all our laws and thi(...)

Ireland players  Niamh Briggs, Alison Miller, Clare McLaughlin and Nora Stapleton following the Women’s Rugby  World Cup pool draw at Belfast City Hall on Wednesday. Photograph:  Brian Lawless/PA

The Great Room in Belfast’s City Hall, flag free and cheerily welcoming. The Peace Proms Choir singing Ireland’s Call in a less punked-out way than th(...)

Chief executive of Pro12 Martin Anayi. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Martin Anayi, the Pro12 chief executive, has confirmed that the Pro12 may expand into North America. Discussions are taking place between the Pro12(...)

Could we see the Six Nations Championship being played in April? Photograph: Getty Images

Newly installed World Rugby chairman Bill Beaumont has hinted that the Six Nations could be moved back a month to April as part of his attempts to in(...)

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