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 Bill Beaumont has been elected as the new chairman of World Rugby. Photograph: Getty

Bill Beaumont has been unanimously elected as chairman of World Rugby. The 64-year-old England Grand Slam-winning captain will take up his post on Ju(...)

Dejected looking Ireland players after the Six Nations defeat to France at Parc de France last month. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho.

In 1996, 20 years ago almost to the day, the first game of professional rugby was played. It was between the New South Wales Waratahs and the Transvaa(...)

“We’re obviously aware of what’s at stake. You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to work it out,” says England coach Stuart Lancaster of his side’s World Cup clash with Australia. Henry Browne/Reuters

Stuart Lancaster and Chris Robshaw were explaining on Thursday how players remove themselves from what could otherwise become a suffocating world of(...)

BBC and ITV have agreed a six-year deal to broadcast the Six Nations Championship. Photograph:  Donall Farmer/Inpho

BBC and ITV have signed a six-year deal that will see the Six Nations Championship remain on terrestrial television, with ITV set to broadcast Ireland(...)

Big blokes, these rugby men. Irish sides are not renowned as behemoths of the rugby world but Joe Schmidt’s side of today still dwarfs those of 30 yea(...)

“Ireland played great footy and deserved to win (last November), but the kicking was way too much. That’s not how we play. The mindset is a massive difference.”

The Six Nations is the pinnacle of European international rugby. The greats of the game, leapt to the world’s attention through their actions in the c(...)

 Tom Grace is the new Chairman of the Lions Board. Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The British & Irish Lions today announced the appointment of Tom Grace as the new chairman of the Lions Board. He succeeds Gerald Davies who had o(...)

Keith Earls: “I am delighted to sign a new IRFU contract.” Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Progress can be underwhelming at times. At least that appears to be the case for the Six Nations Council as they released a statement following a m(...)

BBC sports commentator David Coleman at Manchester United’s Old Trafford ground for the first division game with Sheffield United. The veteran broadcaster has died at the age of 87, the BBC has announced. Photograph: BBC/PA

David Coleman, a dominant voice of British television sport for almost four decades, has died at the age of 87, leaving a generation of football and a(...)

English Rugby Football Union chairman Bill Beaumont attended talks in Dublin on the future of European club competition. Photograph:   Jan Kruger/Getty Images

English rugby boss Ian Ritchie left crisis talks on the future of European rugby by promising to continue the mediation in January.English Rugby Footb(...)

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