The  Soccer City Stadium in Johannesburg. South Africa has 14 stadiums with a capacity of over 40,000. Photograph: Doug Pensinger/Getty Images

Both the South African and French bids are, like that of Ireland into the third phase of the process, having hit the marks set down by World Rugby in (...)

Happier times: Olympic Council of Ireland president Pat Hickey, Olympic silver medal winner Annalise Murphy, and Minister for Sport Shane Ross last Tuesday. The following morning Hickey was arrested by Brazilian police.

Not long after the sailors had returned to the beach at Gloria marina, a celebratory photograph was taken that would, by the following morning, seem (...)

 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(...)

England and Saracens lock George Kruis has been cited for an alleged bite in Friday’s Aviva Premiership clash at Bath, the Rugby Football Union has announced. Photograph: David Davies/PA

George Kruis, arguably the outstanding player of the Six Nations Championship, could miss the rest of the season after being charged with biting a fel(...)

World Rugby say no player who was tested during the recent World Cup was doping. Photograph: Getty Images

Of 468 tests conducted on behalf of World Rugby by UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) prior to and during this year’s Rugby World Cup, not one returned positive. (...)

Past and present New Zealand players, including Tana Umaga, perform the haka at a public memorial service for Jonah Lomu. Photograph: Getty

A public memorial service to remember New Zealand rugby great Jonah Lomu took place at Eden Park stadium in Auckland on Monday. World Rugb(...)

New Zealand’s team celebrates with the Webb Ellis trophy after winning the Rugby World Cup Final against Australia at Twickenham. Photograph: Stefan Wermuth/Reuters

The 2015 Rugby World Cup won by New Zealand was hailed by organisers on Sunday as the biggest, best and most competitive yet. The All Blacks’ 34-17 fi(...)

France warm up for the game against Canada. “The World Cup is really something special in France.  It’s a competition that works well with the French for some reason.” Photo: Darren Staples/Reuters

And so it has come to pass pretty much exactly as expected. France were long ago cast as 18/1 outsiders, incapable of finishing in the top half of the(...)

Sophie, Spence, pictured here in action against Scotland at Cumbernauld during the 2015 Six Nations campaign, has been shortlisted for the World Rugby Women’s Player of the Year award. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ireland secondrow Sophie Spence has been shortlisted for the World Rugby Women’s Player of the Year 2015. The 28-year-old played a key role as Irelan(...)

Ireland will face competition from France, Italy and South Africa to hold the 2023 Rugby World Cup. Photograph: PA

France, Italy and South Africa will provide Ireland’s competition in the bid to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup. World Rugby have announced the four un(...)

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