Brett Gosper

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Joe Schmidt is World Rugby’s new Director of Rugby and High Performance. File photograph: Inpho

World Rugby’s appointment of Joe Schmidt as their newly created “director of rugby and high performance” provides the ultimate example of poacher turn(...)

A crowd of 37,000 could be allowed into Wellington’s Sky Stadium for the New Zealand v Australia Bledisloe Cup match next Sunday. Photograph: Marty Melville/Inpho

That Micheál Martin and pals are the first generation of anti-Treatyites to let builders demolish The O’Rahilly’s house would not have been lost on th(...)

Australia have received another boost in their bid to host the 2027 Rugby World Cup, with World Rugby set to announce the next two men’s and women’s t(...)

Munster’s Joey Carbery is tackled by Andrew Porter of Leinster during the Guinness Pro 14 game at  Thomond Park last December. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Guinness Pro14 chief executive Martin Anayi remains optimistic that a finale of sorts to the 2019-20 campaign can still be salvaged from the damage ca(...)

Ireland players might see little or no action with their provinces when rugby returns. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Salvaging as much as possible from the international calendar in 2020 remains the priority of World Rugby and the CEOs of the Tier One nations. Accord(...)

Ardie Savea, Sonny Bill Williams and George Bridge train ahead of Saturday’s clash with Ireland. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

President John F Kennedy famously said “the time to fix the roof is when the sun is shining.” In other words, when you know an approaching event will (...)

Ireland’s Leah Lyons in action against Italy during the Women’s Six Nations Championship in Parma earlier this year. Photograph: ©INPHO/Matteo Ciambelli

Leading figures in global rugby – from Bernard Laporte to Raelene Castle – lunched at the Irish Georgian Society’s home on South William Street i(...)

Johnny Sexton of Ireland is tackled by Kieran Read of New Zealand. Both players emphatically rejected proposal of a new World League.  Photograph:  Phil Walter/Getty Images

The system, quite clearly, is broken. What’s blindingly obvious is the need to establish a global calendar before any World League and lucrative broa(...)

 World Rugby chairman Bill Beaumont will convene a meeting of stakeholders in Dublin to discuss proposals for a new World Rugby League. Photograph: Issei Kato/Reuters

World Rugby chairman Bill Beaumont will convene a meeting in Dublin later this month in a bid to discuss proposals for a World Rugby League that has d(...)

Brett Gosper has promised the Pacific Islanders would not be “shut out”  of any World League creation. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Hold Goschot to account This time, Brett Gosper must be held to account for what he says. In May 2016 the chief executive emerged from a World Rugby (...)

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