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The Ireland team for the Rugby World Cup quarter-final against France. Back Row (L-R) Nick Popplewell, Gary Halpin, Eric Elwood, David Corkery, Paddy Johns, Neil Francis, Gabriel Fulcher, Paul Wallace and Simon Geoghegan Front Row (L-R) Brendan Mullin, Darragh O’Mahony, Niall Hogan, Conor O’Shea and Jonathan Bell. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

On June 10th, 1995, 25 years ago this week, Ireland were beaten 36-12 by France in a Rugby World Cup quarter-final in King’s Park, Durban becoming the(...)

 Brian O’Driscoll is attended to by  physio Phil Pask and  Dr James Robson as he lies injured on the ground. Photograph: Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

On June 25th, 2005 Lions captain Brian O’Driscoll was the victim of a spear tackle 41 seconds into the first Test against New Zealand in the Jade stad(...)

World Rugby chairman Bill Beaumont is being challenged by  vice-chairman Agustín Pichot in Sunday’s vote. Photograph:  Dave Rogers/World Rugby via Getty Images

There may be no more on-field rugby contests for the foreseeable future but a hugely significant match-up takes place on Sunday when the World Rugby C(...)

World rugby chairman Bill Beaumont has suggested the res of the international rugby calendar could be scrapped. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Bill Beaumont believes it is a “distinct possibility” the international rugby calendar could be scrapped this year because of the coronavirus pandemic(...)

Six Nations 19/3/2000 France vs IrelandBrian O'Driscoll is surrounded by teamates�INPHO/Billy Stickland

There’s not much to celebrate these days but March 19th 2020 marks the 20th anniversary of one of the most seismic and memorable days in the history o(...)

England are back in contention for the 2020 Six Nations after Sunday’s crushing win over Ireland. Photograph: EPA

Redemption day; Eyes on the prize; Turbo-charged England back to their best; England land a KO to rekindle Six Nations bid. A selection of Monday mor(...)

Former Ireland captain Brian O’Driscoll has accused England head coach Eddie Jones of  scaremongering. photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Brian O’Driscoll has accused Eddie Jones of “scaremongering” and admitted he relished the sight of the England head coach’s comments backfiring so spe(...)

Ireland’s Andy Farrell at   training in Tokyo during the Rugby World Cup. His  first match as Ireland’s head coach is a Six Nations Championship game against Scotland at the Aviva stadium on  February, 1st. Photograph:  Billy Stickland/Inpho

Andy Farrell’s 45-man squad, his first as the new Ireland coach in succeeding Joe Schmidt, offers a selection of the old and the new, many borrowed fr(...)

 England prop Mako Vunipola practices his reactions with vision awareness coaches Sherylle Calder (right) and Christi Botha during a training session  at Fuchu Asahi Football Park  in Tokyo. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Potentially the most successful coach in the history of rugby union is hiding in plain sight. Maybe it is because she is a woman and gives relatively (...)

Ireland’s  Conor Murray  is tackled by New Zealand flanker Sam Cane. “Underhill and Curry have been pretty impressive,” said Cane. “They’ve both got a huge appetite for hard work, very good skill sets.” Photograph: Anne-Christine Poujoulat/AFP/Gettty

It would probably only deepen the wounds from last Saturday’s quarter-final in Tokyo Stadium were England to dethrone New Zealand in next Saturday’s p(...)

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