David Nucifora

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Mike Catt will join the Irish coaching team after the 2019 Rugby World Cup. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Mike Catt is to join the Ireland coaching team in the wake of the 2019 Rugby World Cup and ahead of the 2020 Six Nations, the IRFU has confirmed. Cat(...)

Ireland’s Jacob Stockdale scores a try despite Damian McKenzie and Aaron Smith of New Zealand during the Guinness November Series win over the All Blacks. Photo: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

The season just gone lingers into the next campaign, and particularly the World Cup, with barely a pause for breath, especially for the players and ba(...)

The IRFU have confirmed Rob Kearney’s contract extension. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The IRFU have announced fullback Rob Kearney has agreed a new deal until the end of the 2019-20 season. Kearney confirmed on Monday he had received a(...)

Rob Kearney celebrates Leinster’s Guinness Pro 14 with   James Lowe and brother  Dave after the victory over Glasgow Warriors at Celtic Park. Photograph:  Billy Stickland/Inpho

Rob Kearney has confirmed that he has agreed a nine-month extension to his contract with the IRFU, meaning he will remain with Leinster until the end (...)

The Ireland team before their Six Nations defeat to Wales at Principality Stadium, Cardiff. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

No sooner will the die be cast on the 2018-19 season than the countdown will begin to the World Cup when Joe Schmidt unveils a preliminary squad of 45(...)

Ireland Sevens celebrate  winning the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series qualifier final, Hong Kong Stadium  in April. Photograph: INPHO/Yu Chun Christopher Wong

Despite qualifying for next year’s Men’s Sevens World Series, the IRFU insists on keeping the players on the same basic annual salary of €18,000 – les(...)

David Nucifora: joined the IRFU in 2014. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

IRFU performance director David Nucifora’s contract has been extended for a further further three years to the end of the 2021/22 season. Appointed i(...)

Munster head coach Johann van Graan after the defeat to Leinster in  their Pro 14 semi-final at the  RDS. He  has a point when highlighting that Munster won three more games in the Pro 14 this season than last. Photograph:  Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Come May only two teams, and sometimes it’s only one, do enough to lift silverware. For the rest the season generally ends in a defeat or coming up sh(...)

Johann van Graan: “In terms of the playing group, the management and the people involved in Munster rugby we’re going to give it everything we’ve got this weekend.” Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Saturday’s Pro14 semi-final between Leinster and Munster will assuredly hinge largely on how the former react to their first defeat in a European fina(...)

Munster backs and attack coach Felix Jones and forwards coach Jerry Flannery: leaving the province after 10 and 14 years of service, respectively. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Munster’s loss is set to be Ulster’s gain as Bill Johnston moves to Belfast. This could become a reversal of fortunes following the impact Chris Farre(...)

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