Joe Schmidt is World Rugby’s newly created “director of rugby and high performance”. File photograph: Getty Images

Schmidt lays down the laws Joe Schmidt is back people! And the referees are his new pet project. Some advice for the Six Nations touch judges and TMO(...)

South African president Nelson Mandela presents the William Webb Ellis trophy to captain Francois Pienaar after the victory over New Zealand in the 1995 Rugby World Cup Final at Ellis Park in Johannesburg. Photograph:  Billy Stickland/Inpho

Poisonous coffee. The Friday morning before the World Cup final Frank Bunce gingerly moved off his toilet bowl to track down Dr Mike Bowen. “Doc, I g(...)

Canterbury have apologised for their handling of the Ireland women’s kit launch.

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Hayden Hyde scores Ireland’s second try during the Under-20 Six Nations match against England at Franklin’s Gardens in February. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Do you reckon Ireland would have been durable enough to complete the Grand Slam at Twickenham on St Patrick’s Day in 2018 without their Auckland bruis(...)

CJ Stander: “The last six weeks have been the best time of my life.” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Playing Test match rugby doesn’t require knowledge about the past anymore. For the players anyway. All that’s needed is a performance, recovery and o(...)

It’s no fun having to tackle someone like Mathieu Bastareaud if he gets a 10-yard run on you. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Every World Cup has its own personality, a style of play that evolves the game of rugby. This year will be no different. We have already seen most of (...)

A fresh faced Brian O’Driscoll scores his first try for Ireland against the USA in their opening game of the 1999 Rugby World Cup. Photograph: Inpho

The great Brian O’Driscoll returned 46 international tries for Ireland in a stunning career lasting more than 15 years and 133 caps. But before record(...)