Fiona Coghlan

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Rassie Erasmus, the South Africa head coach, holds aloft the Webb Ellis Cup after their victory over England in the World Cup Final in  Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan. Photograph:  David Rogers/Getty Images

Springboks issues: History is initially written by the victors but that does not mean glaring concerns surrounding the Springboks should be ignored.(...)

Joe Schmidt’s Ireland tenure came to an end with Saturday’s defeat to the All Blacks. Photograph: Adam Davy/PA

Schmidt Happens He shook up the world order. Altered the way Irish rugby is perceived from Samoa to Bloemfontein. He gifted the most important people(...)

Ireland’s James Ryan in action against  Wales in  February  2018 at the Aviva. Gordon D’Arcy, Fiona Coghlan and John O’Sullivan view him as the top northern hemisphere player of the tournament. Photograph:  Julian Finney/Getty Images

Gerry Thornley (Rugby Correspondent) Q1 – How far can Ireland go (where does it end)? Ireland are one of several teams that could actually win the w(...)

Dan Van Zyl  runs the   Rugby Academy Ireland along with fellow South African Johan Taylor. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

“Last spring Academy Director Johan Taylor supervised the laying of a new rugby pitch with the most expensive turf and grass seed available; good job (...)

Tommy Bowe:  will  host the Rugby World Cup coverage on eir Sport where he’ll have a trio of ex-team-mates for company – Gordon D’Arcy, Peter Stringer and Jerry Flannery. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

This is very definitely a World Cup for people who get up early in the morning. And with 48 matches over 44 days, the schedule will be a gruelling en(...)

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt has called out the media for not helping Ireland’s cause. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

“Team Of Us” is a sponsor’s slogan Joe Schmidt’s polished demeanour was dampened in the principality. Privately, current and former players describe(...)

Former Ireland players Sophie Spence and Fiona Coghlan have spoken out about the IRFU’s rejection of a women’s Test series in Australia. Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Renowned Irish rugby players Sophie Spence and Fiona Coghlan have expressed outrage at the IRFU decision to reject a women’s test series in Australia (...)

The Ireland team celebrate winning the Grand Slam at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Consulting, farming, coaching and media darlings aplenty, here are the 2009 Grand Slammers revisited. The campaign got off to a stunning start with J(...)

Fiona Coghlan: acted as a World Cup ambassador during last year’s tournament in Dublin and Belfast.  Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

An Irish woman will be added to the World Rugby council. The IRFU have confirmed that John O’Driscoll and Pa Whelan will be joined by a third person,(...)

Ciara Kelly of Newstalk: in her first week Kelly has already left her searing stamp on her lunchtime slot

It’s a new show fronted by a rising presenter with a voice and backstory that stand apart from most of her career-broadcaster colleagues’. Yet as Ciar(...)

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