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Munster’s Kenyon Knox celebrates winning a penalty against Connacht during the Pro14 clash at the  Sportsground last December. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

So, how was the Bundesliga for you? For sure, not all rugby supporters are also football fans, much less of the German top flight, but with rugby in m(...)

Ireland head coach Andy Farrell and captain Johnny Sexton at the Ireland Rugby press conference in Energia Park, Donnybrook on Friday: ‘There are a lot of ifs, buts and maybes.’ Photograph: Tommy Dickson

Although Andy Farrell admitted he and the Irish squad remain in the dark about a possible date for rearranging next Saturday’s postponed Ireland-Italy(...)

 Keith Earls after  scoring his try against England in 2010. Photo: David Rogers/Getty Images

Ireland have travelled to Twickenham in the middle round of the Six Nations on three previous occasions and, in their own way, they have been landmark(...)

 Ireland’s Tommy Bowe celebrates as he scores the late match-winning try against England at Twickenham in 2010. Photograph:  Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

Twickenham will never change for me. Strolling up to RFU headquarters on Sunday I know the same uncomfortable feeling will creep to the surface. You (...)

 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 (...)

 England head coach Eddie Jones has rarely sounded so completely at  ease. Photograph:  David Rogers/Getty Images

In a pre-final waltz worthy of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers the players, coaches and backroom staff of England and South Africa have all packed thei(...)

England winger Joe Cokanasiga  is tackled by USA prop David Ainuu as he runs in to score a try during Rugby World Cup Pool C at the Kobe Misaki Stadium. Photograph: Filippo Monteforte/AFP/Getty Images

The hardest yards at the Rugby World Cup come in midweek, when the big dogs bark and the yappy ones get chomped. How do you cover a game where everyon(...)

Eddie Jones: “If they play for the team they have a better chance of putting themselves in the selection mix. It’s a marathon. The World Cup is not a sprint.” Photograph: Filippo Montefore/AFP/Getty

In the kaleidoscopic mind of Eddie Jones, the USA’s rugby players have spent a few baking days in the old battle grounds of Okinawa taking Full Metal (...)

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(...)

New Zealand coach Steve Hansen: “I can’t be telling you Irish too much. You are number one in the world. You should be telling us. What do you think? Think it’s a good idea?”

The long and winding Steve Hansen media tour is scheduled to end November 2nd. That last gig in Yokohama is sold out but may yet be cancelled. All Bl(...)

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