Omar Hassanein

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International Rugby Players association chief executive Omar Hassanein says players were never opposed to the concept of a world league. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Out of touch, money driven: late last February this combination of sound bites hit World Rugby’s unreleased plans for a Nations Championship. “To sug(...)

Ireland’s Leah Lyons in action against Italy during the Women’s Six Nations Championship in Parma earlier this year. Photograph: ©INPHO/Matteo Ciambelli

Leading figures in global rugby – from Bernard Laporte to Raelene Castle – lunched at the Irish Georgian Society’s home on South William Street i(...)

Johnny Sexton, in his role as International Rugby Players’ Council president, has  branded plans for an extended November window as out of touch. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

World Rugby’s “Nations Championship” proposal includes promotion and relegation from the Six Nations. The governing body confirmed that their plan f(...)

Ireland’s Jacob Stockdale scoring against the All Blacks last November. Under the new World League proposals, Ireland would face each of the Rugby Championship countries at least once every year. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Reports suggesting a World Rugby League has been agreed by all 12 participating countries and will begin in 2020 are liable to prove premature. Whatev(...)

 A view of a ‘Legacy?’ wristband worn by players during Old Belvedere’s match with  Blackrock on Sunday. Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

Rugby Players Ireland (RPI) are to represent the women’s national squad in their dispute with the IRFU. This follows a letter from the Ireland squad (...)

Rob Kearney with Omar Hassanein who is moving on from his post as CEO of Rugby Players Ireland to take up the same role with the International Rugby Players Association (IRPA). File photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Omar Hassanein has expressed his opposition, and that of Rugby Players Ireland (RPA), to the proposal for the Six Nations to be condensed from seven (...)

Omar Hassanein: “We surveyed our players . . 75-80 per cent  of those surveyed voted in favour of keeping the seven-week model.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Rugby Players Ireland chief executive, Omar Hassanein, has joined the chorus of disapproval about reducing the Six Nations Championship window to five(...)

The former Leinster, Connacht and Ulster scrumhalf Cillian Willis is suing his former club Sale Sharks for “clinical negligence”.

Rugby players and the IRFU are finding it more difficult to buy insurance as premium costs have begun to soar because of concussion. As insurance com(...)

Dr David Connolly of Dundalk FC with Kieran Loughran, chief executive of Headway,  at the launch of a concussion awareness programme in Dublin on Tuesday. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Universal protocols for dealing with sports-related concussions should be introduced to prevent instances of serious injury and even death, a campaign(...)

Munster and Ireland’s CJ Stander after being presented with the Zurich Irupa Players’ Player of the Year 2016 award. Photograph:: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

Stand up, CJ Stander, the man of the season. The 26-year-old South African-born Munster and Irish backrower has become only the third overseas player(...)

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