Brian O’Driscoll and Paul O’Connell after losing to Argentina in the 2007 Rugby World Cup. Photograph: Getty Images

Ireland’s rugby authorities were so worried about media leaks after a disastrous World Cup campaign that they employed a former British military intel(...)

Ireland players  after their 2015 Rugby World Cup quarter-final, at the Millenium Stadium, Cardiff, Wales. File photograph: ©INPHO/Matteo Ciambelli

Amongst the many ambitious goals in the IRFU’s Strategic Plan for the next five years, which was launched yesterday, were to reach the World Cup semi-(...)

The Connacht backs huddle on the back pitch at the Sportsground. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Connacht have announced redevelopment plans for the Sportsground in Galway city, their home since 1927. The project will deliver what they describe a(...)

Ireland’s bid director and IRFU’s chief operating officer Kevin Potts (right): “We have reflected on the report in a measured way; we haven’t panicked.” Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ireland will canvass World Rugby Council members over the next fortnight to persuade them that, despite finishing behind South Africa and France in a (...)

IRFU chief executive  Phillip Browne, who attended Wednesday’s meeting, will travel on to London today for a meeting of Celtic Rugby Ltd. Photograph: Inpho

A resolution to the impasse regarding a future pan-European Cup involving all six competing nations moved a step closer yesterday after a positive (...)