Rod Mcloughlin

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Billy Holland’s Munster team take on Leinster in the Pro14 on August 22nd. File photograph: Inpho

The IRFU has confirmed that the PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) testing of players and staff at Leinster and Munster this week produced zero positive (...)

Action from the Energia All-Ireland League Division 1A match between UCD and Clontarf at   Belfield back in February. Photograph: Brian Reilly-Troy/Inpho

The IRFU have outlined structures for the coming season in relation to club rugby and a fixture schedule of interprovincial matches and Sevens tournam(...)

‘Now it’s starting to feel exciting again.’ Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Now it’s starting to feel exciting again. Next Monday the Leinster squad will resume training in our Performance Centre in UCD. After three months in (...)

Aviva Stadium: “Even when the stadium is empty it still costs a phenomenal amount of money to keep it running. You have security, pitch maintenance, rates of €900,000, insurance before you open the door. There are staff costs on top of that,” said  stadium director Martin Murphy. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

Brass tax. How long can the Aviva Stadium survive as a functioning business without supporters? “Not very long,” said stadium director Martin Murphy (...)

 Castres fullback Romain Teulet is carried off the field with a serious head injury during the Heineken Cup in 2002. Photograph: Getty Images

Sometimes science is slow to catch up. For example, “these guys are getting bigger, aren’t they?” is often heard during the rugby Six Nations, but now(...)

 Owen Farrell in action for Saracens in their Champions Cup match at Allianz Park, London, on October 20th. Photograph:   Steven Paston/PA Wire

Enough is enough Is this the moment rugby finally eats itself? The dinner table has certainly been set. Recently, information leaked from Saracens t(...)

Dr Micky Collins, executive director at University of Pittsburgh Medical Centre (UPMC): “There is clearly something wrong but we don’t know if concussion is the only variable in some of the scary things we are seeing.”  Photograph: by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

A fundamental disagreement in how brain injuries should be treated exists between leading US experts and what was agreed at last year’s international (...)

“If sub-concussive blows are the problem then there are big implications for the way the game is played. All games.”

A study of rugby playing teenagers has discovered sub-concussive blows can cause brain injury. Trinity College research group, led by Dr Colin Doher(...)

Irish international rugby player Gordon D’Arcy,   Rejuvenate Ireland organiser Calodagh McCumiskey and the Indian ambassador Mrs Vijay Thakur Singh. Photograph: Paul Sherwood

How we can make contact sports safer will be explored in a live-streamed public talk tonight at 6pm. Dr Bennet Omalu, a forensic neuropathologist who (...)

Dr Bennet Omalu: the forensic pathologist turned the pugilist moniker “punch drunk” into chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), following the autopsy of  Pittsburgh Steelers offensive lineman Mike Webster’s brain. Photograph: Mike Coppola/Getty Images

Dr Bennet Omalu’s recent appearance on TMZ – the trashiest corner of tabloidism – was motivated by a need to defend Gisele Bündchen. For 42 seconds o(...)

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