Racing 92 supporters cheer during the  Champions Cup final against  Saracens at the Stade de Lyon in  May, 2016. Photograph:  David Rogers/Getty Images

Beyoncé and Jay Z will put Dan Carter and Racing 92 out of the U Arena on May 5th. Paris can always attract a bigger superstar and Jacky Lorenzetti ha(...)

IRFU chief executive Philip Browne talks to the media after the decision to award ther 2023 Rugby World Cup to FRance was made in London. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Six years of work having ended in defeat in their bid to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup, the IRFU chief executive Philip Browne said it was too soon to(...)

Bernard Laporte, president of the French Rugby Federation, at  a press conference after France presented its  bid in London to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup. Photograph: Getty Images

Money talks in sport, and World Rugby is no exception, not least with its once-every-four-years World Cup. This is the governing body’s main cash co(...)

 A view of Ireland’s proposal. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

If their press conferences at the Royal Garden Hotel in Kensington were any yardstick whatsoever, the Irish bid to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup was c(...)

Dick Spring (Ireland 2023 Bid Chairman), Philip Browne (Chief Executive IRFU), and Brian O’Driscoll arrive at the 2023 Rugby World Cup Bid Presentation in Royal Garden Hotel, South Kensington, London. Photo: Billy Stickland/Inpho

British Prime Minister Theresa May has given her backing to Ireland’s bid to host the World Cup in 2023. Ireland’s Taoiseach Leo Varadkar revealed th(...)

Paul O’Connell celebrates scoring a try against Wales in 2002. Photograph: Inpho

Alas and alack, there will be no Indian Summer on the Côte d’Azur. Regrets, he’ll have a few, right until the anti-climactic end and that is indeed a (...)

Argentina are jubilant after beating host nation France 17-12 in the opening game of the 2007 Rugby World Cup. Photograph: Getty

More often than not the first game of the Rugby World Cup is a ceremonial affair, giving the host nation the chance to get an early win under their be(...)

Sale’s Sebastien Chabal is wrapped up by Munster’s Donncha O’Callaghan during the clubs’ 2006 Heineken Cup meeting. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho.

Remember the 2006 Sale game in Limerick? The English club had beaten Munster 27-13 the previous October so a statement was needed.No better man to br(...)

Gordon D’Arcy’s beard: notable for its thrust. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Gordon D’Arcy’s beard. It deserves its own ghostwriter at this stage. It’s a glorious sight, notable for its thrust, shape and abundance. You half-exp(...)

Brett Meyers, chief executive of CurrencyFair, explains how he convinced  Sebastian Chabal to dress up as a fairy.

The new Irish Times business and technology podcast is being piloted today.The show is presented by award-winning journalist Tom Lyons and produced by(...)

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