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Ireland’s Conor Murray, Caelan Doris, Jack Conan and Tadhg Beirne celebrate a famous victory over the All Blacks at the Aviva Stadium. File photograph: Inpho

When Ireland had the temerity to almost draw with the All Blacks in the second Test of their series in 2012, they paid for it in the third. The All B(...)

Sonny Bill Williams: ‘Now, I don’t wake up with a hangover and feeling disgusted in myself and soulless. Now, I feel a life of empowerment.’

There is one photograph that Sonny Bill Williams knew he wanted to include in his book. It’s a simple late-1980s Polaroid-quality image: Sonny giddy i(...)

David Humphreys believes World 12s could do for rugby what the Indian Premier League did for cricket. Photograph:  Dan Mullan/Getty Images

World 12s, the international rugby organisation responsible for the proposed new annual rugby 12s tournament in 2022, has today announced David Humphr(...)

The inaugural edition of the proposed Rugby 12s competition would be held in England. Photograph: Harry Trump/Getty

World Rugby has issued a lukewarm response to the proposed new World 12s competition that is being positioned as rugby’s equivalent to the Indian Prem(...)

 New Zealand head coach Ian Foster has been reappointed up until the end of the 2023 World Cup. Photograph:  Mike Egerton/PA Wire

New Zealand coach Ian Foster has been reappointed through to the end of the 2023 Rugby World Cup in France after guiding the All Blacks to victory ove(...)

Lions coach Warren Gatland would like to see extra-time being played if Saturday’s third Test ends in a draw after 80 minutes. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Warren Gatland would be in favour of Saturday’s third Test decider between the British & Irish Lions and South Africa going to extra-time in the e(...)

Japan competed well with the Lions in a 28-10 defeat at Murrayfield last week. Photograph: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

Once upon a time it was France. Often times it’s been the All Blacks. Very often it’s been Fiji. For a while it was Argentina. But, since the last Wor(...)

Ireland head coach Andy Farrell has been part of the negotiation process with the seven players whose IRFU central contracts expired this summer. File photograph: PA

Different time, different head coach, wildly contrasting results. For numerous reasons. Beating Scotland and England would fatten up statistics that (...)

Ireland’s Caelan Doris in action against Scotland in the  Autumn Nations Cup at the Aviva Stadium on December 5th, 2020. The 22-year-old is not expected to return to the squad for the foreseeable future due to a head injury. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

It’s a rest weekend in the Six Nations, so I thought I’d open a time capsule. It’s November 1978. Wales are just moments away from a famous victory a(...)

Former Lansdowne head coach Mike Ruddock. Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

The Ruddocks’ Celtic union was formed, naturally enough, over pints after Welsh choir practice in Dublin. The Irish bloodlines go deeper than you mig(...)

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