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Fiji would be one of the teams added to an expanded Rugby Championship. Photograph: Getty Images

World Rugby has extended its deadline for the Six Nations and Rugby Championship unions to take the concept of a Nations Championship a step further t(...)

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt is reported to have  turned down an offer to join the New Zealand coaching ticket last year. Photograph: Toby Melville/Reuters

New Zealand Rugby chief executive Steve Tew has confirmed that Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt turned down an approach to join the All Blacks coaching (...)

Ireland’s Jamie Heaslip at the Aviva Stadium. The IRFU  has indicated that category 1 tickets for the All Blacks at the Aviva Stadium on November 17th will be €100-plus. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Top-priced seats at Twickenham for England’s blockbuster fixture against New Zealand in November will cost more than €220 apiece with the Rugby Footba(...)

 Brad Shields in action for the Hurricanes against the Chiefs last month. Photograph: Mark Tantrum/Getty Images

Brad Shields has made an official request to be released by New Zealand Rugby for England’s tour of South Africa in an attempt to smooth a path toward(...)

World Rugby seem very reluctant to switch from the norm and take a chance on a bid, like they would be doing with Ireland. Photo: Inpho

Confirmation late last week from the New Zealand Rugby Union chief executive Steve Tew that their three votes would follow the recommendation in the E(...)

Ireland’s Rugby World Cup head of bid Kevin Potts pictures with IRFU chief executive Philip Browne back in March after a two-day site visit by the World Rugby Technical Review Group. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The Irish Times has learned that Ireland’s overall financial bid to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup closely matched South Africa’s commercial offer and (...)

Barbarians coach during a training session at Latymer Upper School. His side is not a team littered with big-name draws, rather youngsters. Photograph: Getty Images

It can be all too easy to laud New Zealand for their black magic, to marvel at their sorcery and wonder precisely what kind of deal they have made wit(...)

If Ireland had won Tuesday’s recommendation it would be acutely disappointed not to win the rights to host the 2023 tournament itself, as South Africa would be now. Photograph: Getty Images

The shows goes on. Kevin Potts, the IRFU chief operating officer and the Ireland 2023 bid director, admitted to “initial disappointment”. However, he (...)

Ireland’s bid to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup has been dealt a major blow after a technical review group endorsed South Africa’s bid.  Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Ireland’s hopes of winning the backing of World Rugby’s Technical Review group as the preferred bid to stage the 2023 Rugby World Cup have been dashed(...)

“We’ve kept in contact with Joe about the job, like we’ve kept in touch with Vern Cotter and others.” Photo: Inpho

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt remains among the front runners to succeed Steve Hansen as All Blacks boss following the 2019 World Cup. The New Zeala(...)

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