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 Juliet Short in action for Leinster: the player has been included in the Ireland team for the November Test matches. Photograph:  Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Just a few years ago Juliet Short was told she would never play rugby again when a spine injury threatened her career. She moved to Brazil to coach bu(...)

Leinster’s Ross Byrne may well win a first cap during Ireland’s three-Test series in Australia. Photograph: Inpho

Ciarán Fitzgerald, Keith Wood and Brian O’Driscoll have many things in common from a rugby perspective but perhaps the least well known is that they a(...)

 Diarmuid Barron, Caelan Doris and Matthew Agnew at the announcement of the  squad for the U-20 World Cup in France at Spencer Dock in Dublin yesterday. Inpho: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

A new captain, five uncapped players, a coaching team trimmed by one and injuries to a couple of key players represent an overview of the challenges f(...)

 Paul O’Connell has been working in an advisory role with the Munster academy. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Former Ireland captain Paul O’Connell has been confirmed as an assistant coach with this year’s Ireland Under-20 squad. O’Connell, who retired in 201(...)

The Ireland women’s rugby team were singularly unimpressed by the IRFU announcement of a six-month part-time coach.   Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

“The successful delivery of the Women’s Rugby World Cup is of huge importance for the future growth of the game in Ireland.” – Kevin Potts, head of Ir(...)

 “Legacy” wristbands:  Players are insistent that the World Cup, hosted in UCD and Belfast, showed the importance of filling the currently vacant position with a highly qualified, full-time professional coach. Photograph: Oisín Keniry/Inpho

The “legacy” wristband campaign, protesting the IRFU’s “lack of respect and ambition” for the women’s game in Ireland, took place on Sunday across all(...)

Players from Wasps Ladies show their support for the #Legacy? campaign on Saturday. Photograph: @Waspsladies

The legacy wrist band campaign, protesting IRFU treatment of the women’s game in Ireland has already gone international. On Saturday the Wasps FC play(...)

“The decision to return the coaching role to a part-time basis follows feedback from coaches the IRFU has spoken with, and a further decision on the nature of this role will be completed post the 2018 Six Nations.” Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The next Ireland women’s coach will be a part-timer, covering a full-time remit, with a six month contract all she or he can hope for. “A kick in the(...)

IRFU director of rugby  David Nucifora said the IRFU is  delighted to have got Joe Schmidt following intense pressure from New Zealand. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Joe Schmidt is as prized abroad as he is in Ireland and resisted enormous pressure from New Zealand to return home and take up a coaching role with t(...)

Ireland’s Lindsay Peat waves to the crowd with her son Barra after the defeat to Wales in the  Women’s Rugby World Cup seventh-place playoff at  Kingspan Stadium on Saturday. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Wales 27 Ireland 17 An internal review of this World Cup collapse is promised by the IRFU but coaching consequences have, seemingly, been decided alr(...)

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