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Rory Best leads a training session with the Emerald Warriors ahead of the Union Cup.

Irish rugby disappears into summer pursued by the obvious and the unknown. The manner of Ireland’s defeat in Cardiff over St Patrick’s weekend lingers(...)

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt will cut his World Cup squad from 45 down to 31. Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Joe Schmidt has revealed a “timeline set by World Rugby” for Ireland’s World Cup squad to be whittled down from 45 to 31 players before September 7th.(...)

Uri Geller reckons he is the solution to England’s problems of collapsing late in games. Photo: VCG/VCG via Getty Images

Uri Geller has urged Eddie Jones to take him to the World Cup after declaring he is the answer to England’s psychological problems. Jones is to recru(...)

Ireland’s muted celebrations after  Conor Murray secured a bonus point against Italy. The body language of the Irish team in Rome was telling. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

England remain the only northern hemisphere country to have won the Rugby World Cup, and their 2003 success is therefore seen as something of a templa(...)

Former Samoa lock Daniel Leo is now chief executive of the group Pacific Rugby Players Welfare. Photograph: Simon Watts/Inpho

Top Pacific Islands stars will vote on whether to boycott the 2019 World Cup over World Rugby’s controversial World League plans. World Rugby is unde(...)

Daniel Leo in action for Samoa against South Africa during  the 2011 World Cup in Auckland. Photograph: Gabriel Bouys/AFP/Getty

The Pacific Island nations should boycott the World Cup if plans to exclude Fiji, Samoa and Tonga from the 12-team Nations League are ratified by rugb(...)

Johnny Sexton has said proposals for a rugby World League are ‘out of touch.’ Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Ireland’s Johnny Sexton has said reported plans for a new rugby World League to be launched in 2020 are “out of touch,” and potentially harmful to pla(...)

What if Owen Farrell suffers a concussion and Billy Vunipola breaks an arm?

In the run-up to the 2011 World Cup, the All Blacks held a series of “What if?” meetings. “We talked about worst-case scenarios,” Jerome Kaino remembe(...)

“I’m loving life here. I’m hungry with Munster, and that’s my club, and in terms of Ireland I don’t see why you’d leave.”

Conor Murray’s career has been, more or less, on a steady incline since breaking into the Munster team on their Magners League title-winning run-in in(...)

Ireland’s Johnny Sexton passes the ball to Jacob Stockdale during their Six Nations match against Scotland, at Murrayfield, Edinburgh. Photograph: Ian Rutherford/PA Wire

In Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium I watched Argentina tear Ireland’s RWC 2015 dream apart. For most, the loss of celebrated and world-class players to h(...)

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