Ian Ritchie

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England’s head coach Stuart Lancaster and England’s Rugby Football Union (RFU) chief executive, Ian Ritchie attend a press conference at Pennyhill Park hotel near Bagshot a day after England was defeated by Australia and eliminated from the Rugby World Cup 2015. Photograph: Getty Images

The Rugby Football Union has ruled out any “hasty reaction” after England were knocked out of the World Cup by a 33-13 defeat to Australia at Twickenh(...)

 Radamel Falcao (left) could join Chelsea on loan next season. Photograph: EPA

DOMINIC FIFIELD Chelsea’s plans to redevelop Stamford Bridge into a 60,000-seat stadium could see them play their home matches elsewhere for at least (...)

Keeping a player like Jamie Heaslip in Ireland has an impact both on the present and the future. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

“We know more than we can tell,” wrote scientist-philosopher Michael Polanyi in The Tacit Dimension, published in 1966. The concept of unconscious kno(...)

Twickeham last held the European decider when Brian O’Driscoll helped Leinster beat Ulster to win the Heneken Cup in 2012. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Twickenham will host the inaugural European Rugby Champions Cup final on Saturday May 2nd next year, with The Stoop named as the venue for the Challe(...)

Andy Scott with Clydesdale horses in front of his ‘The Kelpies’. Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

One perhaps positive effect of the recession was that we didn’t get the massive Antony Gormley sculpture promised for Dublin’s Docklands. At the ti(...)

English Rugby Football Union chairman Bill Beaumont attended talks in Dublin on the future of European club competition. Photograph:   Jan Kruger/Getty Images

English rugby boss Ian Ritchie left crisis talks on the future of European rugby by promising to continue the mediation in January.English Rugby Footb(...)

The Centre Pompidou, in Paris, which Peter Rice helped to design. Photograph:  Eric Feferberg/AFP/Getty Images

In January 1977, a few days after the Pompidou Centre, in Paris, opened to the public, Peter Rice, an Irish engineer working on the construction, noti(...)

Two days of ERC mediation talks regarding the future of the Heineken Cup, or an alternative pan-European tournament, have concluded with the Celtic a(...)

Empty seats in the Aviva Stadium during the Autumn Series in 2010 showing the shortfall in the sale of five and 10-year tickets.

A perfect storm appears to be enveloping Irish rugby and the IRFU. A club game in debt and in crisis; the unremitting economic climate as evidenced by(...)

IRB chief executive Brett Gosper: “We don’t think it’s in the interests of the game a competition such as that”. Photograph: Tom Dulat/Getty Images

In one of the more significant statements so far in the ongoing saga about the future of European rugby, the game’s governing body, the International (...)

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