The chief executives of the Six Nations renewed talks in London yesterday aimed at finalising an offer designed to change the face of the game. Having already forked out some €400m to buy stakes in the English Premiership and PRO14, the private equity firm CVC Partners are willing to pay the Six Nations almost as much again for a share of the tournament’s commercial rights.
Mon, 09 Dec, 2019
Thomas Du Toit should have really just been fighting off the jetlag but he looked for all the world yesterday like a guy whose head was still in the clouds after being parachuted onto the South African bench for tomorrow’s Pool B encounter with Namibia.
Thu, 26 Sep, 2019
A humid Saturday morning and clearly it is moving day in Lourdes. Dozens of buses clog the narrow streets of the town in the Pyrenees, hazard lights on as people are wheeled or carried from their hotels, others moving with a pep in their step as if the visit to the Marian shrine has uplifted them.
Sat, 13 Oct, 2018
It’s part of the gig. Meeting agents. There’s been quite a few in the past two weeks and I’m never sure whether I’m energised or anxious at the amount of money sloshing around in rugby.
Fri, 13 Oct, 2017
Scrum-half James Hart will have more than a passing interest in Munster’s clash with Toulouse as the side he will be joining in the summer battles it out in a Champions Cup quarter-final against the side he will face for Racing 92 in two weeks.
Thu, 30 Mar, 2017
Fri, 24 Feb, 2017
Sat, 07 May, 2016
Sat, 16 Jan, 2016
European Championship and Challenge Cup ties postponed over the past fortnight are unlikely to be played in midweek following discussions between clubs involved in all three participating leagues, the Aviva Premiership, Guinness Pro12 and French Top 14, and a favoured date would now appear to be the weekend of January 2/3.
Tue, 24 Nov, 2015
Thu, 19 Nov, 2015
Joe Schmidt and the IRFU will do what they can to “influence” Paul O’Connell’s next career move, as speculation linking the Ireland captain to a switch to France’s Top 14 refuses to die down despite confirmation that Toulon are not chasing the lock.
Fri, 24 Apr, 2015
Munster Rugby announced a deficit of €0.8m at the Branch’s AGM last night, but delegates heard some encouraging news for the province in the form of a restructured repayment plan of its loan from the IRFU for the redevelopment of Thomond Park.
Fri, 06 Jun, 2014