Mon, 02 Mar, 2020
In a sense, Jean Kleyn completed his journey with a Test debut for Ireland at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday, but the Munster lock is determined to stay forward-focused as he aims for a place in his adopted country’s World Cup squad next month.
Mon, 12 Aug, 2019
So much for transparency. For all the good intention of overseeing the most open, least questionable bidding process for the 2023 Rugby World Cup, governing body World Rugby is this morning as big a loser as South Africa, whose bid it unanimously recommended on October 31.
Thu, 16 Nov, 2017
World Rugby chief executive Brett Gosper has hinted that Ireland’s timing hasn’t been right as the country finds itself ranked behind “two masters of the universe in terms of putting on major world events” in the race to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup.
Thu, 09 Nov, 2017
Paul O’Connell was planning to contact Toulon last night to hear his new club’s take on reports that it had been caught up in a criminal investigation involving pharmacists who are alleged to have illegally supplied the club with substances such as antibiotics and growth hormones.
Wed, 09 Sep, 2015
Sitting in the stand in Semple Stadium as Cork and Tipperary contested a wondrous draw in an electric atmosphere back in 1987, I couldn’t help but imagine what it would be like if rugby was the number one sport in Ireland, writes.
Wed, 31 Dec, 2014
DECLAN KIDNEY, inthe company of his coaching assistants, spent most of yesterday making the final adjustments to his Rugby World Cup squad, completing a measured process that wasn’t fuelled by last-minute panic or even altogether influenced by the results of the last three weeks. Adrenaline, he said in the aftermath of the 22-26 loss to France, is for the players.
Mon, 22 Aug, 2011
IT was the sort of performance, and certainly the sort of result, that had Avram Grant clutching at straws in his efforts to sound optimistic about West Ham’s hopes of avoiding another relegation battle – or, more accurately, clutching at Republic of Ireland international forward Robbie Keane.
Mon, 30 Aug, 2010