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# irfu - Friday 16 April, 2021

'She has this rawness to her... Imagine where she could get to in even four or five years'
# Brian O'Driscoll
# Brian O'Driscoll

'She has this rawness to her... Imagine where she could get to in even four or five years'

Fri 5:05 PM 419 Views 0 Comments

Brian O’Driscoll reflects on Ireland’s performance against Wales and looks ahead to the challenge that France will pose.

# irfu - Thursday 15 April, 2021

Ireland's youngsters have the star quality to elevate and transcend the XVs scene
# Raw Materials
# Raw Materials

Ireland's youngsters have the star quality to elevate and transcend the XVs scene

Apr 15th 2021, 8:34 PM 3,349 Views 0 Comments

Look no further than Ballinasloe RFC to see signs of Béibhinn Parsons’ potential influence on women’s rugby, and indeed women’s sport.

# irfu - Monday 12 April, 2021

Ireland v France clash set to go ahead with government exemption
# Quarantine
# Quarantine

Ireland v France clash set to go ahead with government exemption

Updated Apr 12th 2021, 10:30 PM 9,034 Views 4 Comments

France is being added to the government’s quarantine list on Thursday.

# irfu - Friday 9 April, 2021

'You want to be performing to a level where it’s not up for debate, you just have to be picked'
# Ambition
# Ambition

'You want to be performing to a level where it’s not up for debate, you just have to be picked'

Apr 9th 2021, 6:30 AM 9,224 Views 24 Comments

Ulster’s Eric O’Sullivan is eager to push his game on and hit new targets in his career.

# irfu - Sunday 28 March, 2021

'One of the hardest things is loneliness for patients. We're used to seeing a relative hold their hand'
# Interview
# Interview

'One of the hardest things is loneliness for patients. We're used to seeing a relative hold their hand'

Updated Mar 28th 2021, 10:30 AM 28,237 Views 2 Comments

Claire Molloy speaks to The42 about working as a doctor during the Covid-19 pandemic and the prospect of a women’s Lions team.

# irfu - Tuesday 23 March, 2021

Ireland U20 Head Coach to depart role at end of the season
# New Chapter
# New Chapter

Ireland U20 Head Coach to depart role at end of the season

Mar 23rd 2021, 3:45 PM 8,662 Views 6 Comments

The IRFU has announced that Kieran Campbell is set to ‘take up a new challenge.’

# irfu - Tuesday 16 March, 2021

Cullen, Lancaster, Contepomi and McBryde extend contracts at Leinster
# Signed And Sealed
# Signed And Sealed

Cullen, Lancaster, Contepomi and McBryde extend contracts at Leinster

Mar 16th 2021, 6:03 PM 9,804 Views 37 Comments

Head coach Cullen has opted for a one-year rolling contract for personal reasons, while his trio of colleagues have signed on for two further seasons.

Stander gives currency to 'values' as he rides off into the sunset
# Family First
# Family First

Stander gives currency to 'values' as he rides off into the sunset

Mar 16th 2021, 4:45 PM 43,777 Views 51 Comments

The Munster and Ireland star is putting his family first by stepping away from rugby.

# irfu - Monday 8 March, 2021

Earls signs one-year contract extension with IRFU
# Dotted Line
# Dotted Line

Earls signs one-year contract extension with IRFU

Mar 8th 2021, 3:37 PM 10,369 Views 29 Comments

The Limerick native has scored 33 tries in 91 Tests and will remain with his home province until 2022.

# irfu - Thursday 4 March, 2021

IRFU backing O'Mahony and Sexton to keep delivering at Test level
# Contracts
# Contracts

IRFU backing O'Mahony and Sexton to keep delivering at Test level

Mar 4th 2021, 7:00 PM 4,692 Views 10 Comments

The senior Ireland leaders have both had their central contracts extended this week.

Peter O'Mahony signs two-year extension to IRFU contract
# Staying Put
# Staying Put

Peter O'Mahony signs two-year extension to IRFU contract

Updated Mar 4th 2021, 12:01 PM 26,518 Views 83 Comments

The flanker’s new deal will keep him at Munster until the end of the 2022/23 season.

# irfu - Tuesday 2 March, 2021

IRFU confirms new one-year contract extension for Johnny Sexton
# New Deal
# New Deal

IRFU confirms new one-year contract extension for Johnny Sexton

Updated Mar 2nd 2021, 5:50 PM 28,348 Views 29 Comments

The 35-year-old is the current Ireland captain.

# irfu - Wednesday 24 February, 2021

Ulster's Iain Henderson signs new two-year IRFU contract
# Ulster
# Ulster

Ulster's Iain Henderson signs new two-year IRFU contract

Feb 24th 2021, 11:23 AM 5,585 Views 13 Comments

The second-row has been capped 60 times by Ireland, making his international debut against South Africa in 2012

# irfu - Friday 19 February, 2021

What's going on in Irish rugby's development pathway amidst Covid?
# National Talent Squad
# National Talent Squad

What's going on in Irish rugby's development pathway amidst Covid?

Feb 19th 2021, 6:45 AM 4,385 Views 4 Comments

Peter Smyth, the IRFU’s Head of Elite Player Development, outlines the challenges.

# irfu - Tuesday 9 February, 2021

Fraught week for Farrell and Nucifora as Ireland fight to recover against France
# Goals
# Goals

Fraught week for Farrell and Nucifora as Ireland fight to recover against France

Feb 9th 2021, 8:00 AM 17,925 Views 21 Comments

A home defeat to les Bleus would leave Ireland staring at a miserable Six Nations campaign.

# irfu - Tuesday 2 February, 2021

IRFU had 'preliminary' discussions about a joint bid to host the 2031 World Cup
# RWC31
# RWC31

IRFU had 'preliminary' discussions about a joint bid to host the 2031 World Cup

Feb 2nd 2021, 9:36 AM 14,610 Views 22 Comments

An RFU spokesperson said a bid with Ireland, Scotland, and Wales was being considered.

# irfu - Thursday 28 January, 2021

IRFU cancel All-Ireland leagues for 2020-21 season due to Covid-19
# PULL THE PLUG
# PULL THE PLUG

IRFU cancel All-Ireland leagues for 2020-21 season due to Covid-19

Jan 28th 2021, 3:25 PM 17,031 Views 19 Comments

The women’s interprovincial series has also been cancelled.

# irfu - Wednesday 27 January, 2021

'Hopefully they'll be all sorted out over the next week or two' - Contract talks rumble on for Ireland players
# Negotiations
# Negotiations

'Hopefully they'll be all sorted out over the next week or two' - Contract talks rumble on for Ireland players

Jan 27th 2021, 7:00 PM 5,626 Views 1 Comment

Ireland captain Johnny Sexton is just one of a number of players out of contract at the end of the season.

# irfu - Sunday 17 January, 2021

'Some people are feeling isolated or alone, so this is more important than ever'
# Support
# Support

'Some people are feeling isolated or alone, so this is more important than ever'

Jan 17th 2021, 8:00 AM 29,325 Views 4 Comments

Su Carty, who works with the IRFU and World Rugby, is part of Ohana ZERO Suicide.

# irfu - Thursday 14 January, 2021

Connacht hoping to extend head coach Friend's contract into next season
# Negotiations
# Negotiations

Connacht hoping to extend head coach Friend's contract into next season

Jan 14th 2021, 11:00 AM 6,263 Views 6 Comments

The Australian has proven hugely popular with players and supporters alike since arriving in 2018.

# irfu - Tuesday 15 December, 2020

'Can I visualise myself here in the long term? I can, yes' - Ulster boss McFarland
# Contract
# Contract

'Can I visualise myself here in the long term? I can, yes' - Ulster boss McFarland

Dec 15th 2020, 9:37 AM 4,103 Views 4 Comments

The Ulster head coach’s contract is due to expire at the end of the season.

# irfu - Thursday 3 December, 2020

Ireland draft in high-performance coach Gary Keegan to work on mental skills
# Experience
# Experience

Ireland draft in high-performance coach Gary Keegan to work on mental skills

Dec 3rd 2020, 5:32 PM 12,571 Views 10 Comments

Keegan was a key figure in the transformation of Irish boxing.

# irfu - Wednesday 2 December, 2020

IRFU look to 'non-established areas' with project players less likely in future
# Plans
# Plans

IRFU look to 'non-established areas' with project players less likely in future

Updated Dec 2nd 2020, 8:00 PM 36,590 Views 32 Comments

Ireland recently had five players who qualified through residency in their starting XV.

'Do I think I can get to the World Cup? I think I can' - Sexton keen to push on
# Longevity
# Longevity

'Do I think I can get to the World Cup? I think I can' - Sexton keen to push on

Dec 2nd 2020, 7:05 AM 16,559 Views 45 Comments

The out-half will be 37 when the tournament in France rolls around.

'There are people who aren't working or have been laid off. It's sh**ty place to be'
# Pom
# Pom

'There are people who aren't working or have been laid off. It's sh**ty place to be'

Dec 2nd 2020, 1:01 AM 12,031 Views 2 Comments

Peter O’Mahony says rugby players remain in a fortunate position despite contract talks being on hold.

# irfu - Tuesday 1 December, 2020

Nucifora backs 'experienced' Ireland coaches to make big impact in 2021
# State Of The Nation
# State Of The Nation

Nucifora backs 'experienced' Ireland coaches to make big impact in 2021

Dec 1st 2020, 6:00 AM 3,658 Views 9 Comments

The union’s performance director says Ireland will be going out to win next year’s championship.

# irfu - Monday 30 November, 2020

IRFU strongly in favour of South African teams joining expanded Pro16
# Support
# Support

IRFU strongly in favour of South African teams joining expanded Pro16

Nov 30th 2020, 3:17 PM 8,830 Views 20 Comments

The union is keen to see the Pro14 become a more competitive proposition.

'If players choose not to play rugby in Ireland, it's unlikely we would select them'
# Contracts
# Contracts

'If players choose not to play rugby in Ireland, it's unlikely we would select them'

Updated Nov 30th 2020, 3:15 PM 34,340 Views 57 Comments

The IRFU and the provinces are not currently entering contract negotiations with players.

# irfu - Friday 23 October, 2020

IRFU suffers €35.7 million deficit as Irish rugby tries to 'buy time' financially
# Worrying Times
# Worrying Times

IRFU suffers €35.7 million deficit as Irish rugby tries to 'buy time' financially

Oct 23rd 2020, 2:49 PM 20,007 Views 5 Comments

CEO Philip Browne says the union must make drastic budget cuts if crowds cannot return to games next year.

# irfu - Monday 19 October, 2020

Clean bill of health for Ireland in lead-up to Italy clash as Lowe remains with Farrell's squad
# Update
# Update

Clean bill of health for Ireland in lead-up to Italy clash as Lowe remains with Farrell's squad

Oct 19th 2020, 1:19 PM 10,767 Views 21 Comments

Peter O’Mahony and Chris Farrell have joined the squad following periods of self-isolation while five training invitees have returned to their provinces.

Canterbury and IRFU launch new Ireland women's home jersey ahead of Six Nations conclusion
# Available To Buy
# Available To Buy

Canterbury and IRFU launch new Ireland women's home jersey ahead of Six Nations conclusion

Oct 19th 2020, 12:23 PM 6,202 Views 6 Comments

It’s the first time that supporters can buy a replica version of the women’s jersey in a non-World Cup year.

# irfu - Thursday 15 October, 2020

IRFU suspend club competition across four provinces

IRFU suspend club competition across four provinces

Oct 15th 2020, 4:22 PM 9,688 Views 3 Comments

Rising Covid-19 numbers have brought a return to tightened restrictions for contact sport.

# irfu - Tuesday 6 October, 2020

Irish professional rugby breathes brief sigh of relief as show limps on for now
# Level 3
# Level 3

Irish professional rugby breathes brief sigh of relief as show limps on for now

Oct 6th 2020, 1:00 AM 5,172 Views 2 Comments

International, provincial, and elite amateur club rugby can continue under the IRFU’s guidelines.

# irfu - Thursday 24 September, 2020

'The club game is absolutely the foundation on which the pro game is built'
# Community
# Community

'The club game is absolutely the foundation on which the pro game is built'

Sep 24th 2020, 7:00 PM 8,958 Views 4 Comments

The new provincial Energia Community Series kicks off around the country this weekend.

Joy Neville makes more history as Nigel Owens gets 100th Test appointment
# TMO
# TMO

Joy Neville makes more history as Nigel Owens gets 100th Test appointment

Sep 24th 2020, 3:45 PM 11,958 Views 5 Comments

Meanwhile, Andy Farrell’s Ireland have learned who will be refereeing them this autumn.

# irfu - Saturday 19 September, 2020

IRFU are not ruling out option of moving Ireland's matches abroad
# IRFU
# IRFU

IRFU are not ruling out option of moving Ireland's matches abroad

Sep 19th 2020, 7:07 AM 8,709 Views 14 Comments

Staging Ireland matches temporarily in Belfast also a possibility if UK government decides to open up events to fans.

# irfu - Friday 18 September, 2020

'If this goes on indefinitely you have to question if pro rugby is sustainable'
# Crisis
# Crisis

'If this goes on indefinitely you have to question if pro rugby is sustainable'

Updated Sep 18th 2020, 9:31 PM 38,716 Views 23 Comments

IRFU chief warns ‘existence of professional rugby in Ireland’ is under threat in 2021 as sporting bodies seek government help.

# irfu - Friday 11 September, 2020

FAI, GAA and IRFU to make collaborative proposal to government regarding return of spectators
# United Front
# United Front

FAI, GAA and IRFU to make collaborative proposal to government regarding return of spectators

Sep 11th 2020, 8:50 PM 20,411 Views 12 Comments

The associations will meet again next week.

# irfu - Friday 4 September, 2020

Minister to meet with sports bodies to discuss Covid-19 restrictions
# Sport
From TheJournal.ie
# Sport

Minister to meet with sports bodies to discuss Covid-19 restrictions

Sep 4th 2020, 7:00 AM 18,194 Views 23 Comments

Catherine Martin will meet with representatives from the GAA, FAI and the IRFU today.

# irfu - Monday 13 July, 2020

Irish rugby agrees player wage cuts and deferrals
# Decision
# Decision

Irish rugby agrees player wage cuts and deferrals

Jul 13th 2020, 11:55 PM 9,165 Views 7 Comments

The period will run from 1 July to 31 December this year.

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