Last week
19th March 2023 - 25th March 2023
# Support
'You never want to see that' - Ireland rally around Dane after brain haemorrhage
The Ireland scrum-half revealed news of her health scare in February.
Last month
March 2023
# Concussion
Should amateur Irish rugby lower the legal tackle height like in England?
The IRFU says it still has to decide whether to opt-in on World Rugby’s global trial.
Former Ireland prop Tony Buckley set to sue IRFU and Munster Rugby
It’s believed the intended action relates to concussion injuries Buckley suffered during his career.
# Exit
Farrell set for move to France after Munster confirm release
The 29-year-old stepped back from playing duties in September.
This year
# World Class
Hugo Keenan couldn't be more deserving of his IRFU central contract
The 26-year-old has had an impressive rise to become a key player for Leinster and Ireland.
# Committed
Good news keeps coming for Ireland as Hugo Keenan signs three-year IRFU deal
The Leinster fullback will remain with the province until the end of the 2025/26 season.
# Still On Track
The out-half with shades of Johnny Sexton and prepping for 'tougher and bigger' Italians
The Ireland U20s are two wins from two in their Six Nations title defence.
# findings
Seven out of 10 rugby fans would not support Aviva alcohol ban, according to research
The research was carried out during two of Ireland’s November internationals.
Last year
# women in rugby report
IRFU hope new structures in women's game will entice top players back to Ireland
The Union revealed its Women In Rugby Report yesterday.
# Women's Rugby
IRFU's report proposes women's AIL restructure as extra €1 million funding announced
The IRFU has revealed its Women In Rugby Report, which outlines several proposals to improve structures.
# rugby weekly extra
'He helps Munster get to places they have struggled to get without him'
Antoine Frisch came in for praise on today’s episode of The42 Rugby Weekly Extra.
# Work to do
'We have turned a corner' - IRFU is regaining confidence of women's players, says CEO
Last year a group of 62 former and current internationals wrote to the Irish government expressing their loss of trust in the IRFU.
# Annual Report
Pandemic leaves IRFU with €30m 'hole' in finances
The Union’s net assets now stand at over €105m but cash reserves have taken a hit.
# Going nowhere
IRFU defend ticket pricing, rule out possibility of Test games at Páirc Uí Chaoimh
Chief executive Kevin Potts was speaking to the media today as the IRFU published their latest annual report.
# Annual Report
IRFU record €5.9m surplus but stress need for Irish rugby to 'live within its means'
The Union’s annual report, published today, was delivered with a word of warning amid predicted deficits in the coming years.
# Changes
Stuart McCloskey to start as Robbie Henshaw ruled out for South Africa clash
Leinster’s Jimmy O’Brien comes in on the bench.
# list
Who are Ireland's top 50 players? The IRFU wants to know for sure
IRFU performance director David Nucifora says the Emerging Ireland tour was a big success.
# deals
29 Irish women's players take up contract offers worth €15k to €30k
The IRFU has also confirmed the launch of a new women’s Celtic Cup competition.
# Irish Rugby
Three former Irish rugby players have initiated legal actions against the IRFU
It is believed the cases are related to concussion injuries the players suffered during their rugby careers.
Women's AIL reduced to 9 teams just 2 days out from start of season
Malone RFC have pulled out at the last minute.
# Future
Contracts, Celtic Cup, the club game - women's rugby still in flux
The women’s game in Ireland remains in need of greater alignment.
# Tour
Ireland take late 'opportunity' with ex-U20 stars set to feature in South Africa
The IRFU hopes this Emerging Ireland trip will be a boost for next year’s World Cup campaign.
# Talent
Simon Easterby named in charge of Emerging Ireland squad for South Africa tour
Supported by Paul O’Connell, Mike Catt and John Fogarty, the 35-player group will feature a number of U20s who have impressed in recent years.
# decision
IRFU bans transgender women from contact female rugby
The association have argued that its decision to limit involvement to players recorded as female at birth is ‘based on medical and scientific evidence’.
Consultant role to assist Sport Ireland in developing transgender policy goes unfilled
Chief Executive of Sport Ireland Dr Una May said Sport Ireland wants to provide governing bodies with general guidance and support.
# Sign Them Up
IRFU announce first professional contracts for women's 15s players
Gillian McDarby has also been appointed as the IRFU’s first Head of Women’s Performance and Pathways.
# Support
IRFU expected to announce first professional contracts for women's 15 players
News of the new contracts is expected to be confirmed in the coming weeks.
# new faces
Former England pair Clara Nielson and Jo Brown named in Ireland squad for Japan tour
Head coach Greg McWilliams has named eight uncapped players for next months’ two-Test series.
IRFU considering new A team competition with South African sides
The provincial A teams have been without international competition in recent years.
# Irish Rugby
Gardaí launch investigation into alleged IRFU international ticket fraud
The garda investigation is being led by detectives in Munster.
A number of people involved in the Munster Branch of the union have been spoken to by gardaí, Niall O'Connor writes.
Sources said that the investigation centres on the supply of tickets normally set aside for a specific group.
Garda probe is focused on upwards of 200 tickets.
# New threads
What are your thoughts on Ireland rugby's new home kit?
The jerseys will be worn for the first time when the Ireland men’s team face the Maori All Blacks.
# Irish Rugby
'She has nerves of steel that girl, but she didn’t doubt herself for a second'
Enya Breen’s nerveless kick secured a dramatic 15-14 triumph over Scotland.
# Contracts
'Professionalism is going to be imminent' but has to be done right way, says Briggs
The Ireland assistant says Irish rugby would need to grow its player pool before splitting 7s and 15s players.
# The Underdogs
'It is going to be, for a lot of these players, the toughest opposition they’ve played against'
Greg McWilliams insists his charges are in an upbeat mood ahead of their Six Nations showdown with England.
# Mack Hansen
'We’re stoked to be here, but we’re not here to participate. We’re here to win these games'
Man Hansen and Connacht seek to defy the odds and overcome the challenge of Leinster in the Champions Cup.
# Deal Done
Johnny Sexton signs new IRFU contract extension up until the end of 2023 World Cup
“I am excited about the prospect of competing at a fourth World Cup with Ireland,” said Sexton.
# Review
The most striking thing about the 30 recommendations to the IRFU is how basic they are
Things aren’t suddenly all rosy but yesterday was a step in the right direction for women’s rugby.
# Exit
IRFU director of women's rugby Eddy leaves post with immediate effect
The union will tomorrow reveal details of an independent report into the World Cup qualification failure.
# Talent
Ireland's most promising young players join new 'Women's National Talent Squad'
The programme aims to help develop players for senior international rugby.
# Qualifier
IRFU finally close to publishing controversial Ireland Women report
The report was initially set to be released in January.