Ireland keep their Kiwi coach

NEWS: Joe Schmidt has signed a contract extension that will see the New Zealander remain as head coach of Ireland until at least June 2017.

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B&I Lions get full monty in NZ

NEWS: The NZRU revealed a packed 10-match programme for the 2017 B&I Lions tour, including three Tests between the Lions and All Blacks.

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World Cup bid a four-horse race

NEWS: France, Ireland, Italy and South Africa have been confirmed as the four nations who will bid for the right to stage the 2023 World Cup.

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Ireland's Ruddock out of World Cup

NEWS: Rhys Ruddock will miss the World Cup after a second broken arm in six months cost the Leinster flank a place in the Ireland squad.

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SA put their World Cup hands up

NEWS: South Africa have put together  high-profile delegtion for the first stage of their bid to host the World Cup in 2023.

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WC 2023: SA v NH quartet

South Africa has already made it known that they will bid to host the 2023 World Cup and now their opposition have been revealed.

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O'Connell to retire after World Cup

The Irish Rugby Football Union and Munster confirmed that captain Paul O'Connell will retire from international rugby at the end of the this year's World Cup. 

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McGrath could face World Cup woe

NEWS: Ireland's Jack McGrath may face a suspension that could ruin his World Cup hopes, after kneeing an opponent in the back.

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BaaBaas hold on for thrilling win

REPORT: Shane Jennings  led the Barbarians to a thrilling 22-21 win over a fast-finishing Ireland selection in Limerick on Thursday.

Preview: Ireland v Barbarians

VIDEOS: We take a slightly different look at the build-up to the encounter between Ireland and the Barbarians at Thomond Park in Limerick on Thursday.

Jennings leads Barbarians

TEAM ANNOUNCEMENTS: Leinster's Shane Jennings will captain the Barbarians against Ireland at Thomond Park on Thursday.

Bok scrumhalf answers BaaBaas' call

NEWS: World Cup-winning Springbok scrumhalf Ruan Pienaar has completed the Barbarians squad to face Ireland and England this week.

Residency rule under scrutiny

Brett Gosper has said the three-year residency rule, which allows  foreign-born players to be selected for national teams, could be reviewed.

D'Arcy hangs up his boots

Irish centre Gordon D'Arcy has called time on his illustrious career, making himself available for the World Cup one last time.

Six Nations: Five key plays

The climax to the final day of the Six Nations was labelled 'Super Saturday' and for once it lived up to the hype - as 221 points were scored.

Schmidt bleeds Irish green

If there was ever any doubting Joe Schmidt's dedication to his team it should well have disappeared after becoming back-to-back Six Nations champions.

Northern Hemisphere fire WC shots

The frenzied finale to the Six Nations comes as a timely reminder to the Southern Hemisphere giants ahead of this year's World Cup.

Murray backs Ireland for World Cup

REACTION: Ireland scrumhalf Conor Murray says his side's Six Nations triumph shows they are ready to make a major impact at the World Cup.