Irish rugby players take action against IRFU and World Rugby
Three Irish players have lodged filings against the IRFU and World Rugby. The firm representing them has previously said it is handling a number of rugby concussion cases and is working closely with the UK firm which earlier this year issued proceedings in a class action against World Rugby.
29th Sep, 2022 - 2 min read
Stephen Ferris: New Zealand are living on their reputation, Ireland must build on theirs
A series victory in New Zealand is an extraordinary achievement in its own right but there is another prize at stake and now is the time for Andy Farrell to experiment.
17th Jul, 2022 - 6 min read
Appetite for destruction: How rugby is trying to change its ways and why some players keep offending
The lazy view is that collisions, and therefore head collisions, are such a fundamental part of rugby that they can't ever be fully removed from the game. Players know the risks, this argument goes. But they don't because we still don't know enough about concussion.
7th May, 2022 - 5 min read
No panic: Why Ireland’s victory against New Zealand offers real hope for the World Cup
Ireland's triumph over the All Blacks was based on a more expansive style of play but at its heart it was an ability to stay calm which can be truly encouraging as Andy Farrell's side face even bigger challenges over the next two years.
20th Nov, 2021 - 4 min read
Ireland’s performance against the All Blacks could prevent the usual hot mess come the next World Cup
Ireland's performance against Japan was radically different to the first two years under Andy Farrell and the Joe Schmidt era but at this delicate stage of development, a heavy defeat against New Zealand would be a killer blow.
13th Nov, 2021 - 4 min read
The pack mentality: How the All Blacks silenced the critics ahead of their toughest tests of the year
The All Blacks coach Ian Foster has his detractors. They have been silenced by his team's performances in recent months but the big tests are to come, their former coach Steve Hansen tells New Zealand journalist Robert van Royen.