• Connacht Rugby mourn the loss of former IRFU President Dr. Anthony (Tony) Browne, who passed away peacefully at his home in Kingston, Galway, surrounded by his loving family.
    Hailing from Moygownagh in Mayo, Tony was the recipient of Connacht Rugby’s ‘Lifetime Contribution to Rugby Award’ earlier this year.

    From 1982, as Connacht Rugby Branch Rep, he was a member of the IRFU National Committee and was Chairman of some of the most important National Sub Committees including those dealing with Schoolboy Rugby and Refereeing Standards.
    In 1990 he was appointed President of the Connacht Rugby Branch and a year later he became the first and only person ever in the history of Corinthians to hold the office of President of IRFU.
    Tony will be reposing from his home (Eircode H91 YH W4) on Sunday 18th August from 4.00 p.m. to 7.00 p.m.

    Removal on Monday (19th) to the Sacred Heart Church, Seamus Quirke Road to arrive for Requiem Mass at 11.00 a.m. Funeral after Mass to Rahoon Cemetery.

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    Connacht will welcome a number of players back from injury for Friday's Pro 14 meeting with the Ospreys.

    Finlay Bealham, Craig Ronaldson, Sean O'Brien, Andrew Browne and Steve Crosbie are among those available to Kieran Keane again.

    Meanwhile, the province say winger Niyi Adeolokun is making good progress with his hamstring injury and could return later this month.

  • The IRFU stands to lose up to 20-million euro if this season's Six Nations is not completed and the autumn internationals cancelled.

    CEO Philip Browne has been giving an update on the association's standing amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

    He says even if autumn games are behind closed doors, they'll lose between 10 and 15 million.

    A cancelled 2021 Six Nations could cost the IRFU 30-million euro.

    However, there is light at the end of the tunnel with an inter-pro series pencilled in behind closed doors at the Aviva on August 22nd and 23rd.

  • The IRFU are targeting a return for rugby in August, with a series of games planned for the Irish provinces.

    At a press briefing, the IRFU's Chief Executive Philip Browne says they are hopeful of staging a round of interprovincial games behind closed doors on the weekend of August 22nd and 23rd.

    Meanwhile the IRFU are also set for a financial windfall of up to 30 million euro.

    It comes after private equity group CVC bought a 28 percent stake in the Guinness PRO 14.

    5 million of that total is set to be received up front.

    Rugby officials have taken the first steps towards possibly revamping their global calendar.

    The Six Nations and their Southern Hemisphere counterparts have released a joint statement, confirming they are in discussions over aligning both their annual competitions.

    Earlier this month it was reported the Six Nations were open to the possibility of moving the competition back by a month to align themselves with the Rugby Championship.

    Both parties have confirmed early discussions are taking place to bring greater clarity to both the club and international calendars.

  • The Irish rugby squad for this month's World Cup in Japan has been confirmed, with Devin Toner expected to be the highest profile absentee.

    Schmidt's 31 man squad was scheduled to be publicly announced next Sunday, but after details were leaked to the media, the IRFU have now confirmed the squad.

    Veteran lock Toner has missed out on selection, with Munster's Jean Kleyn included in his place.

    Jack Carty has beaten Ross Byrne to the third outhalf position, while Luke McGrath is chosen in favour of Connacht's Kieran Marmion.

    Ulster pair Jordi Murphy and Jack McGrath have also reportedly been left on standby.

    There is one change to the squad which had been reported, with Munster centre Chris Farrell chosen over Will Addison.

  • Ireland head-coach Andy Farrell has kept faith in the 15 players who started against Wales for Sunday's Guinness Six Nations match at England.

    Peter O'Mahony keeps his place in the back-row with the fit-again Caelan Doris having to settle for a place on the bench.

    Doris' inclusion sees Max Deegan drop out out of the matchday 23.

    O'Mahony joins Josh van der Flier and CJ Stander in the back-row, Iain Henderson and James Ryan are the locks with a front-row of Cian Healy, Rob Herring and Tadhg Furlong.

    Conor Murray and Johnny Sexton's partnership continues in the half-backs with former Connacht teammates Bundee Aki and Robbie Henshaw paired in midfield.

    Try-scorers against Wales, Andrew Conway and Jordan Larmour, are joined in the back-three by Jacob Stockdale.

    Victory for Ireland would see them seal a 12th Triple Crown.

  • Leinster's Caelan Doris  and Ulster's Will Addison are to be a part of the Irish rugby training camp in Cork this week.


    The Lacken native suffered a head injury early on in the win over Scotland.


    Ireland play England in the Six Nations at Twickenham on Sunday week.

  • The IRFU are now in a position to add a ‘Competition Stage’ to their Return To Rugby Guidelines For Clubs.
    This is to allow clubs to plan and work towards the start of the 2020/21 season and the playing of rugby matches.
    September has been given as the month in which rugby matches will be permitted to return for clubs.
    Given the changing nature of the reopening of society and the recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, a specific date will not be issued until further clarity is available and will remain subject to change.
    The given date will also factor in a minimum window of five weeks permitted for contact training ahead of a return to rugby matches.
    The Competition Stage is the final stage in the summary roadmap of the IRFU Return To Rugby Guidelines. All clubs are currently in the COVID-19 Safety Planning Stage, which they must complete before moving to the resumption of training at any level.
    The IRFU are working toward a modified season for 2020/21. The governing body recognises concerns over travel, safety and expense and this will be reflected in the season’s structure. Clubs should expect that games at the start of the season will be kept local where practicable.
    Further detail on the structure of the season will also be issued in due course.
    The IRFU Return To Rugby Guidelines For Clubs are available at

  • The Irish rugby provinces are not expected to resume collective training until the middle of May.

    All professional rugby in the country is currently suspended and the PRO14 and Champions Cup campaigns are now likely to stretch into July and August.

    The changes to the season as a result of the coronavirus have also left Ireland's summer tour of Australia in major doubt.

  • The GAA, FAI and IRFU have all outlined the stark financial situation facing sport in Ireland.

    All three have appeared before the Oireachtas Covid-19 Response Committee, making their case for the safe return of spectators to stadiums.

    IRFU Chief Executive Philip Brown has told the committee their finances will deteriorate 'at an alarming rate' into 2021 if spectators do not return to stadia in meaningful numbers.

    FAI interim CEO Gary Owens has said the combined losses of the association and football clubs is roughly 19 million euro.