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# irb - Wednesday 19 March, 2014

From The Score Stuart Hogg banned for three weeks after head-hunting Dan Biggar Dirty Hogg

Stuart Hogg banned for three weeks after head-hunting Dan Biggar

The Scotland fullback did not contest his citing charge after his red card against Wales.

# irb - Monday 10 March, 2014

From The Score France move above Ireland in IRB rankings before Six Nations clash Outranked

France move above Ireland in IRB rankings before Six Nations clash

Philippe Saint-André’s men are one place above Joe Schmidt’s on the official list.

# irb - Tuesday 25 February, 2014

From The Score Ireland move up one place in IRB world rankings despite Twickenham defeat Fifth

Ireland move up one place in IRB world rankings despite Twickenham defeat

Joe Schmidt’s side advance up the list mainly thanks to France’s poor result.

# irb - Monday 27 January, 2014

From The Score Fiji sack their coach… to save money Broke

Fiji sack their coach… to save money

The cash-strapped rugby union were left with little choice.

# irb - Wednesday 22 January, 2014

From The Score Rugby goggles given green light by IRB Eyewear

Rugby goggles given green light by IRB

One brand of protective eyewear has been approved for cases when players are unable to wear contact lenses.

# irb - Wednesday 8 January, 2014

From The Score IRB re-confirms stance on European club competition by backing unions Statement

IRB re-confirms stance on European club competition by backing unions

The International Rugby Board says it ‘supports the commitment’ of the Six Nations member unions.

From The Score You won’t be hearing the ‘yes, nine’ call in this weekend’s Heineken Cup Rule Change

You won’t be hearing the ‘yes, nine’ call in this weekend’s Heineken Cup

The IRB has made a greatly welcome alteration to the scrum-related protocol.

# irb - Tuesday 3 December, 2013

From The Score All Black Kieran Read named IRB player of the year Rugby

All Black Kieran Read named IRB player of the year

Steve Hansen picks up coach of the year award.

# irb - Thursday 28 November, 2013

From The Score Positive steps forward in rugby’s battle against concussion? PSCA

Positive steps forward in rugby’s battle against concussion?

The fact that Brian O’Driscoll didn’t reappear against the All Blacks suggests progress has been made.

# irb - Thursday 21 November, 2013

From The Score South Africa set to compete against Ireland for World Cup RWC2023

South Africa set to compete against Ireland for World Cup

We have some tough opposition for the right to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup.

# irb - Tuesday 19 November, 2013

From The Score Local people are the key to Ireland’s World Cup bid –  Sebastian Coe RWC2023 This post contains a poll

Local people are the key to Ireland’s World Cup bid – Sebastian Coe

The man behind London 2012 has some words of advice for Leo Varadkar and the IRFU.

From The Score ‘You just want to stay on the field’ – George Gregan on concussion Player Welfare

‘You just want to stay on the field’ – George Gregan on concussion

The former Wallabies scrum-half says he believes the game has moved forward in protecting players.

# irb - Monday 18 November, 2013

From The Score Varadkar ‘very confident’ Ireland will bid for Rugby World Cup BID

Varadkar ‘very confident’ Ireland will bid for Rugby World Cup

Minister for Sport Leo Varadkar says Ireland are interested in hosting the 2023 version of the tournament.

From The Score IRB calling for Six Nations to adopt concussion protocols Head Injuries

IRB calling for Six Nations to adopt concussion protocols

The world rugby body points out that their pitch-side assessments have reduced dangerous incidents in this area.

From The Score Keith Wood is behind Ireland’s bid to host Rugby World Cup Ambition

Keith Wood is behind Ireland’s bid to host Rugby World Cup

Minister for Sport Leo Varadkar is expected to announce plans for a formal bid later today.

# irb - Wednesday 30 October, 2013

From The Score IRB chairman says the Rugby Champions Cup is “not necesarily” credible Governance

IRB chairman says the Rugby Champions Cup is “not necesarily” credible

Bernard Lapasset said the proposed new European club tournament is by no means definite.

# irb - Wednesday 16 October, 2013

From The Score Celtic nations looking for more World Cup rewards – report Money Game

Celtic nations looking for more World Cup rewards – report

Ireland, Scotland and Wales look set to demand more World Cup cash as concerns over European club rugby persist.

# irb - Friday 20 September, 2013

From The Score ‘We’ve been waiting for this battle for the last 17 years’: IRFU chief on Heineken Cup Speaking Out

‘We’ve been waiting for this battle for the last 17 years’: IRFU chief on Heineken Cup

Philip Browne says that the Heineken Cup situation has been coming since 1995.

# irb - Wednesday 18 September, 2013

From The Score IRB ‘don’t believe’ in Anglo-French European Cup venture Collision Course

IRB ‘don’t believe’ in Anglo-French European Cup venture

“We strongly believe it should be a European competition,” declared IRB chief executive Brett Gosper.

# irb - Sunday 15 September, 2013

From The Score Romain Poite hung out to dry by IRB over ‘late’ Dan Carter hit All For One

Romain Poite hung out to dry by IRB over ‘late’ Dan Carter hit

The French referee should have taken a firmer stance on the Bismarck du Plessis shoulder barge.

# irb - Friday 28 June, 2013

From The Score ‘What James Horwill did was far from an accident’ – Shane Byrne Deep Impact

‘What James Horwill did was far from an accident’ – Shane Byrne

The former Lions hooker expects the Australia captain to miss out on the Third Test with a playing ban.

# irb - Thursday 27 June, 2013

From The Score IRB to appeal citing clearance of Wallabies skipper James Horwill Lions 2013

IRB to appeal citing clearance of Wallabies skipper James Horwill

The ARU said in a response that it was ‘surprised and disappointed’ by the IRB announcement.

# irb - Sunday 2 June, 2013

From The Score Barbarians hooker Brits banned for punching Farrell Punishment

Barbarians hooker Brits banned for punching Farrell

It means the Saracens player will miss the first three games of next season.

# irb - Monday 22 April, 2013

From The Score Rugby bosses promise fairer World Cup schedule for the little guys RWC2015

Rugby bosses promise fairer World Cup schedule for the little guys

Small nations complained bitterly during the 2011 World Cup that the timetable was skewed towards the game’s traditional superpowers who had longer rest periods.

# irb - Tuesday 11 December, 2012

From The Score Romain Poite named as ref for Wales v Ireland 6 Nations clash Fan Favourite

Romain Poite named as ref for Wales v Ireland 6 Nations clash

The Frenchman will whistleblow at the Millennium Stadium – scene of a lineout-gate in 2010.

From The Score Blacklisted: Dan Carter snubbed in New Zealand player of the year nominations High Standards

Blacklisted: Dan Carter snubbed in New Zealand player of the year nominations

The three lads up for the main award are pretty handy though.

# irb - Monday 3 December, 2012

From The Score New Zealand sweep IRB awards, as Carter named Player of the Year Winning

New Zealand sweep IRB awards, as Carter named Player of the Year

The All Blacks have won the team of the year, while Steve Hansen claimed coach of the year.

# irb - Thursday 29 November, 2012

From The Score VIDEO: Bryan Habana wins IRPA try of the year award Take A Bow

VIDEO: Bryan Habana wins IRPA try of the year award

The South African beat out stiff competition from Julien Malzieu, Hosea Gear and Julian Savea.

# irb - Sunday 25 November, 2012

From The Score ‘I can’t control it’: Gilroy walking on air after debut dream come true Hope

‘I can’t control it’: Gilroy walking on air after debut dream come true

The winger was determined to make the most of his chance yesterday, saying, “who knows when I’ll get that opportunity again?”

# irb - Friday 23 November, 2012

From The Score VIDEO: Hosea Gear’s devastating score against Ireland up for Try of the Year Jaw Dropping

VIDEO: Hosea Gear’s devastating score against Ireland up for Try of the Year

Here’s a nice confidence booster for you Keith Earls.

# irb - Wednesday 14 November, 2012

From The Score IRB promise disciplinary review following Thomson incident Reform

IRB promise disciplinary review following Thomson incident

The New Zealander was only given a one-week ban for stamping.

# irb - Monday 12 November, 2012

From The Score Ireland fall behind Argentina in latest world rankings IRB

Ireland fall behind Argentina in latest world rankings

Declan Kidney’s men are now eighth in the world, while the Pumas – who come to Dublin on November 24 – move up to seventh.

# irb - Thursday 2 August, 2012

“But the fools, the fools, the fools!” – Pearse funeral oration re-enacted at Glasnevin

Pádraig Pearse speech at O’Donovan Rossa’s graveside ended: “Ireland unfree shall never be at peace.”

# irb - Saturday 21 July, 2012

From The Score Admin: Gosper appointed rugby’s CEO IRB

Admin: Gosper appointed rugby’s CEO

The Australian will take the top job in the IRB and oversee the game through World Cup 2015 and its Olympic debut in 2016.

# irb - Monday 4 June, 2012

From The Score Ireland begin Junior World Cup with historic win over Springboks Perfect Start

Ireland begin Junior World Cup with historic win over Springboks

Tries from Jordan Coghlan and Ian Henderson saw Mike Ruddock’s U20s record a superb 23-19 victory.

# irb - Friday 30 March, 2012

From The Score Follow Friday: It’s Eliota Fuimaono-Sapolu Twitter This post contains images

Follow Friday: It’s Eliota Fuimaono-Sapolu

With an ostensible penchant for controversy and an obvious intelligence to boot, the Samoan centre is rugby’s answer to Eamon Dunphy.

# irb - Saturday 18 February, 2012

Column: The Ireland women’s rugby team is being ignored. They deserve better.

The squad is treated as an afterthought with a media blackout and chronic underfunding. This would never happen to the men’s team, writes Joan O’Connell.

# irb - Monday 12 December, 2011

From The Score Beaumont held up short in IRB presidency race Political Football

Beaumont held up short in IRB presidency race

The International Rugby Board will re-elect Bernard Lapasset as president in Las Vegas today, according to reports.

From The Score The Morning Score: Monday Early Doors

The Morning Score: Monday

Two Irish ladies take medals, Martin O’Neill is off to a winning start and Celtic chiefs await UEFA decision.

# irb - Friday 9 December, 2011

From The Score Unnamed player fails Rugby World Cup drugs test Controversy

Unnamed player fails Rugby World Cup drugs test

The IRB has confirmed that the unnamed individual played for one of the sides that failed to make it past the group stages of the tournament.

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