Potential fixtures - 15/08/2020

With the fixture schedule still very much up in the air as we await to see what will happen with the second wave of Covid-19, we asked Frank to take a speculative look at how the remaining fixtures may be laid out. 

Possible international schedule for autumn / winter 2020 All international tournaments. (Concerning Ireland (teams)


SANZAR and Six Nations have been making steady progress towards a Global Rugby Calendar

Following the World Rugby meetings in March this year, SANZAAR and the Six Nations (“the Nations”) have been working closely over the lockdown period against a set of key principles between the parties, to develop and agree proposals for an aligned global calendar.

Even though ...


The Board of the Guinness PRO14 has completed a significant strategic partnership investment from CVC Capital Partners Fund VII ("CVC Fund VII") that will allow the league to work towards its full p...

Rugby and the Virus - 06/06/2020
Chairman World Rugby

Virus or not Bill Beaumont was re-elected as chairman for four more years, having spent the last few years invisible, even at the RWC where he botched the typhoon situation and left many countries licking their wounds.

All the six nations countries voted for him (payback time) in this most undemocratic ballot, with a 110 affiliated countries there are o...

World Rugby has announced that, with immediate effect, it will no longer be possible to score a try by grounding the ball against the post protector.

The minor amendment to Law 8 was approved by the World Rugby Council during its special meeting held via teleconference today and follows a recommendation by the international federation's Rugby Committee and specialist Laws Review Grou...

Sir Bill Beaumont elected World Rugby Chairman for a second term

• World Rugby Council elects Beaumont as Chairman for four-year term
• Beaumont achieves first round majority to confirm second term
• Fédération Française de Rugby President Bernard Laporte elected Vice-Chairman
• New World Rugby Executive Committee elected

Apres Covid 19 Virus - 31/03/2020

The World of Rugby,

by Frank Quinn

A new beginning

We draw the line under May, June, July and August and target each of them for a restart for rugby.
You can be sure that World Rugby the governing body has a contingency plan for each month.

It looks like we will have to draw on the China example as a template, they s...

We can lament the demise of Ireland 2.0 under Farrell, who, let us be honest, was always an able successor to Joe Schmidt. To think Farrell was just there making up the numbers under Schmidt would be idiotic, his influence and input were highly valued by his predecessor, so the ‘new kid on the block’ tag doesn’t fit.

I feel compelled to write this piece in light of ...

England 24 Ireland 12

Report by Frank Quinn

I will recover but will Ireland? This is the third consecutive loss in twelve months to England for the same team (The Joe Schmidt selection). The score line does not do justice to England who should have been out of sight at half time with their dominance of possession and territory.

Two scrappy tr...

Despite initial fears over early broadcast times in the Northern hemisphere and criticism of the tournament being held in Japan, online search statistics gathered during the Rugby World Cup 2019 show that global fan interest in the ninth edition of the competition grew dramatically for the first time in over twelve years.

According to figures analysed by

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