In a boost for the profile of a range of World Rugby tournaments, Eir Sport has been named as rights-holding broadcaster in the Republic of Ireland for Rugby World Cup 2019, Women's Rugby World Cup 2017 and other key events.
With pre-season now underway, seven new recruits have so far been added to the Greencore Munster Rugby Academy for the 2016/17 season. Ireland Under-20 players Shane Daly, Vincent O'Brien and Sean O'Connor are included in the new intake.
The Ireland Under-20 squad can look back on their campaign in Manchester with huge pride, having achieved a best ever finish of second at a World Rugby U-20 Championship and become the first Irish national men's team to beat a New Zealand side. Number 8 Max Deegan was also crowned the Player of the Tournament and four forwards - Andrew Porter, Adam McBurney, James Ryan and Deegan - were picked for the Championship's Dream Team.
The Ireland Under-20s (sponsored by PwC) are 80 minutes away from lifting World Championship silverware - they meet England in a mouth-watering final at the AJ Bell Stadium on Saturday night (kick-off 7pm).
The five nominees for the 2016 World Rugby Under-20 Championship Player of the Tournament - including Ireland's Max Deegan - have been announced as the competition nears its dramatic conclusion in Manchester on Saturday.
There will be a local derby in next Saturday's World Rugby Under-20 Championship final after Ireland and tournament hosts England won tonight's semi-finals, ending the hopes of Argentina and South Africa respectively. Check out the match highlights.
Hugo Keenan, Johnny McPhillips, Terry Kennedy and Andrew Porter all touched down as the Ireland Under-20s made it three successive World Rugby U-20 Championship wins against Georgia. Check out our match photo gallery.
A workmanlike performance against last year's World Rugby Under-20 Trophy champions saw the Ireland Under-20s emerge as 35-7 winners over Georgia tonight, a result which booked their place in the World Rugby U-20 Championship semi-finals. Check out highlights of the match in Manchester.
After defeating Grand Slam champions Wales and reigning World champions New Zealand, the Ireland Under-20s overcame Georgia tonight to set up a date with Argentina in Monday's World Rugby U-20 Championship semi-finals.
The scene is set for a very exciting day at the World Rugby Under-20 Championship in Manchester where the Ireland Under-20s (sponsored by PwC) are on course to finish top of Pool A and qualify for the semi-finals.