TV3 has confirmed it will be the exclusive home of this year's Rugby World Cup in Ireland. All 48 matches will be shown free-to-air across the station when the tournament kicks off in September, it was announced today at a launch from the Merrion Hotel in Dublin.
With two years to go until the world's top rugby players arrive in England for the 2015 Rugby World Cup, Gilbert Rugby has launched the design of the official match ball that will play its part in every pass, kick and try at the showcase event.
Ireland will play two of their Pool D matches in the 2015 Rugby World Cup at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium, with their other fixtures pencilled in for the iconic Wembley Stadium and the Olympic Stadium, which played host to last summer's successful London Games.
The Irish Rugby Football Union has confirmed that it has had preliminary discussions with the Gaelic Athletic Association in relation to the availability of GAA grounds as part of a possible Irish bid to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup.
The Ireland squad may have been knocked out of the Rugby World Cup a few weeks ago, but they are hoping that their time spent in New Zealand can continue to have a positive effect after their departure and have made a donation of NZD$6,000 to the Christchurch Earthquake Appeal Fund.
Ireland came into the Rugby World Cup in eighth position in the IRB World Rankings. Following an exciting, action-packed few weeks in New Zealand, Declan Kidney's men are now ranked sixth in the world as thoughts turn to the 2012 RBS 6 Nations Championship.