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.
Despite Ireland failing to get beyond the quarter-final stage in New Zealand, young back rower Sean O'Brien certainly had a first Rugby World Cup to remember. The tournament's official website has now hailed him as one of its five best players.
IRFU international referees George Clancy and Alain Rolland will be involved in the final matches of the 2011 Rugby World Cup - the bronze final between Australia and Wales and the much-anticipated tournament decider between hosts New Zealand and France.
The IRFU Charitable Trust cyclists have returned to Ireland after their trek through the South Island of New Zealand to raise funds for seriourly injured rugby players. Little did they know they would take in Ireland's historic win over Australia and a snow storm along the way.
Ireland's 2011 Rugby World Cup journey was ended by Wales in Wellington last Saturday, but there were plenty of high points to look back on over the course of the campaign. Inpho's Billy Stickland and Dan Sheridan captured some of the best of them.