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.
Taoiseach Enda Kenny has joined a host of political, sporting and broadcasting legends to send a message of support to the Irish Women's Rugby Squad ahead of the forthcoming Women's Rugby World Cup, which begins in Paris on 1st August. Good luck messages from Eamon Dunphy, John Giles, Liam Brady, Olympians Ronnie Delaney, John Tracey, Rob Heffernan and Derval O'Rourke, the Dublin Women's GAA team, Northern Ireland Minister for Culture Arts and Leisure Carál ní Chuilín, Tánaiste Joan Burton, broadcasters, Irish senior men's team players, domestic grassroots rugby teams and schoolgirl rugby players.
Speaking after the draw for the 2015 Rugby World Cup, Ireland captain Brian O'Driscoll said: "World Cup draws, you never lick your lips thinking that's excellent. But we definitely feel we're capable of beating all of the teams in our pool on our day if we get it right."
Michael Corcoran caught up with head coach Declan Kidney after Ireland's Rugby World Cup quarter-final defeat to Wales. "It will be a hard one to take, there'll be a few long days. But they're good men, they'll rise again and that's all that you can ever do in life," he said.
Speaking to Michael Corcoran after Ireland's Rugby World Cup exit, Paul O'Connell said: "We just failed to play to our potential. We're an excellent side but we're not the type of team that can play below par and expect to beat teams, especially at this stage of the competition. It's disappointing."
Listen to the team captains Brian O'Driscoll and Sam Warburton give their reaction after Saturday's Rugby World Cup quarter-final in Wellington. The tournament is over for Ireland after their 22-10 defeat.
Ireland head coach Declan Kidney talks to Michael Corcoran about the selected team to face Wales in the Rugby World Cup quarter-final and the chances of Rory Best taking his place in the starting line-up.
Speaking to Michael Corcoran ahead of the Rugby World Cup quarter-final against Wales, Brian O'Driscoll said: "We just have to start with the intensity we showed in the second half against Italy and if we can begin like that and carry throughout, I think we'll be a tough team to live with. It really boils down to that essentially."
Donncha O'Callaghan gave his pre-match views to Michael Corcoran ahead of Saturday's Rugby World Cup quarter-final against Wales, talking about his personal goal of 'wanting to say my time in the jersey was a bit special and that we did things other Irish teams didn't do.'
Speaking to Michael Corcoran at the Irish squad's base in Wellington, Tommy Bowe said: "I know a lot of the players we'll be coming up against this weekend. (Playing in Wales) I can try and offer whatever insight I can, but the Irish boys play against the Welsh that many times there's not much they don't know about them."
Listen to the team captains Sergio Parisse and Brian O'Driscoll give their reaction after Sunday's Rugby World Cup Pool C match in Dunedin. The 36-6 win has sent Ireland through to the quarter-finals as pool winners.
Speaking to Michael Corcoran about playing in an indoor stadium against Italy, Brian O'Driscoll said: "It's great that we can guarantee we'll have a dry ball on the night. By all accounts, it's incredibly loud in there. Hopefully we'll get the same support we've been getting and we'll give them something to roar about."
After revealing the team and replacements to face Italy, Ireland head coach Declan Kidney spoke to Michael Corcoran about the selection decisions and how Sunday's game in Dunedin is effectively a 'cup final' for both sides.
Chatting to Michael Corcoran ahead of Sunday's Pool C encounter with Italy, Stephen Ferris spoke about Ireland's drive to make it four pool wins out of four, the strengths of the Italian team and his off-field antics with room-mate Sean O'Brien.
Speaking to Michael Corcoran about Sunday's clash with Italy, Sean O'Brien said: "There's a little bit of fear driving you knowing that you could be going out of the competition if you don't front up and play well. Training has been sharp, it's just a matter now of getting out there and doing our job."
Listen to a version of 'Ireland's Call', the Ireland team anthem for the 2011 Rugby World Cup, arranged by Stephen Bremner and recorded by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and a nationally selected choir.
Speaking to Michael Corcoran ahead of the Italy match, Keith Earls said: "It's going to be a tough game, they're going well and getting a lot better through the years. Hopefully we can throw the ball around a bit, but we know we're going to have to be physical and go through the Italians first."