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How we use Cookies

As the body with overall responsibility for managing rugby union in Ireland, we at the Irish Rugby Football Union (the “IRFU”, “we”, “our” and “us”) will often have reason to process information (“Personal Data”) of those who interact with us directly and others who are involved in the game at various levels in Ireland (“you” or “your”). We respect and value your privacy. That is why we have set out in this Cookie Policy and our Privacy Policy  how and why Personal Data relating to you will be collected and processed by the IRFU and/or on our behalf by our third-party service providers

Cookie Policy

For the purposes of this policy, the controller of your Personal Data is the Irish Rugby Football Union of 10/12 Lansdowne Road, Dublin 4, Ireland. This Cookie Policy is part of our overall Privacy Policy. This Policy is dated 23/07/2019.

What is a Cookie

A cookie is a small text file that may be stored on your computer or mobile device that contains data related to a website which you visit. It may allow a website to track or remember your actions or preferences over a period of time, or it may contain data related to the function or delivery of the site. Cookies can be set by the owner of the website or in some cases by third party services the website owner allows to present other information, run content or provide other functionality such as analytics. For more information about cookies, please visit https://www.allaboutcookies.org/ or http://ec.europa.eu/ipg/basics/legal/cookies/index_en.htm.

Website users can also control which Cookies are set on their devices for more information see the section How to Disable Cookies as part of this document.

Cookies – EU Directive

From 26 May 2011 a new European Union directive requires us to gain the consent of our users to download cookies on to their machines. This Cookie policy will inform you on what Cookies we use and what they are used for. When you visit our website, you will have the option in our cookie banner to either accept or disable all but strictly necessary Cookies.

Strictly Necessary Cookies

These cookies are essential in order to enable you to move around the website and use its features, such as accessing secure areas of the website. Without these cookies services you have asked for, like shopping baskets or e-billing, cannot be provided. These cookies are necessary for the website to function and cannot be switched off in our systems.

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These cookies collect information about how visitors use a website, for instance which pages visitors go to most often, and if they get error messages from web pages. These cookies don’t collect information that identifies a visitor. All information these cookies collect is aggregated and therefore anonymous. It is only used to improve how a website works.

Click on a link below to see the privacy policy and manage your consent across the internet for each cookie type:

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Third Party Cookies

These cookies allow the website to remember choices you make (such as your user name, language or the region you are in) and provide enhanced, more personal features. For instance, a website may be able to provide you with local weather reports or traffic news by storing in a cookie the region in which you are currently located.

These cookies can also be used to remember changes you have made to text size, fonts and other parts of web pages that you can customise. They may also be used to provide services you have asked for such as watching a video or commenting on a blog. The information these cookies collect may be anonymised and they cannot track your browsing activity on other websites.

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Advertising Cookies

These cookies are used to deliver adverts more relevant to you and your interests They are also used to limit the number of times you see an advertisement as well as help measure the effectiveness of the advertising campaign. They are usually placed by advertising networks with the website operator’s permission. They remember that you have visited a website and this information is shared with other organisations such as advertisers. Quite often targeting or advertising cookies will be linked to site functionality provided by the other organisation.

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Google Analytics

IRFU uses Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google. Google Analytics collects first party cookies, which are text files placed on your computer to collect standard internet log information and visitor behaviour. This information is sent to Google and is used to evaluate how our website is being used. This enables IRFU to compile statistical reports. A full list of cookies used by Google Analytics and explanations on how these work are available on the Google code website.

IRFU does not associate any data gathered with any other personally identifying information. We will not link or seek to link an IP address with the identity of a computer user. In short, Google Analytics doesn’t identify who you are, but it does track your movements on our websites.

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How to disable cookies

You can stop cookies being downloaded on to your computer by selecting the appropriate settings on your browser. However please note that if you do this you may not be able to use the full functionality of this website.

Within your browser you can normally choose whether you wish to accept cookies or not. Different browsers make different controls available to you and so we provide links below to popular manufacturers’ instructions on how you can do this.

Generally, your browser will offer you the choice to accept, refuse or delete cookies at all times, or those from providers that website owners use (‘third party cookies’), or those from specific websites.

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To find information relating to other browsers, please visit the browser developer’s website.

To opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites, visit https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout.


The IRFU recognise that we have legal obligations in terms of the collection and use of personal data made available to us.

This website is provided on an “AS IS” basis and the IRFU excludes all warranties or representations of any kind with respect to this website or its contents.

The contents of this website are designed to comply with Irish law. You may be viewing the website in a market in which we do not commonly sell our goods. The IRFU cannot be held responsible for non-compliance with any local advertising or other laws in relation to this website or its contents.

Your Consent

By using our website, you consent to collection and use of any information you provide to us by the IRFU for the purposes described above. If we decide to change our privacy policy, we will post those changes on this page. At any time when browsing our website, you can update your cookie choices. If at any time you wish to update the information which we hold about you, or if you wish to stop receiving information from the IRFU, please contact us at dataprivacy@irishrugby.ie.

We recommend you re-visit this page periodically to check for changes. We endeavour to take all reasonable steps to protect your personal data including the use of encryption technology but cannot guarantee the security of any data you disclose online. You accept the inherent security implications of sending information over the Internet and will not hold us responsible for any breach of security unless we have been negligent.

If you are under the age of 18 you may register on the website to receive newsletters and other information but only with parental or guardian consent. You may only make purchases on this website if you are aged 18 or over or, if under 18, have received parental or guardian consent.