The Six Nations kicked off with England boss Steve Borthwick and Wales chief Warren Gatland getting their tenures off to the worst possible start against Scotland and Ireland respectively. And on Sunday, Grand Slam-holders France edged past Italy in Rome.
Ireland cruised to a 34-10 bonus-point victory over Wales in the opening match of the 2023 Six Nations on Saturday.
Rugby's Six Nations Championship returns this weekend for the 2023 tournament, with some faces old and new leading the teams.
World Rugby intends to follow the Rugby Football Union's lead with a reduction in the defensive height at the elite level of the game.
Ireland named a near full-strength squad for the Six Nations on Thursday, with one uncapped player among the 37 selected and captain Johnny Sexton included as expected as he bids to return to fitness for the Feb. 4 opener in Wales.
Ireland flanker Josh Van der Flier has been named World Rugby's Player of the Year, after helping drive his nation to the top of the world rankings through a stellar 2022 season.
It was another thrilling weekend of rugby as the Autumn Nations Series delivered for the fourth straight week. From Georgia's historic win, the Wallabies' injury woes and Nic White's concussion, and England's late comeback, there is plenty to unpack.
The Wallabies slumped to a ninth loss for 2022, losing 13-10 to Ireland in a largely forgettable Test match. While they showed character against mounting injuries, the opening three minutes of this match largely summed up their increasingly awful year.
The injury-ravaged Wallabies have fallen to their third straight loss, going down 13-10 to world No.1 Ireland in Dublin in another thrilling contest.
Dave Rennie insists he is a glass-half-full person who is not being weighed down by speculation his job may be on the rocks, the Kiwi also standing by his decision to make wholesale changes against Italy which he hopes will pay dividends against Ireland.
Following his Wallabies debut against Italy last week, Mark Nawaqanitawase has earned a surprise second start when Australia clash with Ireland on Sunday [AEDT].
Week 4 of the Autumn Nations Series is headlined by big Tests in Twickenham and Dublin, the latter of which will see the Wallabies look to bounce back from a historic loss to Italy. Stay across all the lineups, team news and match odds.
Week 3 of the Autumn Nations Series is headlined by big Tests in Marseille and Edinburgh, the latter of which will see Scotland attempt to down the All Blacks for the first time in 32 attempts. Stay across all the lineups, team news and match odds.
Ireland played to their strengths in a straightforward 35-17 victory over Fiji on Saturday, proving too organised up front for their ill-disciplined opponents in a game that will not be long remembered.
The second weekend of the Autumn Nations Series is in the books, with gripping encounters played out across Dublin, Paris and London. But were they as entertaining, or at least enjoyable, as the women's World Cup semis in New Zealand.
Ireland came out on top in a physical battle against South Africa with a 19-16 victory on Saturday that handed the top side in the global rankings a psychological boost over the world champions ahead of next year's World Cup.
After a entree serving of Test rugby at the weekend, we're set for the main course over three delicious sittings in November. Nine of World Rugby's top 10 ranked nations are in action this weekend. Stay across all the lineups, team news and match odds.
The northern and southern hemispheres come together for a massive slate of Test matches this autumn, in what is likely the last time the Six Nations and Rugby Championship nations will face each other before the World Cup. So what's new for the top 10?
Bundee Aki will miss Ireland's Test matches against South Africa and Fiji in November after being given an eight-match ban.
A group of former players have issued formal legal proceedings against World Rugby and the governing bodies of England (RFU) and Wales (WRU) over claims that the failure to protect them led to the early onset of dementia, British media reported.
Ireland have jumped to No. 1 in the men's World Rugby rankings following their historic 33-22 victory over New Zealand on Saturday.
Once were warriors; now they're just worried. The All Blacks' slump has engaged New Zealanders in a national bout of introspection and exasperation, much centred on besieged coach Ian Foster.
A courageous Ireland held off a fierce All Blacks fightback to claim an epic 32-22 win in the series-deciding third Test in Wellington on Saturday.
Weeks don't come much bigger for the All Blacks. Coach Ian Foster and Sam Cane are under mounting pressure as New Zealand fight to avoid a series defeat by Ireland -- and back-to-back home defeats for the first time in 24 years.
The rugby world can turn itself inside out talking about the problems within the game, and has probably never before done so with such disdain as it has this week. But four series deciders this weekend offer cause for at least muted celebration.
- IRE1stTries Scored Ireland tied in 1st with FranceFRA1st1st 4 Tries
- Points Difference= 1st 24 points