George Clancy: part of a 12-member panel that will referee at Rugby World Cup 2015. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Ireland’s George Clancy and John Lacey have been chosen as part of a 12-member panel that will referee at Rugby World Cup 2015. World Rugby also co(...)

French referee  Jerome Garces:  Given Ireland’s penchant for competing in the air, the recent decisions by Garces may haunt them in Edinburgh.  Photograph: Inpho

A final day at the Six Nations where all three matches are intertwined, the possible king makers are Kiwi, French and Welsh. A penalty when the scr(...)

Wayne Barnes will referee Ireland versus Wales. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

English referee Wayne Barnes has been appointed to take charge of the key RBS Six Nations clash between Wales and Ireland in Cardiff on March 14th.Bar(...)

France’s Yoann Huget goes over for his try in the Six Nations clash against Scotland at Murrayfield. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Scotland 17 France 19: Scotland suffered last-gasp heartache as France snatched a(...)

Stephen Moore revealed the secret to Ireland beating New Zealand:  just stop Kieran Read. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

We approached the Wallabies afterwards cap in hand. Help us, please help us. After this painfully laboured showing how on earth does Ireland cope with(...)

Ireland’s Fergus McFadden is tackled by Australia’s Michael Hooper during the Guinness Series match at the Aviva Stadium.  Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

As reality checks go this was pretty sobering, to put it mildly. Ireland were beaten out the gate by a Wallabies side which was superior in every sing(...)

George North carries the ball and Australia’s Israel Folau downfield at the Etihad Stadium, Melbourne. Photograph: David Davies/PA Wire.

Australia 16 Lions 15: This always had the look of a game which would be decided by one moment, and long before the end, in truth, the Wallabies looke(...)

 Graham Rowntree faces the media in Melbourne. The Lions’ forwards coach was was at pains to move on from James Horwill being cleared of stamping. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

A Lions tour seems to scarcely go by without some controversy regarding disciplinary issues. Akin to previous odysseys to the Southern Hemisphere, as (...)

Referee Chris Pollock watches as Australia’s Kurtley Beale  slips and misses a penalty in the last minute of the first Test against the British & Irish Lions in Brisbane. Photograph:  Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

British & Irish Lions coach Warren Gatland was unimpressed by the performance of New Zealand referee Chris Pollock during the first Test in Brisba(...)

Munster’s Paul O’Connell at odds with referee Romain Poite in an Amlin Cup tie.

The Lions roadshow moved on to the warmer climes of Brisbane yesterday, where the forecast heavy rains of Friday are due to move on and ensure a dry m(...)