Craig Joubert sprints from the pitch at the end of Scotland’s narrow Rugby World Cup loss to Australia. Photograph: Getty

Referee Craig Joubert has admitted with hindsight he would have reconsidered his decision to award Australia a contentious penalty which saw them edge(...)

Wales head coach Warren Gatland has apologised for his ‘just banter’ comments. Photograph: David Davies/PA

The Wales head coach Warren Gatland has apologised for referring to the insult Joe Marler aimed at Samson Lee as “just banter”. Marler is facing a fo(...)

 Wales prop Tomas Francis has been banned for eight weeks by an independent Six Nations disciplinary committee for ‘recklessly making contact with the eye or eye area’ of England prop Dan Cole during last Saturday’s match at Twickenham, the RBS Six Nations has announced. Photograph: David Davies/PA

The Exeter and Wales prop Tomas Francis has been banned for eight weeks after he was adjudged to have recklessly made contact with the eye area of Dan(...)

England prop Joe Marler called Samson Lee ‘gypsy boy’ during England Six Nations win over Wales. Photograph: Afp

England have revealed that Joe Marler has apologised to Samson Lee for verbally abusing the Wales prop in Saturday’s 25-21 Six Nations victory at Twic(...)

Anthony Watson scores  England’s try during the Six Nations match at Twickenham. Photograph: Andrew Fosker/Inpho

England 25 Wales 21 England edged to the brink of a first Six Nations title for five years with a 25-21 victory over Wales but were forced to survive(...)

Gareth Davies scores a Wales try during the Pool A game against England at last year’s World Cup. Photograph: AFP

Sometimes the Six Nations feels about as light and airy as a dessert trolley from the 1970s. Treacle sponge, knickerbocker glory, banana fritters: th(...)

France’s Guilhem Guirado should have been carded by referee Jaco Peyper after his late shoulder on Johnny Sexton during the Six Nations game in Paris. Photograph: Inpho.

When the International Rugby Board and the Rugby World Cup organisers clamped down on high hits and clearing out around the neck at rucks during the 2(...)

Paul O’Connell is stretchered off at half-time after receiving a serious leg injury during Ireland’s pool match against France at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff. Photograph: David Davies/PA Wire.

Amid the prevailing end-of-year doom and gloom, lest we forget that was the year that produced the greatest World Cup ever – as well as Super Saturday(...)

Australian referee Angus Gardner will take charge of Ireland’s Six Nations match at home to Italy on March 12th. Photograph: Jason Oxenham/Getty Images

Former Munster player John Lacey and George Clancy are Ireland’s sole referee representatives in the 2016 Six Nations Championship, which gets underwa(...)

Japan players celebrate their momentous victory over South Africa in the pool section – the Brave Blossoms missed out on a place in the quarter-finals but won the hearts of the rugby world. Photograph: Getty Images

Gerry Thornley Match of the tournament? Spoilt for choice. Japan provided the best finish, Australia v Argentina was the most breathless, but t(...)