Malakai Fekitoa scored the crucial try for New Zealand in Brisbane.  Photograph: Getty Images

Australia 28 New Zealand 29 New Zealand scored and converted a last-gasp try to seal a dramatic 29-28 victory over Australia in Brisbane on Saturday i(...)

The ERC press release accompanying the decision to suspend Jared Payne for the tackle against Alex Goode of Saracens that resulted in the Ulster fullback’s red card came with the wording that Payne  had been red-carded for “an alleged dangerous charge (sic)”, rather than tackling, tapping, pushing or pulling. This was, effectively, a new one. Photograph: Brian Little/Inpho/Presseye

Here’s a question. Supposing Jared Payne and Alex Goode made the exact same runs as when they collided last Saturday week in Ravenhill, which r(...)

Larissa Muldoon celebrates scoring a try for Ireland during their Six Nations clash with England in Twickenham, on February 22nd, 2014. Ireland lost 17-10.   Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

It takes guts to openly proclaim you want to win something. That’s what made losing at Twickenham such a tough pill to swallow. But the (...)

Jonathan Sexton is tackled by England’s Owen Farrell. The Ireland outhalf has had better days with his decision making and kicking.  Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho 2:33

It was a suitably grey and grim Sunday morning in London, but as Gordon D’Arcy forecast the sun would shine again and it duly did so – brilliantly,(...)

England’s Danny Care goes over for England’s winning  try during the Six Nations clash against Ireland at Twickenham. Photograph: Eddie Keogh/Reuters 2:11

England 13 Ireland 10: By the smallest of margins are such games decided. Today, (...)

Ireland’s Rob Kearney scores the third  try against Scotland  at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire 3:19

Ireland 28 Scotland 6It was a curious afternoon, one initially pockmarked by frustration as Ireland huffed and puffed their way through the opening 40(...)

Ireland captain  Paul O’Connell has been ruled out of the game against Scotland at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ireland captain Paul O’Connell will miss this afternoon’s Six Nations match against Scotland (3pm kick-off) through illness. Dan Tuohy will now start (...)

Referee Craig Joubert of South Africa didn’t endear himself to French fans with his display in the 2011 Rugby World Cup final between New Zealand and France at Eden Park Stadium in Auckland. Photo: Gabriel Bouys/Getty Images

I learned early in this reporting game that often it’s the impression of competence which counts, and it was a rugby match played long ago that provid(...)

The Chiefs perform a haka after winning the Super Rugby final against the Brumbies at Waikato Stadium  in Hamilton, New Zealand. Photograph: Hannah Johnston/Getty Images

Chiefs 27 Brumbies 22: The Chiefs claimed the Super Rugby title for the second consecutive season with a 27-22 come-from-behind victory over the Brumb(...)

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(...)