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(...)

Scotland’s Finn Russell has had his appeal against a two-week ban turned down after he took out opposite number Dan Biggar in the air. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Finn Russell will miss Scotland’s RBS 6 Nations clash with Italy after his appeal against a two-week ban was thrown out by tournament bosses.A Six Nat(...)

Adam Jones walks off with a dislocated shoulder  during the second Test  between South Africa and the British and Irish Lions in 2009, after Bakkies Botha hit him with a no-arm clearout. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

“That’s a very interesting one” said a current Test official when shown a video of a 19-stone international prop taking out an opponent with a flying (...)

Scotland outhalf Finn Russell was handed a two-week ban for this tackle on Wales outhalf  Dan Biggar during the Six Nations match  at Murrayfield. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images

The Scottish Rugby Union intends to appeal the two-week suspension handed down to Scotland outhalf Finn Russell for his tackle on Wales’ Dan Biggar d(...)

Ireland’s Jamie Heaslip stands for the National Anthem against France. He was substituted after 60 minutes with a back injury. Photograph:  James Crombie/ Inpho

Jamie Heaslip will miss Ireland’s next Six Nations Championship match against England at the Aviva Stadium on Sunday week after scans revealed that(...)

Wales’ Jonathan Davies runs through to score a try against Scotland during the  Six Nations match at  Murrayfield. Photograph:  Owen Humphreys/PA

Scotland 23 Wales 26Wales claimed an eighth successive victory over Scotland as they revived their Six Nations title hopes following a thrilling win a(...)

Scotland outhalf Finn Russell will need to be pivotal against Wales on Sunday if they are to recover from last week’s defeat in Paris. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Two teams face each other at Murrayfield on Sunday on the back of opening-round defeats, but there is a marked difference in their psyches.Scotland h(...)

Ireland physio Keith Fox assesses Conor Murray before leading him  from the pitch late in the game against Australia. Photo: Colm O’Neill/Inpho.

After the game on Saturday, I got a Tweet from Peter Robinson, father of the schoolboy Benjamin Robinson who died on the side of a rugby pitch in J(...)

Australia coach Michael Cheika: ‘We lacked that clinical edge at the end. We don’t have that yet.’ Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Michael Cheika called it a “rain of bombs.” Jonathan Sexton was the man lighting the fuse and while it wasn’t his best game for Ireland his influence (...)

Les Kiss: delighted to get the security in the long term and is focused on next year. Photograph: Inpho/Presseye/Jonathan Porter

In addition to confirming that Neil Doak will be Ulster’s head coach on a full-time basis, the IRFU has also announced that Les Kiss will resume his d(...)