Gloucester captain  Billy Twelvetrees dives to scre a try  against Edinburgh during their European  Challenge Cup final at Twickenham Stoop. Photograph: Getty Images

Edinburgh 13 Gloucester 19 Gloucester survived Bill Meakes’ red card to see off Edinburgh and claim Challenge Cup glory at the Twickenham Stoop, r(...)

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(...)

Jamie Heaslip during Leinster’s captain’s run at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

It’s hard not to over-play the importance of this fixture. Leinster’s season looks to be distilled into 80 minutes. Dip into their undoubted European (...)

French referee Jérôme Garcès, who refereed Ireland’s Six Nations defeat of Scotland at Murrayfield last month, will take charge of Leinster’s Champions Cup game against Bath at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho.

Jérôme Garcès will referee Leinster in the Champions Cup for the third time this season having previously officiated when the Irish province lost 24-1(...)

 Mathieu Raynal will take charge of Connacht’s European Challenge Cup quarter-final away to Gloucester on Friday due to an injury to Romain Poite. Photograph:  Gaizka Iroz/AFP/Getty Images

The team of officials at both Leinster and Connacht’s European quarter-finals have been changed due to an injury to French referee Roman Poite. Poite (...)

Robbie Henshaw of Ireland is tackled by Finn Russell of Scotland during the RBS Six Nations match at Murrayfield on Saturday. Photograph: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

A total of 221 points and 27 tries in three matches on one day; how do you like them apples Steve Hansen? The best laid plans rarely survive the first(...)

Ireland number eight Jamie Heaslip makes the crucial try-saving tackle as Scotland fullback  Stuart Hogg loses possession and knocks on going over the try line during the Six Nations game at Murrayfield. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho 9:27

It was a day of tiny margins where fate smiled on Ireland. A late try in Rome punctured rampant Welsh enthusiasm and despite missing two eminently kic(...)

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(...)

Johnny Sexton should have a big game against Scotland after the disappointment in Cardiff. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

A unique, staggered, three-way tussle for the title has ensured that whatever the Six Nations has lacked in quality it has atoned for with the grandes(...)

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(...)