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 2:02

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 gran(...)

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(...)

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(...)

England’s James Haskell is tackled by Wales’ Taulupe Faletu during their Six Nations match at the Millennium stadium in Cardiff. Photograph: Rebecca Naden/Reuters

Wales promised to be different, but words these days mean nothing. It could have been Warrenbull to wrong-foot England with Warrenball always the p(...)

  Jérôme Garcès, who sent off Jared Payne in last year’s Heineken Cup, will referee Ireland’s match with Scotland. Photograph: Darren Kidd/INPHO/Presseye

“Not rolling away”, “off his feet”, “in from the side”, “crooked-in”, “forward”, “not releasing”, “dropping his bind” and “boring in”, represent a tin(...)

Wasps’ Ashley Johnson  stands over Leinster’s Dave Kearney before being sin binned in the first minute of the Champions Cup match at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry. Photo: Mike Egerton/PA

Would you be a referee? I wouldn’t. There’s too many players like me to deal with, for a start. Fellas who will try anything and everything, push thin(...)