Italy captain  Sergio Parisse is tackled by England’s Luther Burrell (above) and Jonny May during the Six Nations match at Twickenham. Photograph: David Davies/PA

England head coach Stuart Lancaster sees plenty of room for improvement despite England claiming a second win from two Six Nations matches with a six-(...)

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(...)

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(...)

Montpellier’s centre Lucas Dupont breaks clear for one of his two tries in the Champions Cup clash against Toulouse  at the Altrad stadium in Montpellier. Photograph: Pascal Guyot/AFP

Leinster will meet Bath in Dublin in the Champions Cup quarter-finals on the first weekend in April, with the game set to take place at the Aviva Stad(...)

Connacht captain John Muldoon and  coach Pat Lam during the Ulster v Connacht Pro12  game at Kingspan Stadium, Belfast, on St Stephen’s Day. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Connacht coach Pat Lam has expressed disappointment at this season’s annual St Stephen’s Day fixture being rearranged to take place against Ulster in (...)

Connacht’s Denis Buckley takes on the Ulster defence. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

It’s unlikely that Ruan Pienaar will return for Ulster against Leinster on January 3rd having re-damaged the knee he injured playing for South Africa (...)

Connacht’s Bundee Aki in action during the Guinness Pro12 game against the Ospreys at  Liberty Stadium in Swansea. Photograph: Ian Cook/Inpho

Ospreys 26 Connacht 11Connacht failed to take advantage of an Ospreys side short of nine internationals as they produced something of a Halloween shoc(...)

 Connacht’s Kieran Marmion scores the decisive  try at the Sportsground. Photograph: James Crombie / Inpho

Connacht 10 Leinster 9 “We are top of the league,” chanted the delirious home support in the Clan Terrace. To the delight of the vast majority of the (...)

Wasps’  Joe Simpson celebrates after scoring a try during the European Rugby Champions Cup play-off first leg match against Stade Francais Paris at Adams Park, High Wycombe, England. Photograph: Getty Images

Wasps 30Stade Français 29Wasps drew first blood in the race to complete next season’s European Champions Cup lineup when Andy Goode landed the(...)

Referee Luke Pearce kept control of the decision and did his job correctly in sending off Tom Court against Leinster. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The next challenge for the Pro 12 is to eradicate the sloppy officiating that has become all too evident in recent months. Referees are not the proble(...)