England’s prop Joe Marler  clashes with Wales’ prop Samson Lee  during the Six Nations clash at Twickenham. Photograph: Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty

World Rugby was right to summons Joe Marler to face an independent misconduct hearing over his “gypsy boy” comment to the Welsh tighthead Samson Lee d(...)

Simon Zebo’s failed offload that led to an Australian try in November 2014. “I didn’t get ‘effed’ out of it so I’m happy to continue playing that way,” he says. Photograph: Ian Walton/Getty Images.

The question came at the end of his group interview. Simon Zebo was asked would he still love the game if he wasn’t able to play it as he wanted? He (...)

Jamie Heaslip: “If you are an Irishman and you’re playing tiddlywinks against an Englishman, or chess or scrabble, you want to beat him.” Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

At face value, it looks like the toughest fixture this season’s RBS Six Nations itinerary can throw up. England, rejuvenated under Eddie Jones, are tw(...)

Australian referee Angus Gardner will take charge of Ireland’s Six Nations match at home to Italy on March 12th. Photograph: Jason Oxenham/Getty Images

Former Munster player John Lacey and George Clancy are Ireland’s sole referee representatives in the 2016 Six Nations Championship, which gets underwa(...)

Kurtley Beale has come to embody Michael Cheika’s Wallabies revolution and has now been backed to typify Australia’s bid for future greatness. Photograph: Mike Egerton/PA

Kurtley Beale has come to embody Michael Cheika’s Wallabies revolution and has now been backed to typify Australia’s bid for future greatness. Cheika (...)

Scrumhalf Aaron Smith’s dynamic contributions have enabled New Zealand to play with the fast tempo that has become their hallmark. Photograph:   Phil Walter/Getty Images

Go through the history of the Rugby World Cup and aside from having a celebrated number 10, the eventual champions invariably have the world’s best(...)

 David Pocock of Australia passes the ball during a training session at The Lensbury Hotel in London. Photograph: Dan Mullan/Getty Images

The state David Pocock and Israel Folau show up in may dictate this result. Their loss, along with Scott Sio’s busted-up elbow, would equate to Ire(...)

Ireland coach Joe Schmidt faces a number of difficult decisions when it comes to selecting his squad for the World Cup.

Some celebrated outside backs are likely to miss out on the Ireland 31-man squad when it is submitted to the World Cup organisers by 5pm on Monday. No(...)

Ian Madigan could play at scrumhalf if necessary for Ireland.

Murphy’s Law – “whatever can go wrong, will” – is something Australia coach Michael Cheika is unlikely to take too seriously. While most teams (...)

Will Genia was selected in Michael Cheika’s 31-man World Cup squad despite a lack of playing time due to injury. Photograph: Getty

Australia scrumhalf Will Genia felt “embarrassed” to be picked in the Wallabies’ World Cup squad ahead of Nic White and has pledged to make his spurne(...)