Clermont’s Viktor Kolelishvili in action against the Ospreys. The Georgian backrow has been suspended for 14 weeks for pushing referee Wayne Barnes. Photograph: David Davies/PA Wire

‘You don’t ever, ever f****** touch a referee, ever. You’re done here.” So said Ultimate Fighting Championship supremo Dana White in June 2014 after o(...)

Toulon  winger Drew Mitchell: scored in the last play of the game to deny Wasps victory at the Stade Mayol. Photograph: Bertrand Langlois/AFP/Getty Images

Wasps travelled to the lair of the most successful side in European club rugby and came within seconds of a dramatic victory. No side has ever beaten(...)

Stade Francais winger Josaia Raisuqe has been suspended for 15 weeks for making contact with the eye area of Munster captain CJ Stander during the European Champions Cup game. The player received a red card for the incident. Photograph:    Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Stade Francais winger Josaia Raisuqe has been suspended for 15 weeks following his sending off in last Saturday’s European Champions Cup game against(...)

Stade Francais’ Josaia Raisuqe received a red card for contact with the eye area of Munster’s CJ Stander during the Champions Cup game at Stade Jean Bouin. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Stade Francais 27 Munster 7 Munster didn’t just suffer a third successive pool defeat for the first time in their proud European history. This was a (...)

Paul O’Connell is stretchered off at half-time after receiving a serious leg injury during Ireland’s pool match against France at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff. Photograph: David Davies/PA Wire.

Amid the prevailing end-of-year doom and gloom, lest we forget that was the year that produced the greatest World Cup ever – as well as Super Saturday(...)

Leinster are to appeal the two-week suspension handed to prop  Cian Healy. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Leinster are to appeal the two-week suspension handed down to prop Cian Healy and have asked that the sanction be lifted pending the outcome. Healy w(...)

Cian Healy received a yellow card in the Champions Cup match against Toulon at  Stade Félix Mayol. The Leinster prop has been cited for the incident. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Leinster prop Cian Healy has been cited for an alleged knee strike on Toulon hooker Guilhem Guirado. Healy received a yellow card from referee Nigel(...)

Toulon centre Ma’a Nonu runs at Leinster outhalf  Jonathan Sexton during the Champions Cup game  at the Stade Felix Mayol. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Toulon 24 Leinster 9 Leinster were brave and obdurate beyond dispute, but they will wonder what might have been had their performance been more acc(...)

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(...)

Japan players celebrate their momentous victory over South Africa in the pool section – the Brave Blossoms missed out on a place in the quarter-finals but won the hearts of the rugby world. Photograph: Getty Images

Gerry Thornley Match of the tournament? Spoilt for choice. Japan provided the best finish, Australia v Argentina was the most breathless, but t(...)