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(...)

Munster’s Keith Earls scores their third try of the Guinness Pro 12 game against Glasgow at Musgrave Park. Photograph:  Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Munster 22 Glasgow 10Munster moved above Glasgow to the top of the Guinness Pro 12 after defeating the under-strength Scots in at Musgrave Park in a b(...)

Ireland outhalf Jonathan Sexton lands one of his five successful penalty kicks during the Six Nations clash against France   at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ireland 18 France 11If winning is ultimately the only commodity that matters, it also colours the landscape panoramically. Ireland emerged victorious (...)

Dave O’Callaghan scores a try for Munster against Leinster at Thomond Park. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Munster completed their first League double over Leinster since 2009 with a victory over the reigning champions that was every bit as handsome as the (...)

Munster’s Dave O’Callaghan scores his side’s third try in the Guinness Pro12 game against Leinster at Thomond Park. Photograph: Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Munster 28 Leinster 13Munster made a telling statement of intent to ensure they remained Ireland’s leading side in the end-of-year Pro 12 table when b(...)

Ulster’s Tommy Bowe is tackled by Ospreys’ Josh Matavesi at Liberty Stadium. Photograph: Ian Cook / Inpho

Ospreys 31 Ulster 20 Wales scrumhalf Rhys Webb crossed twice as Ulster missed the chance to go top and Ospreys moved into pole position in the (...)

Clermont’s Wesley Fofana puts in a tackle on Munster’s Peter O’Mahony. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Clermont Auvergne 26 Munster 19Regrets they’ll have a few after suffering their first back-to-back defeats but there was no shame in Munster’s defeat (...)

 Noa Nakaitaci of Clermont Auvergne makes the break that led to his try during the European Rugby Champions Cup  match against Munster at Stade Marcel Michelin. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Clermont 26 Munster 19Munster skipper Peter O’Mahony accepts their European Champions Cup quarter-final qualification hopes rest in the hands of other(...)

France’s Pascal Gauzere will take charge for Ireland’s opener in Italy. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Ireland’s 2015 Six Nations Championship matches will be refereed by a couple of Frenchmen, an Englishman, a South African and a New Zealander, who ref(...)

Leicester’s  Brad Thorn scores his side’s  first try during their European Rugby Champions Cup Pool 3 match against Toulon at Welford Road, Leicester, England. Photograph: Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

Leicester 25 Toulon 21 Leicester came from behind to defeat the European Cup holders and remain in a group that could still go one of four way(...)