France’s Guilhem Guirado should have been carded by referee Jaco Peyper after his late shoulder on Johnny Sexton during the Six Nations game in Paris. Photograph: Inpho.

When the International Rugby Board and the Rugby World Cup organisers clamped down on high hits and clearing out around the neck at rucks during the 2(...)

Munster Head Coach Anthony Foley has made three changes to his side to play Stade Francais at Thomond Park. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho.

A curious quirk of the ill-judged fixture planning for the penultimate round of pool games in the two European competitions is that all four Irish sid(...)

Ireland captain Paul O’Connell is taken from the field against France. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Tweets guide us back through a calamitous week. Friday: Jared Payne has a swollen foot. Saturday morning (Captain’s Run): further scans of Payne foot (...)

France’s Morgan Parra and Brice Dulin try to halt New Zealand centre Ma’a Nonu at the Millennium Stadium. Photograph: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

Richie McCaw turns and leads with a glance. The other unsmiling giants immediately know the command is rapidity. Seven disciples, led by Kieran Read, (...)

 Ireland’s Johnny Sexton during the Captain’s Run at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff on Friday. Photograph: David Davies/PA Wire

Disaster. Johnny Sexton’s injury timeline, according to the Ireland management, is that the 30 year old felt tightness in his groin on Friday after tr(...)

Ireland’s Tommy Bowe in action against France in last week’s final pool stage match at the Millennium Stadium. Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Accentuate the heavy toll then highlight those who remain. With Paul O’Connell under the knife, Peter O’Mahony forced home and Seán O’Brien wanderi(...)

Ireland’s captain Paul O’Connell  will return to the camp over the weekend. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Paul O’Connell will return to the Irish camp ahead of Sunday’s World Cup quarter-final against Argentina. The Ireland captain will offer his vast expe(...)

 Brian O’Driscoll gave a statement about Sean O’Brien’s good character to the disciplinary hearing.

Seán O’Brien is due to miss Sunday’s World Cup quarter-final against Argentina following pointed and severe criticism from Pascal Papé and the French (...)

Team huddle at a Scotland training session ahead of their Rugby World Cup Quarter Final against Australia, at Surrey Sports Park. Photograph: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

Former Scotland international Kenny Logan has described the three-week bans which have ruled hooker Ross Ford and lock Jonny Gray out of the rest of t(...)

Rhys Ruddock has been called into the Ireland squad.

Rhys Ruddock has been called into Ireland’s World Cup squad following the news this morning that Peter O’Mahony will miss the rest of the tournament(...)