George Clancy: part of a 12-member panel that will referee at Rugby World Cup 2015. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Ireland’s George Clancy and John Lacey have been chosen as part of a 12-member panel that will referee at Rugby World Cup 2015. World Rugby also co(...)

New Zealand referee Steve Walsh has called time on his career. Photograph: Getty

Leading international referee Steve Walsh has retired from all match officiating with immediate effect.The Australian Rugby Union announced that 43-ye(...)

Ireland captain Paul O’Connell and Seán O’Brien react to a decision by referee Wayne Barnes during the Six Nations defeat to Wales at the Millennium Stadium. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Joe Schmidt has outstanding issues with the officiating of Wayne Barnes. Schmidt still believes the English referee’s interpretation, and that (...)

Rory Best: “The Welsh [team] will probably see it as a chance to right a few wrongs.” Photograph: Russell Pritchard/Presseye/Inpho.

Rory Best blinked, smiled, and leaned back in the chair before an involuntary chuckle escaped, one that could almost be construed as an expression of (...)

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(...)

Ireland Rugby Captain’s Run at the Aviva Stadium yesterday. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The prime time weekend slot, and 6,000 French fans amongst a capacity crowd with Ireland seeking a ninth win in a row and seventh at the Aviva Stadium(...)

 Nigel Pearson, manager of Leicester City exchanges words with James McArthur of Crystal Palace   at the King Power Stadium. Photograph:   Matthew Lewis/Getty Images

Leicester have denied manager Nigel Pearson has been sacked by the club. Pearson led the Foxes to the Championship title last season, but his team hav(...)

  Jérôme Garcès, who sent off Jared Payne in last year’s Heineken Cup, will referee Ireland’s match with Scotland. Photograph: Darren Kidd/INPHO/Presseye

“Not rolling away”, “off his feet”, “in from the side”, “crooked-in”, “forward”, “not releasing”, “dropping his bind” and “boring in”, represent a tin(...)

Steve Walsh will take charge of Ireland’s Six Nations match against Wales in Cardiff. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/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 re(...)

Israel Folau training with Wallabies in Donnybrook, Dublin. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

These are exciting times. Back-to-back wins against two of the Southern Hemisphere big three happen about as regularly as Roy Keane avoids a press (...)