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  Argentina captain Pablo Matera was stripped of the captaincy last week after posts resurfaced from his Twitter account from 2011 and 2013. Photograph:   Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

With Garry Ringrose, James Lowe, James Ryan and Tadhg Furlong recovering and unlikely to play and Johnny Sexton, with his dead leg on a daily wait and(...)

Brian Kerr: “Nothing replaces the buzz of being involved in a match, the tension of living or dying by the result. I always loved that.” Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

How was your lockdown, Brian? “Well, I spent a lot of time doing painting and decorating, like most people. I ended up with a PhD in fence and shed pa(...)

 Diego Maradona confronted by a posse of Belgium defenders during the 1982 Wold Cup in Spain. File photograph: Allsport

With the death this week of Diego Armando Maradona from a heart attack the most extraordinary Argentine life of them all has come to a close. Buenos (...)

Ireland head coach Andy Farrell speaks to his players at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Lineout and maul Once an almost guaranteed source of possession and launch plays, and even – if not directly – of tries, Ireland’s lineout and catch(...)

Former Wallaby Phil Kearns speaks to the media during The Rugby Championship 2021 fixture announcement at McDonald Jones Stadium in Newcastle, Australia. Photograph: Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images

New Zealand Rugby has broken ranks with its southern hemisphere partners and demanded a change to the Rugby Championship schedule in Australia, compla(...)

England’s George Ford celebrates his try at 2019 Rugby World Cup England vs Argentina in Tokyo. Photograph:  Andrew Cornaga/ ©INPHO

England are facing a backlash from fans after announcing their autumn clash against Argentina will begin at 8pm. The second of the four Quilter Intern(...)

Juan Cruz Mallia of Argentina scores his side’s fourth try during the Rugby World Cup 2019 Group C win over USA. Photo: Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

Argentina 47 United States of America 17 Argentina secured the consolation of qualification for the 2023 World Cup as they wrapped up their 2019 camp(...)

 England’s Luke Cowan-Dickie  scores a try during the  Group C victory over Argentina at  at Tokyo Stadium. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty

England 39 Argentina 10 England limber up for a shuddering confrontation with France having already qualified for the quarter-finals by crushing Arg(...)

Jack Nowell of England makes a break to score his side’s fifth try during the Rugby World Cup clash with Argentina. Photo: Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

England 39 Argentina 10 It’s become a familiar sight: Owen Farrell taking a shot in the head for Old Albion. It happened again here on a fizzing even(...)

Billy Vunipola on the charge during England’s win over USA in Kobe last week. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images.

“Men don’t like to talk about their feelings,” Billy Vunipola argues, resting his gargantuan, 20-stone frame on his knees as he sits in sandals and sh(...)

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