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Japan competed well with the Lions in a 28-10 defeat at Murrayfield last week. Photograph: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

Once upon a time it was France. Often times it’s been the All Blacks. Very often it’s been Fiji. For a while it was Argentina. But, since the last Wor(...)

  Ireland’s Shane Duffy   scoring the equaliser against Bulgaria in their Uefa Nations League   match  in Sofia, Bulgaria, on  September 3rd, 2020. Photograph: Vassil Donev/EPA

If the Republic of Ireland manage to deliver the hatful expected against Andorra tonight, those goals accompanying the win will arrest an alarming dec(...)

Stuart Broad has been named as England’s vice-captain for the Test series against New Zealand. Photograph: Gareth Copley/Getty Images

Stuart Broad has been named England’s vice-captain for the Test series against New Zealand in the absence of Ben Stokes, skipper Joe Root said on Tues(...)

Eddie Jones takes an England training session at Twickenham ahead of the Nations Cup match against France. Photo: Andy Rain/POOL/AFP via Getty Images

At face value the organisers appear to have the final playoff weekend to the Autumn Nations Cup that they would have craved, or the final anyway. Exce(...)

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(...)

Ardie Savea of the All Blacks is tackled during Saturday’s Tri-Nations match between the Wallabies and New Zealand in Brisbane. Photograph:  Jono Searle/Getty Images

There was marvellous action in Saturday’s Bledisloe Cup match, when Australia overturned New Zealand, and redeemed themselves following their record d(...)

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(...)

Ireland’s Ultan Dillane (right) and Bundee Aki leave the field dejected after their Six Nations loss to England at Twickenham. Photo: David Davies/PA Wire

Last Monday on my Ryanair flight out of Dublin, I sat in seat 24A. The giant of a man who arrived and sat next to me was a doppelgänger for Tyson Fury(...)

 Japan celebrate beating Ireland in the 2019 World Cup at Stadium Ecopa, Japan. Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The best way to measure the true impact of the past rugby decade is to count the number of significant moments few could have foreseen. By that yardst(...)

England’s Jofra Archer has said he was racially abused during England’s first Test defeat to New Zealand. Photograph:Mark Baker/AP

The England and New Zealand cricket boards launched a probe on Monday after England fast bowler Jofra Archer said he was subjected to racial insults b(...)

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