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Former Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt in his new book Ordinary Joe reveals the difficult calls he had to make for the World Cup and his regrets. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

A potential six-week suspension for Devin Toner was a contributory factor in the decision not to include the long-serving Leinster and Irish lock in I(...)

What was Jaco Peyper (centre) thinking at that moment? The answer is, unfortunately, probably “nothing”. Photograph: Ashley Western/PA Wire

Inevitably, and disappointingly, I must start with the Jaco Peyper photograph. After Wales’s 20-19 win over France in the quarter-finals, he joined wi(...)

Referee Wayne Barnes (right) and assistant referee Romain Poite during the Rugby World Cup 2019 Group B game between South Africa and Italy at Ecopa Stadium in Fukuroi last Friday. Photograph: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

We started out in September looking at the focus areas for the match officials. So let’s see what’s been happening so far. Firstly, when we look at h(...)

New Zealand’s   Sonny Bill Williams is shown a red card by referee Jerome Garces during the second Test against the Lions in 2017. Photograph: Andrew Cornaga/Inpho/Photosport

Just prior to the start of the World Cup there was a proposal put forward to World Rugby by a major union. It was both simple and breathtaking – that (...)

An offload turned George Bridge into a new All Black sensation. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

I’ve been on the pitch when the All Blacks flick that switch. You are staying in the fight, and still they find a way to break you open. South Africa(...)

 Louis Picamoles  of France and Argentina’s Matias Moroni   scuffle at the end of the World Cup clash in Tolkyo. Photograph: Franck Robichon/EPA

Match officials at the Rugby World Cup have shown themselves a yellow card after reviewing the opening round of matches. Referees, touch judges and t(...)

 Referee Angus Gardner came under fire from both camps following the game between France and Argentina at  Tokyo Stadium  in Chofu, Japan. Photograph by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

The Offload asked World Rugby’s chief of referees Alain Rolland if any conversations were held with head coaches about the pressure they put on offici(...)

Ireland’s CJ Stander runs at Scotland’s Sean Maitland during the Rugby World Cup Pool A game in Yokohama. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

There was much to admire in Ireland’s hard-nosed and ruthlessly emphatic 27-3 victory over Scotland, not least the vindication of the team selection, (...)

Australia’s wing Reece Hodge scores a try against  Fiji. Photograph: Getty Images

World Rugby’s crackdown on dangerous tackles has ignited controversy just two games into the World Cup after Australia wing Reece Hodge escaped a red(...)

Scotland’s Stuart Hogg takes part in a training session at the International Stadium Yokohama in Kanagawa prefecture on Friday.  Photo: Kazuhiro/Getty

If desperation is the disease and experience the antidote – quote credit: Andy Farrell – Ireland are far from full health. The journey started eight (...)

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