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Leinster’s Jack Conan and Johnny Sexton scuffle with Munster’s  Fineen Wycherley during one of several flashpoints during the Pro14 clash at Thomond Park. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

Rarely has a Connacht-Munster match had so much significance, particularly after Munster followed up Connacht’s historic double over Ulster on Friday (...)

The 2013 Heineken Cup final. TMO decisions have become an increasingly familiar feature of the modern game. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

To err is human, to forgive divine, and as in everything when humans are involved in making decisions, there’ll be erroneous ones. All in all though,(...)

South African official Marius van der Westhuizen has been replaced as an assistant referee for Saturday’s Six Nations match between England and Ireland at Twickenham. Photograph:    Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images

An error by World Rugby has prompted the governing body to replace Marius van der Westhuizen with Nigel Owens as touch judge/assistant referee for Sat(...)

 England head  coach Eddie Jones speaks to the media during a press conference at Pennyhill Park in Bagshot on Thursday. Photograph: Warren Little/Getty Images

Right off the top of his press conference at Pennyhill Park, England head coach Eddie Jones tried to put his remarks about Ireland and Wales to bed. F(...)

Warren Gatland: Kiwi has come a long way in the game since he launched his coaching career as a player-coach with Galwegians in 1989.  Photograph: Getty.

Warren Gatland left Galwegians, Connacht and Ireland all in infinitely better condition than when he inherited them during a near decade of coaching i(...)

Eddie Jones has said rugby does not need retrospective refereeing decisions. Photograph: Steve Baston/PA

Warren Gatland decried a “terrible mistake” by the TMO after Wales’s defeat to England last weekend and prompted an admission from World Rugby that th(...)

Gareth Anscombe’s ’try’ against England was disallowed by the TMO. Photograph: Paul Childs/Reuters

Eddie Jones has criticised World Rugby for publicly admitting the TMO, Glenn Newman, was wrong to disallow Gareth Anscombe’s try during England’s 12-6(...)

Wales’ Gareth Anscombe saw a try ruled out in the defeat at Twickenham. Photograph: PA

Wales boss Warren Gatland’s view that the television match official made an error in the controversial no-try incident against England has been confir(...)

Simon Zebo: “My love for Munster could definitely bring me back. I’ve an incredible connection with the supporters around Munster.”  Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

At face value it might look like a strange one. Simon Zebo will tomorrow line out for Munster against Racing 92 in the latter’s new U Arena, which wil(...)

Portia Woodman of New Zealand breaks clear from Lindsay Varty of Hong Kong to score a try during their pool match in UCD on August 13th.  Photograph:  David Rogers/Getty Images

Here comes the serious and perhaps, finally, the competitive rugby at this World Cup. England, New Zealand and France all breezed through the round-(...)

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