Referee Nic Berry shows a red card to John Quill of  the USA following the Irishman’s   high tackle on England’s Owen Farrell during the World Cup clash in Kolbe. Photograph:  Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

The Misaki Stadium had long become a sauna by the time Owen Farrell took possession off the ball right in front of the England goalposts on Thursday n(...)

Ian McKinley has missed out on a place in Italy’s squad for the Rugby World Cup. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Ian McKinley has lost out in the numbers game for Italy’s World Cup squad with head coach Conor O’Shea deciding to take just two outhalves among his 3(...)

Siya Kolisi returns for the Springboks as he bids to prove his fitness ahead of the Rugby World Cup. Photograph: Ross Setford/Reuters

Siya Kolisi will start as flanker for South Africa in their one-off test against Argentina at Loftus Versfeld on Saturday, eager to prove his fitness (...)

 New Zealand after winning the Rugby Championship last year. Photograph: Getty Images

With the Rugby Championship being seen as little more than a World Cup warmup for the southern hemisphere’s top four nations the abridged tournament c(...)

England’s Owen Farrell tackles South Africa’s Andre Esterhuizen during the Autumn International match at Twickenham. Photograph:  Adam Davy/PA Wire

World Rugby has issued its clearest guidelines yet in clarifying what constitutes a penalty, yellow card or red card in the instances of shoulder char(...)

Ireland’s Conor Murray in action  at the Six  Nations Championship Round 5  match against England at Twickenham in March 2018.  Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Brian O’Driscoll believes Ireland will beat England at the Aviva Stadium this Saturday as a starting point to a 2019 Guinness Six Nations which, he fo(...)

 Eddie Jones: “If he was Johnny Sexton, then we’d be able to complain about him, but because he’s Owen Farrell he’s allowed to be hit late.” Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Owen Farrell engenders “less sympathy” than Johnny Sexton because he gives out as much physicality as he receives, believes Brian O’Driscoll. Ex-Ire(...)

 New Zealand’s  Ryan Crotty crosses the line to score the winning try in the last minute of the 2013 clash at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Look at the All Blacks bench from Sunday, November 24th, 2013. Today’s best player in the world, Beauden Barrett, arrived to cause serious damage. I (...)

England’s Owen Farrell tackles South Africa’s Andre Esterhuizen during the Autumn International match at Twickenham. Photo: Adam Davy/PA Wire

Owen Farrell is free to direct England’s challenge against New Zealand after escaping any disciplinary action for his controversial tackle against Sou(...)

 Kieran Read is back in the New Zealand team to face South Africa. Photograph: Phil Walter/Getty Images

Captain Kieran Read returns to the New Zealand team as coach Steve Hansen on Thursday named his strongest available side for their last Test in the Ru(...)

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