Andrew Brace

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Ireland v Argentina where referee Matthew Carley shows a red card to Tomas Lavanini of Argentina.  File photograph: Inpho

November has been a momentous month for Ireland. In a year which started so badly, the team has wrapped it up quite brilliantly. Patiently and confid(...)

Connacht’s Mack Hansen with fans after the win over Ulster in the United Rugby Championship match at the  Aviva Stadium. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Connacht 36 Ulster 11 To put the scale of this result in context, this was Connacht’s second biggest win over Ulster in the history of the fixture an(...)

Connacht’s John Porch celebrates after scoring a try with Conor Fitzgerald  during the United Rugby Championship match against Ulster at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Connacht 36 Ulster 11 Connacht varnished their historic occasion in some style, an utterly compelling, inventive and increasingly dominant display yi(...)

Adre Smith has received an eight-week ban over an incident in last Saturday’s United Rugby Championship game against Munster at Thomond Park. Photograph:  Frikkie Kapp/Gallo Images/Getty Images

Stormers lock Adre Smith has been suspended for eight weeks after being found guilty of an act of foul play in his side’s United Rugby Championship d(...)

Stormers’ Adre Smith has been cited for an alleged bite on Munster’s Niall Scannell. Photograph:  Carl Fourie/Gallo Images/Getty Images

The Stormers lock Adre Smith has been cited after allegations of foul play during his side’s defeat in the United Rugby Championship last Saturday in (...)

Keith Earls at Munster Rugby Squad Training in  UL, Limerick. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

MUNSTER v STORMERS Venue: Thomond Park, Limerick Kick-off: 7.35pm On TV: Live on RTÉ 2, Premier Sports 2 and URC TV Reflecting their surfeit of outsi(...)

 Andrew Bryce, the match referee,  reviews a captain’s challenge late in the game  between Munster and Cardiff Blues at Thomond Park. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Last Friday evening, in the final match of the season at Thomond Park, Cardiff restarted the game after Keynan Knox’s converted try had put Munster 31(...)

Munster’s CJ Stander is tackled by Ben Thomas and Tomos Williams of Cardiff Blues during the Guinness Pro 14 Rainbow Cup game at  Thomond Park. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Munster 31 Cardiff Blues 27 On the ground which became his home like no other, and where he made countless tackles and carries, and scored innumerabl(...)

Referee Luke Pearce gestures during the European Champions Cup final  between La Rochelle and Toulouse at Twickenham Stadium. Photograph:  Adrian Dennis/AFP

The US defence secretary under President George W Bush was Donald Rumsfeld. He famously informed us about his “known unknowns”, and also his “unknown (...)

Referee Frank Murphy and  assistant referee Andrew Brace review a decision during the Connacht v Leinster   Guinness Pro 14 Rainbow Cup game at  The Sportsground. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

The trial which permits a red-carded player to be replaced by a team-mate after 20 minutes is an absolute crock. Effectively, it makes a sending-off a(...)

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