Andrew Brace

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England’s Ben Youngs launches a box-kick against Scotland. The match also saw the employment of the so-called ‘caterpillar’ ruck.  Nothing in the law prevents this but  something should. Photograph:  EPA/STR

Hats off to Ireland, the team and the coaches. It was a controlled and strong performance in all areas – and Wales could not resist it. We can be posi(...)

The current mess surrounding refereeing of the breakdown looks set to continue in this Six Nations. Photograph: Ian Cook/ CameraSport via Getty Images

I bumped into an old friend the other day. “How come rugby has arrived at where it is today, and what will happen in the Six Nations?” he asked. So, (...)

Munster’s Keynan Knox celebrates winning a penalty against Connacht at the Sportsground, Galway. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Connact 14 Munster 19 The Sportsground has become a special place in recent times, practically unrecognisable from times past. Connacht have engender(...)

Munster’s Jack O’Donoghue in action against  Connacht’s Quinn Roux during the Guinness Pro 14 game at  the Sportsground in  Galway. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Connacht 14 Munster 19 Munster will be top of the tree at Christmas after successfully quelling the fervour of the home team and the home crowd alike(...)

Referee Jaco Peyper shows a red card to Frances’s Sebastien Vahaamahina during the  Rugby World Cup quarter-final in Oita. Photograph:  Ashley Western/PA Wire

South African referee Jaco Peyper will take charge of Ireland’s clash against England at Twickenham on Sunday, February 23rd . Peyper was ruled out o(...)

Welsh referee Dan Jones will take charge of the Heineken Champions Cup game between Leinster and Northampton at the Aviva stadium on Saturday, December 14th. Photograph: Photograph: Frikkie Kapp/Inpho

EPC Rugby has announced the referee appointments for rounds three and four in the Heineken Champions Cup. France’s Alexandre Ruiz will take charge o(...)

Ulster’s Darren Cave and Rory Best leave the field after their win over Connacht at Kingspan Stadium. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Ulster 21 Connacht 13 The scoreline certainly doesn’t flatter Connacht, who gave it their all in a throbbing and vibrant Guinness Pro14 quarter-final(...)

Conor O’Brien runs in a try for Leinster in their Guinness PRO14 match against Ulster at the RDS, Dublin on Saturday. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Leinster 40 Ulster 7 The post-match inquisition was brief and perfunctory. Next week’s Champions Cup game against Toulouse at the RDS was greater in (...)

Bath’s Freddie Burns runs behind the posts but fails to ground the ball to score during the European Champions Cup match against Toulouse at the Recreation Ground. Photograph:  David Davies/PA Wire

Bath’s controversial Champions Cup tie with Toulouse will not be replayed, European Professional Club Rugby (EPCR) has announced. Bath lost 22-20 to (...)

Racing 92’s Simon Zebo during the Champions Cup clash with Ulster. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

As ever, a Heineken Champions Cup weekend never fails to deliver its truckload of moments and talking points, whether it be vexed red cards (or lack o(...)

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