Ben O Keefe

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Louis Rees-Zammit of Wales knocks on  during the Six Nations match against England at the Principality Stadium. Photograph:  Michael Steele/Getty Images

A recent High Court judgment got me thinking. Anyone who sits on that exalted bench has a profound knowledge of the laws of the land, of precedents an(...)

Ireland were beaten by England at Twickenham in February before the tournament was suspended. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

The 2020 Six Nations resumes this week 32-weeks after it was brought to a truly shuddering halt with the postponement of, first, the Ireland-Italy gam(...)

Wales’ George North tackled by Manu Tuilagi of England which led to the England player being sent off. Photo: James Crombie /Inpho

In the disappointing reality of having no matches to comment upon, much is being written about disciplinary issues – no bad thing. Here’s my take on (...)

The red card for Manu Tuilagi was indisputably correct, despite Eddie Jones’ “absolute rubbish” protests. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Sadly, and wisely, there was no game for Ireland in Rome. But the fare on offer in Twickenham would have better suited the Coliseum. Too often England(...)

Mohammed Haouas of France punching Jamie Ritchie of Scotland during their   Six Nations match at Murrayfield, Edinburgh. Photograph:   David Rogers/Getty Images

The prospect of the 2020 Six Nations finale between France and Ireland, scheduled for the Stade de France next Saturday, proceeding as scheduled remai(...)

James Ryan cuts a dejected figure after the defeat to England at Twickenham. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Twickenham can be daunting. And, when you’re on the receiving end of a comprehensive drubbing, it’s a very difficult place to be. We were assured tha(...)

 The England scrum is pushed back during the World Cup final  in Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan. Photograph:  David Rogers/Getty Images

Who saw that coming? Not me, for starters. The final produced a match that couldn’t really have been anticipated. England never got going, weren’t al(...)

USA flanker John Quill is shown a red card by referee Nic Berry after a dangerous tackle on England’s Owen Farrell during their Rugby World Cup Pool C game at  Kobe Misaki Stadium. Photograph: Craig Mercer/Inpho

On the very first re-viewing of John Quill’s 70th-minute shoulder charge on Owen Farrell on Thursday in Kobe, referee Nic Berry probably had his mind (...)

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, (...)

Alain Rolland: With the aid of World Rugby’s elite referee manager, the referees will have worked at  mental strength, fitness, consistency and teamwork. Photograph: Jordan Mansfield

Let’s spare a thought for the 21st team travelling to Japan – the match officials. For the last four years, exactly the same as the players, these wi(...)

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