Ben O Keeffe

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Jaco Peyper shows France’s Sebastien Vahaamahina a red card during his side’s defeat to Wales. Photograph: David Davies/PA

Referee Jaco Peyper was not considered for a World Cup semi-final appointment after an “inappropriate” picture of him with Welsh fans appeared on soci(...)

Samoa’s Kane Le’Aupepe  and Chris Vui  tackle Ireland’s Keith Earls  during the  Rugby World Cup Pool A match at  the Hakatanomori Stadium in Fukuoka. Photograph: Adam Davy/PA Wire

How should rugby be played? The answer depends in what part of the world or what part of the country you are reading this. But should it? Should we I(...)

Japan’s wing Kenki Fukuoka scores a try during the  Rugby World Cup Pool A match against  Scotland at the International Stadium in Yokohama. Photograph:  Odd Andersen/AFP via Getty Images

Japan 28 Scotland 21 Some days a country is unbeatable. Ireland against England under Croke Park’s glare in 2007. New Zealand the week after any All (...)

Australia’s fullback Reece Hodge during a gym training session in Tokyo. Photograph: Getty Images

Australia wing Reece Hodge has received a three-match ban after being cited for a dangerous tackle during the Wallabies’ World Cup victory over Fiji. (...)

Reece Hodge was cited for a  tackle on Peceli Yato after Australia’s win over Fiji. Photograph: Shaun Botterill/Getty

World Rugby has issued an extraordinary statement that criticises the performance of referees at the World Cup after only eight games. The highest-pr(...)

Australia’s wing Reece Hodge scores a try against  Fiji. Photograph: Getty Images

World Rugby’s crackdown on dangerous tackles has ignited controversy just two games into the World Cup after Australia wing Reece Hodge escaped a red(...)

Fiji and Tonga players after their RWC warm-up match at Eden Park. Photograph: Dave Rowland/Getty

Fiji 29 Tonga 19 Fiji highlighted how dangerous they could be on the counterattack at the World Cup as they scored two scintillating long-range tries(...)

Wayne Barnes will referee Ireland’s opening Rugby World Cup fixture against Scotland. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Wayne Barnes will referee Ireland’s opening Rugby World Cup fixture against Scotland on Sunday September 22nd. Barnes is a familiar face for the Ire(...)

Ireland’s Keith Earls celebrates his try with CJ Stander and Conor Murray during the Six Nations clash against France. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Ireland 26 France 14 With France having found their mojo last time out against Scotland, Ireland put that result in perspective by also finding their(...)

Ireland’s Johnny Sexton celebrates kicking a drop goal to win the game against France in their  Six Nations game at Stade De France in February 2018. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Six Nations: Ireland v France Venue: Aviva Stadium, Dublin. Kick-off: Sunday 3pm. On TV: Live on Virgin Media and ITV. Leaving aside stayi(...)

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