Ben Skeen

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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 (...)

Fiji’s Peceli Yato  is felled by Australian Reece Hodge’s (right) high body check. Yato could not return to play and Fiji lost their best player. Hodge went on to score when he should not have been on the pitch.  Photo: Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

Having hoped for an auspicious start, it’ll be back to the drawing board for the match officials at this Rugby World Cup. The games abounded with sp(...)

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(...)

A   television official saw the boot of Courtney Lawes cross the invisible offside line a millisecond before TJ Perenara motioned to kick in the All Blacks' narrow victory over England

Crossing the line Sam Underhill will never score a try like that again. The brilliant young English openside is never going to bamboozle Beauden Barr(...)

 Ireland players celebrating after  CJ Stander  scores a try against Australia.   Photograph: Craig Golding/Reuters

Australia 16 Ireland 20 There was a time was when Ireland would put up the good fight but generally have their tummies tickled and yet fill the groun(...)

Ireland’s  Tadhg Furlong evades the tackle of  Australia’s Izack Rodda during the third Test in Sydney. Photograph:   Peter Parks/AFP/Getty Images

A slightly drained looking Joe Schmidt admitted that the last few minutes of Ireland’s white-knuckle ride to a 20-16 third Test win, and with it a fir(...)

Israel Folau takes out Peter O’Mahony in Sydney, earning himself a yellow card. Photograph: Stuart Walmsley/Photosport/Inpho

Australia 16 Ireland 20 So, Irish rugby’s greatest season ever ends in the grandest of manners. A come-from-behind series win in Australia, the first(...)

Tadgh Furlong scores Ireland’s crucial second half try against the Wallabies. Photograph: Daniel Pockett/Getty

Australia 21 Ireland 26 The machine was back in working order, and so slick and well-oiled did it look that there could be no disputing the merit of (...)

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