Craig Joubert

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New Zealand captain Kieran Read after the defeat to England in the Rugby World Cup semi-final at the  Yokohama International Stadium. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Some get to pen their own exits, be it Brian O’Driscoll to Derek Pender in our neck of the woods, or in Rugby World Cups most recently there was the A(...)

New Zealand head coach Steve Hansen  shakes hands with Ireland captain  Rory Best after the Rugby World Cup quarter-final in Tokyo. Photograph:  Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP via Getty Images

Joe Schmidt and Michael Cheika looked like tortured souls and on at least three occasions Eddie Jones has shown signs of emotion in front of the Engli(...)

Japan’s hooker Shota Horie and fly-half Yu Tamura with Scotland’s centre Sam Johnson  and prop Allan Dell during their Rugby World Cup Pool A match in Yokohama on Sunday. Photograph:  William West/AFP via Getty Images

Only a game, but what a game. Japan and Scotland served up the best of the 37 pool matches in the last of them. After Typhoon Hagibis, which wreaked s(...)

Referee Wayne Barnes (right) and assistant referee Romain Poite during the Rugby World Cup 2019 Group B game between South Africa and Italy at Ecopa Stadium in Fukuroi last Friday. Photograph: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

We started out in September looking at the focus areas for the match officials. So let’s see what’s been happening so far. Firstly, when we look at h(...)

 Louis Picamoles  of France and Argentina’s Matias Moroni   scuffle at the end of the World Cup clash in Tolkyo. Photograph: Franck Robichon/EPA

Match officials at the Rugby World Cup have shown themselves a yellow card after reviewing the opening round of matches. Referees, touch judges and t(...)

Eddie Jones has said rugby does not need retrospective refereeing decisions. Photograph: Steve Baston/PA

Warren Gatland decried a “terrible mistake” by the TMO after Wales’s defeat to England last weekend and prompted an admission from World Rugby that th(...)

New Zealand Rugby’s coffers are stuffed as fat as a Christmas turkey thanks to the British and Irish Lions. For six weeks stadiums from Whangarei to (...)

Referee Romain Poite explains to All Blacks captain Kieran Read his decision not to award a penalty in the closing stages   of the third Test against the Lions at Eden park in Auckland. Photograph:  David Rogers/Getty Images

There are 77 minutes, 54 seconds on the clock and, as the dogs in the street now know, it’s 15-all. Freeze-frame Beauden Barrett’s restart. Kieran Rea(...)

Referee Wayne Barnes awards a penalty to Wales in the last minute of normal time which leads to Ireland’s defeat in the 2012 Six Nations match at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Alan Betson.

The appointment of Wayne Barnes as referee for this Friday night’s Six Nations encounter away to Wales has, most probably, engendered a degree of anxi(...)

Vincent Clerc scored seven tries in four matches against Ireland between 2004 and 2008, including the winner at Croke Park in 2007. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Vincent Clerc, Les Bleus enfant terrible, is responsible for arrowing more pain into Irish rugby hearts than any humongous French bruiser. At 35 now, (...)

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