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, (...)

Greig Laidlaw, captain of Scotland takes part in the Captain’s Run at Murrayfield Stadium. Photograph:  Ian MacNicol/Getty Images

Scotland will need no extra motivation for their meeting with Australia at Murrayfield on Saturday afternoon but the circumstances of that World Cup q(...)

 Greig Laidlaw: “We need to be real tight in our defence, real tight in our driving maul and our forward play so we are not giving away cheap points.”  Photograph:  Michael Steele/Getty Images

Scotland captain Greig Laidlaw aims to take inspiration from their ultimately agonising World Cup quarter-final against Australia while blocking out t(...)

Owen Farrell prepares to touch the ball down for England’s second try  during the second Test against Australia  at AAMI Park  in Melbourne. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Australia 7 England 23 England’s heroic defence propelled them to a maiden series success Down Under as they beat Australia 23-7 at AAMI Stadium in M(...)

They are former club team-mates and kindred spirits, but coaches Michael Cheika and Eddie Jones are putting friendship on hold as they clash in Australia’s intense Test series against England. Photograph: Getty Images

Australia will take the unprecedented step of attending England’s meeting with referee Craig Joubert as tensions mount ahead of Saturday’s second Test(...)

Craig Joubert sprints from the pitch at the end of Scotland’s narrow Rugby World Cup loss to Australia. Photograph: Getty

Referee Craig Joubert has admitted with hindsight he would have reconsidered his decision to award Australia a contentious penalty which saw them edge(...)

Wales head coach Warren Gatland has apologised for his ‘just banter’ comments. Photograph: David Davies/PA

The Wales head coach Warren Gatland has apologised for referring to the insult Joe Marler aimed at Samson Lee as “just banter”. Marler is facing a fo(...)