Ireland’s Conor Murray with referee Mathieu Raynal during the meeting with Wales last year. Photo: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Ireland v Scotland Referee: Mathieu Raynal Raynal, who red carded CJ Stander for a collision that knocked out Springbok outhalf Patrick Lambie in 20(...)

Ieland’s Devin Toner, Sean O’Brien and Paul O’Connell react to referee Wayne Barnes’ controversial late  decision against the visitors in Cardiff in 2015. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Imagine Seán O’Brien and Paul O’Connell shaping up to end you. Wayne Barnes faced this very situation and lived to tell the tale.  In 2015 Irela(...)

George Clancy: part of a 12-member panel that will referee at Rugby World Cup 2015. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Ireland’s George Clancy and John Lacey have been chosen as part of a 12-member panel that will referee at Rugby World Cup 2015. World Rugby also co(...)

Johnny Sexton should have a big game against Scotland after the disappointment in Cardiff. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

A unique, staggered, three-way tussle for the title has ensured that whatever the Six Nations has lacked in quality it has atoned for with the grandes(...)

Referee Wayne Barnes awards a controversial penalty to Wales during the final moments of the Six Nations match at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

The contentious, at least from an Irish perspective, match-ending scrum penalty awarded by referee Wayne Barnes to Wales during Saturday’s Six Nations(...)

Referee Wayne Barnes awards a penalty to Wales during the final moments of the game at the Millennium Stadium. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Confusion reigned as to the reason for the fateful last penalty of the match at a Welsh scrum at the Millennium Stadium last Saturday. Players, manag(...)