John Quill

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 Referee Nic Berry shows a red card to John Quill of  the USA following the Irishman’s   high tackle on England’s Owen Farrell during the World Cup clash in Kolbe. Photograph:  Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

The Misaki Stadium had long become a sauna by the time Owen Farrell took possession off the ball right in front of the England goalposts on Thursday n(...)

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 (...)

Piers Francis faces a potential ban that could rule him out of the rest of the tournament. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

England centre Piers Francis has been cited for a dangerous tackle on Will Hooley in his side’s 45-7 victory over the United States in a Rugby World (...)

England winger Joe Cokanasiga  is tackled by USA prop David Ainuu as he runs in to score a try during Rugby World Cup Pool C at the Kobe Misaki Stadium. Photograph: Filippo Monteforte/AFP/Getty Images

The hardest yards at the Rugby World Cup come in midweek, when the big dogs bark and the yappy ones get chomped. How do you cover a game where everyon(...)

Owen Farrell of England receives medical treatment during the Rugby World Cup match against USA. Photo: David Rogers/Getty Images

England 45 USA 7 Tough love for Owen Farrell in Japan. Held back by Eddie Jones as a replacement for this on his birthday, the Saracens playmaker was(...)

Ireland’s Bundee Aki in  action against Wales at the Aviva Stadium on September 7th. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Jean Kleyn’s inclusion in the World Cup squad may have revived the debate, but for some reason Bundee Aki’s presence in the Irish team seems to cop mo(...)

Garry Ringrose offloads to Andrew Conway for one of his his threee tries during Ireland’s autumn international against the USA at the Aviva stadium. Photograph:  Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Ireland 57 USA 14 As with the first of their November quartet of games, Ireland bookended their autumnal programme with another commanding win over T(...)

USA’s Ryan Matyas celebrates with teammates after scoring a try against the Maori All Blacks in Chicago on November 3rd. Photograph: Robin Alam/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The USA, World Rugby’s giant bagel with cream cheese. Taking a bite has become CEO Brett Gosper’s favourite eating binge fantasy. Munster recently an(...)

Greg McWilliams: “AJ was just class, his game management superb, kicked the ball really well and had a great assist for Hanco’s try.”

There was a distinct Irish influence in the USA’s 30-29 victory over Scotland in Houston on Saturday night. Trailing 21-6 just before half-time, the (...)

James Ryan  goes over for Ireland’s seventh try during the Test match against the US Eagles at the Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

USA 19 Ireland 55 Amateurs mostly, some gathered from other sports, literally swept aside by professionals. The US Eagles, stocked with collegiate p(...)

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