Luke Pearce

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Caelan Doris leaves the field after suffering an early concussion on his home debut against Scotland at the Aviva Stadium.  Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

When the dust has fully settled on this Six Nations, last weekend’s match against Scotland match will, unfortunately, be remembered for two awful conc(...)

Toulouse’s Julien Marchand scores a try against Connacht at the Sportsground. Photograph: Tom O’Hanlon/Inpho

Connacht 7 Toulouse 21 Connacht were given a stark reminder by French champions Toulouse of where they stand e in the European pecking order – worthy(...)

 Toulouse’s Pita Ahki scores a try with the help of Antoine Dupont. Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Connacht 7 Toulouse 21 Connacht did all they could to keep their Champions Cup hopes alive, but it was never enough against the French champions who (...)

Leinster’s Josh van der Flier attempts to break away from Virgile Bruni of Lyon during the Heineken Champions Cup match at  Stadium de Gerland. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Lyon 6 Leinster 13 Leinster were relieved to leave Lyon with their winning record intact in the European Champions Cup after a nervous end to their w(...)

Alain Rolland: With the aid of World Rugby’s elite referee manager, the referees will have worked at  mental strength, fitness, consistency and teamwork. Photograph: Jordan Mansfield

Let’s spare a thought for the 21st team travelling to Japan – the match officials. For the last four years, exactly the same as the players, these wi(...)

Joey Carbery   receives medical attention prior to being taken off during the Guinness Summer Series match between Ireland and Italy at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday. Photograph:  Dan Mullan/Getty Images

Ireland 29 Italy 10 In what represented something of a trial for a host of players, ironically it was the performance and premature departure of one (...)

 Ireland’s Joey Carbery is helped from the pitch after sustaining an injury. Photograph: Russell Cheyne/Reuters

Ireland 29 Italy 10 Ireland duly negotiated their first of four World Cup warm-up games, but this ninth successive win over the Azzurri was not witho(...)

Joey Carbery during the captain’s run at the Aviva Stadium ahead of Ireland’s first World Cup warm-up match against Italy. Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ireland v Italy, Aviva Stadium, Saturday, 2pm (Live on RTÉ 2 and Channel 4) If it looks, swims and quacks like a trial, then it probably is a trial. (...)

Scotland’s Blair Kinghorn touches down for one of his three tries  against Italy at Murrayfield. Photograph: Ian MacNicol/Getty Images

Scotland 33 Italy 20 Blair Kinghorn scored Scotland’s first ever Six Nations hat-trick as they kicked-off this year’s tournament with a 33-20 win ove(...)

Simon Zebo: tweeted about comments directed his way from among the attendance at Kingspan Park. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

What Simon Zebo heard at Kingspan stadium on Saturday may become known in time. Regardless, there has been overwhelming support beneath the Ireland in(...)

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