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Wayne Barnes will referee Ireland’s opening Rugby World Cup fixture against Scotland. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Wayne Barnes will referee Ireland’s opening Rugby World Cup fixture against Scotland on Sunday September 22nd. Barnes is a familiar face for the Ire(...)

Sale Sharks’ Byron McGuigan goes over for a try against Connacht during the European Challenge Cup quarter-final match at the AJ Bell Stadium in Salford. Photograph:  Martin Rickett/PA Wire

Sale Sharks 20 Connacht 10 England remains the unhappiest hunting ground for Connacht as Sale inflicted a sixth defeat over the Irish province in Eur(...)

Connacht head coach  Andy Friend with forwards coach Jimmy Duffy and strength and conditioning coach  Johnny O’Connor. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Challenge Cup quarter-final: Sale Sharks v Connacht Kick-off: 7.45pm, Friday. Venue: AJ Bell Stadium. On TV: BT Sports 2. H(...)

  Gerbrandt Grobler of Gloucester Rugby beats Sam Skinner of Exeter Chiefs to the ball in the lineout last weekend. Photograph: Alex Davidson/Getty Images

Gloucester v Exeter (7.45pm, Kingsholm Stadium, BT Sport) With Gloucester trying to overhaul Munster at the top of Pool Two, Exeter go into Friday ni(...)

Sam Underhill enjoyed a fine game for Bath against Leinster. Photograph: David Davies/PA

Despite failing to win all three Champions Cup games this season, Bath director of rugby Todd Blackadder has promised a full strength squad will be se(...)

Peter O’Mahony will start at number seven on Saturday. Photograph: Scott Barbour/Getty Images

State Of Play Australia won 18-9 in Brisbane, Ireland responded with a 26-21 victory in Melbourne a week later and so the first ever three match seri(...)

Munster coach Johann van Graan  during the  Champions Cup match against  Leicester  at Welford Road. Photograph:   Henry Browne/Getty Images

Johann van Graan’s tenure as Munster head coach could hardly have begun more impressively. By completing a seismic European Champions Cup double over (...)

Geordan Murphy: “We let ourselves down on the big stage. We were bullied. We have an opportunity on Sunday to circle the wagons. Let’s see how we get on.” Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Matt O’Connor is as good a place as any to begin our catch up with Geordan Murphy. The man who shaped his latter playing days and present coaching ph(...)

Paul Asquith of Scarlets scores his side’s fifth and winning try during the  Champions Cup match against  Benetton Rugby at Parc y Scarlets. Photograph: Harry Trump/Getty Images

Scarlets 33 Benetton 28 Centre Paul Asquith scored a try in the final minute as Scarlets pulled off a remarkable 33-28 bonus-point victory over Benet(...)

Ireland’s Johnny Sexton maks the break that led to Jacob Stockdale’s first try. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Ireland 28 Argentina 19 Job done. The final scoreline is more of a testimony to Argentina’s resilience and spirit, as well as qualities, but Ireland (...)

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