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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(...)

Ulster’s Will Addison kicks a penalty against Racing  92. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Ulster’s 26-22 victory over Racing 92 could very nearly have gone the other way. With less than a minute remaining at Kingspan stadium, Ulster were a(...)

  Jacob Stockdale scores his first try. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Ulster 26 Racing 22 Equally awful collective performances are overshadowed by the magnificence of Jacob Stockdale. For all the problems Dan McFarland(...)

Leinster players congratulating James Ryan after he scored a try against Scarlets.  The genesis of the try  was a sharp lineout move. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Perusing the statistics relating to the knock-out stages of the season’s Champions Cup ahead of Saturday’s final between Leinster and Racing 92 in the(...)

Ireland players at the captain’s run in the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. Photograph: ©INPHO/Tommy Dickson

Once more 2.15pm on a Saturday at Lansdowne Road is Six Nations time. But this will be different from a fortnight ago. The forecast is set fair and th(...)

Racing 34 Munster 30 A surreal setting for a slightly surreal game. Munster had more than enough of it, and certainly more than enough chances, but w(...)

In the last pool game Munster come across a familiar face in Ben Whitehouse – he has refereed them three times in the Pro14 this season. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Team sport offers a correlation between discipline and winning and in the specifics of rugby, the focus generally alights on the penalty count in matc(...)

Andrew Conway scores Munster’s third try against Racing 92 during the European Champions Cup game at Stade Yves-du-Manoir, Paris on Saturday. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho.

EUROPEAN CHAMPIONS CUP Racing 7 Munster 32 This was straight out of the Munster away-day manual. Quieten the crowd with a no-frills, low-risk game (...)

Leinster captain  Isa Nacewa ran in  the bonus-point  try despite the attempted tackle of Castres’ Robert Ebersohn. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Leinster 33 Castres 15 Flare is a brief burst of flame, burning brightly with sudden intensity. Also known as Joey Carbery’s European debut. 76th mi(...)

John Lacey will referee the opening weekend Champions Cup clash between Toulon and Saracens. Photograph: Inpho

Ireland’s John Lacey will referee marquee matches in the opening two rounds of the Champions Cup, taking charge of three time winners Toulon against d(...)

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