Nigel Owens

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 England’s Jonny May dives over Italy’s Luca Sperandio  to score his  side’s third try during the Six Nations victory over Italy at Twickenham. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

England 41 Italy 18 Anthony Watson has acclaimed Jonny May’s “freaky” finishing skills, but retired referee Nigel Owens insists his acrobatic try i(...)

Rhys Ruddock, Ultan Dillane and Rob Herring during training at the IRFU High Performance Centre, Sport Ireland Campus, Blanchardstown. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

The Irish coaching staff will most likely give Rhys Ruddock his first ever Six Nations start against France on Sunday, or switch Tadhg Beirne to the b(...)

Referee Wayne Barnes sends off Peter O’Mahony  during the Six Nations match against Wales at the Principality Stadium in  Cardiff. Photograph:  David Davies/PA Wire

Peter O’Mahony has been suspended for three matches, ruling him out of Ireland’s Six Nations games against France at the Aviva Stadium as well as the (...)

Referee Nigel Owens sorts out the France and Italy frontrows during  his 100th and final international at the Stade de France. Photograph: Dave Winter/Inpho

Referee Nigel Owens has announced his retirement from the international game after controlling 100 Test matches. Welshman Owens, 49, became the first(...)

Ireland v Georgia: The scrums were shambolic and referee Mathieu Raynal penalised incessantly, without ever changing player behaviour.  Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

The Aviva Stadium saw a poor, grim performance by Ireland, way, way below their international Tier One status. Very hard to watch. Georgia can be more(...)

Billy Burns is seen during Ireland rugby squad training at the IRFU High Performance Centre, Sport Ireland Campus, Blanchardstown, Dublin. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The organisers of the hybrid Autumn Nations Cup may not have quite the intriguing finale to the group stages they would have wanted, nor indeed much i(...)

James Ryan captains Ireland against Georgia. Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/Inpho

So, here we are again. In this strangest year Ireland have been left with an all too familiar feeling - picking through the bones of a brutal defeat t(...)

Ireland’s Joy Neville is the first woman to officiate (as TMO) in a Tier One Test match. File photograph: Inpho

Twickenham provided a strange affair. The first half gave us a kicking duel, with neither team showing any appetite to play an expansive game. The sec(...)

James Ryan reacts to Ellis Genge during Ireland’s defeat in Twickenham earlier this year. Photograph: Getty Images

Not in our game, mate. Not part of our values, old chap. Not unless you are England or Sarries. Then it is fine to lord it over your opponent. Or roar(...)

Argentina and their coach Mario Ledesma celebrate their victory over New Zealand. Photograph: David Gray/Getty/AFP

Los Pumas’ Solider Field moment Argentina finally beating New Zealand, despite multiple Covid barriers prompting everyone to predict an embarrassing (...)

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