Nigel Owens

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Joe Schmidt: says players must understand team system and be able to stay within it. Photograph:  David Rogers/Getty Images

Watch it over and over again and still it finishes with Aaron Cruden’s conversion giving New Zealand the perfect year.It’s the particulars that keep d(...)

Paul O’Connell and his team-mates show their devastation after the final whistle. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

The one that got away alright. From trepidation, to hope, to excitement, to belief intermingled with continuing doubt, to genuine belief, and then dej(...)

Gordon D’Arcy was one of the first players out on the training field with Leinster yesterday despite featuring for 160 minutes 
in November 
against Samoa and New Zealand. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

The November international window has taken a heavy toll on the Irish provinces just 10 days out from a return to European rugby. None of the Leinster(...)

 Referee Nigel Owens in discussion with  All Black captain Richie McCaw during Sunday’s Test against  Ireland.  Photograph: Phil Walter/Getty Images.

Watching it a second time isn’t any easier. Entering the last 10 minutes, the BBC co-commentator Philip Matthews described it as “the biggest 10 minut(...)

Sean O’Brien offloads during Ireland’s narrow defeat against New Zealand at the Aviva Stadium yesterday. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho.

Sean O’Brien’s head is in a muddle. The game is racing through it, the doubts and the decisions, the fortune that fell Ireland’s way and then came bac(...)

 All Black captain Richie McCaw wears the scars of the match  following the   game against Ireland  at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Phil Walter/Getty Images

What can be said after that? A chance of history snatched from Ireland’s grasp at the death by the seemingly unstoppable All Blacks winning machine. (...)

All Blacks skipper Richie McCaw and number eight Kieran Read during the New Zealand    captain’s run at the  Aviva Stadium on Saturday. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Rarely can one recall such a feeling of foreboding before an Irish Test match. The almighty Blacks beat them 60-zip last time out and, comfortably the(...)

 Clermont’s players celebrate at the final whistle after their Heineken Cup semi-final victory over Munster in Montpellier.  Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Clermont 16 Munster 10: Scarcely a quiet moment, nor a dull one, and by the end s(...)

Clermont Auvergne’s Napolioni Nalaga scores his side’s try during the Heineken Cup semi-final at Stade de la Mosson in  Montpellier. Photograph:  Billy Stickland/Inpho

Clermont 16 Munster 10: In many, many ways this was a better Munster performance than their epic quarter-final win against Harlequins. The Stade de(...)

Two inspirational figures, Ronan O’Gara and Paul O’Connell, discuss tactics during yesterday’s captain’s run in Montpellier. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Whatever way you look at it, Clermont have been the standout team in Europe this season. They are the Cup’s only unbeaten side and whether individu(...)

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