Nigel Owens

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Munster’s Conor Murray before being awarded a try at Thomond Park. Photograph: PA

A wasted opportunity and three individual errors were the French reasoning behind Munster’s dramatic one-point win over Toulon in Saturday’s Champions(...)

Munster’s Andrew Conway celebrates the try that gave Munster the win at Thomond Park. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire.

Munster 20 Toulon 19 In time-honoured fashion, a capacity Thomond Park crowd remained riveted from first minute to last, and made off into the evenin(...)

Simon Zebo: returns from injury for what will be his  farewell European game for Munster at Thomond Park. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Munster v Toulon, Thomond Park, Saturday, 3.15pm (Sky Sports) A monumental weekend for the Irish provinces and if it’s quarter-final time then Munste(...)

South African official Marius van der Westhuizen has been replaced as an assistant referee for Saturday’s Six Nations match between England and Ireland at Twickenham. Photograph:    Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images

An error by World Rugby has prompted the governing body to replace Marius van der Westhuizen with Nigel Owens as touch judge/assistant referee for Sat(...)

The consistently high performance of the Irish scrum has been a revelation. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

There are many eternal truths in rugby. The first is that ‘forwards win matches, backs decide by how much’. While Jonny Sexton’s Parisian drop goal (...)

John Barclay on the charge against England. Photograph: Craig Watson/Inpho

Dan Leavy may find a cautionary tale in the man seeking to stoop under his arching frame. John Barclay was the golden child – brought into Scottish tr(...)

Scotland’s Sean Maitland is tackled by England’s George Ford.  The Scots  like to play a high-tempo game, quick throws and tap penalties and on turnover ball, look to exploit any space out wide.Photograph: Craig Watson/Inpho

To paraphrase John Cleese’s character in the film Clockwise, “it’s not the despair. I can take the despair. It’s the hope I can’t stand”. It seems a (...)

 Nigel Owens will officiate for Munster’s Champions Cup quarter-final against three-time tournament winners Toulon.

Two of the top officials in world rugby, Nigel Owens (Wales) and Frenchman Jerome Garcès will referee the Irish provinces in their Champions Cup quart(...)

 Scotland’s Huw Jones runs in to score his side’s  first try  against England   in their Six Nations match at Murrayfield Stadium, in Edinburgh. Photograph: Reuters

Every now and again comes a reminder of why the Six Nations still exerts a powerful hold on the imagination. Out of a clear blue Edinburgh sky has als(...)

Owen Farrell was allegedly involved in a tunnel bust-up between England and Scotland players before the Calcutta Cup at Murrayfield. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

England and Scotland must explain their roles in the tunnel bust-up involving Owen Farrell shortly before the Calcutta Cup match on Saturday, raising (...)

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