England’s Ben Youngs launches a box-kick against Scotland. The match also saw the employment of the so-called ‘caterpillar’ ruck.  Nothing in the law prevents this but  something should. Photograph:  EPA/STR

Hats off to Ireland, the team and the coaches. It was a controlled and strong performance in all areas – and Wales could not resist it. We can be posi(...)

Alain Rolland: With the aid of World Rugby’s elite referee manager, the referees will have worked at  mental strength, fitness, consistency and teamwork. Photograph: Jordan Mansfield

Let’s spare a thought for the 21st team travelling to Japan – the match officials. For the last four years, exactly the same as the players, these wi(...)