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Bundee Aki: will miss the World Cup quarter-final due to the red card he received in the victory over Samoa. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Firstly, as promised on Monday, let me revert to Bundee Aki. As the ‘tackle’ went in I noted: “That’s bad”. On the replay: “Damn, it’s definitely a re(...)

Bundee Aki tackles Samoa’s Ulupano Seuteni, for which he was later sent off. Photograph: Hiroshi Yamamura/EPA

Derek Hegarty, a solicitor and Partner in William Fry’s law firm, will represent Bundee Aki in the player’s impending disciplinary hearing after being(...)

Referee Romain Poite speaks to Australia’s flanker Michael Hooper and centre Samu Kerevi during the Rugby World Cup clash against Wales. Photo: William West/Getty Images

Michael Cheika prowled the field afterwards like a starving crocodile. Cajoled towards the television camera the former Leinster coach refused to bit(...)

Gareth Davies scores a crucial try for Wales on the stroke of half-time against the Wallabies. Photograph: Mark Kolbe/Getty

Australia 25 Wales 29 Australia coach Michael Cheika declared himself “embarrassed as a rugby player” after his team were penalised when their centre(...)

Australia’s head coach Michael Cheika   with his players before their clash with  Fiji at the Sapporo Dome in Sapporo, Japan. Photograph: Getty Images

Rugby World Cup Pool D: Wales v Australia  Kick-off: 8.45am Irish time, Sunday. Venue: Tokyo stadium. How to follow: The Irish Times livebl(...)

USA flanker John Quill is shown a red card by referee Nic Berry after a dangerous tackle on England’s Owen Farrell during their Rugby World Cup Pool C game at  Kobe Misaki Stadium. Photograph: Craig Mercer/Inpho

On the very first re-viewing of John Quill’s 70th-minute shoulder charge on Owen Farrell on Thursday in Kobe, referee Nic Berry probably had his mind (...)

Australia’s head coach Michael Cheika during a training session in Urayasu. Photograph: Getty Images

Michael Cheika launched a stinging attack on World Rugby following the three-match ban received by the Australia wing Reece Hodge for a tackle his hea(...)

 Australian’s Reece Hodge scores his side’s second try against Fiji. He should already have been off the pitch for a head high challenge on Fiji’s Pejeli Yato. Hodge’s  subsequent ban did little for Yato – or Fiji. Photograph:  Dan Mullan/Getty Images

Rewards? Funny how the USA were the first team to receive a red card. How do lesser teams get their rewards? For instance, is it a reward for Fiji t(...)

Japan wing Lomano Lemeki put his head on the block when calling Saturday’s game against Ireland. “I think we’ll win 33-26.” Photograph: Anne-Christine Poujoulat/AFP/Getty Images

The presumption, after Fiji failed to finish off Australia, was that there would be no alarms and no surprises at this World Cup. That was punctured (...)

Australia’s fullback Reece Hodge during a gym training session in Tokyo. Photograph: Getty Images

Australia wing Reece Hodge has received a three-match ban after being cited for a dangerous tackle during the Wallabies’ World Cup victory over Fiji. (...)

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