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 Referee Angus Gardner came under fire from both camps following the game between France and Argentina at  Tokyo Stadium  in Chofu, Japan. Photograph by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

The Offload asked World Rugby’s chief of referees Alain Rolland if any conversations were held with head coaches about the pressure they put on offici(...)

Fiji’s Peceli Yato  is felled by Australian Reece Hodge’s (right) high body check. Yato could not return to play and Fiji lost their best player. Hodge went on to score when he should not have been on the pitch.  Photo: Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

Having hoped for an auspicious start, it’ll be back to the drawing board for the match officials at this Rugby World Cup. The games abounded with sp(...)

Ireland’s CJ Stander runs at Scotland’s Sean Maitland during the Rugby World Cup Pool A game in Yokohama. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

There was much to admire in Ireland’s hard-nosed and ruthlessly emphatic 27-3 victory over Scotland, not least the vindication of the team selection, (...)

Australia’s wing Reece Hodge scores a try against  Fiji. Photograph: Getty Images

World Rugby’s crackdown on dangerous tackles has ignited controversy just two games into the World Cup after Australia wing Reece Hodge escaped a red(...)

 Samu Kerevi scores Australia’s crucial fifth try in Sapporo. Photograph: Dan Mullan/Getty

Australia 39 Fiji 21 Twice champions Australia survived an almighty scare in their World Cup Pool D opener against Fiji on Saturday as they fought ba(...)

James O’Connor retains the number 13 jersey for the Wallabies against the All Blacks. Photograph: James Worsfold/Getty

Australia coach Michael Cheika has kept faith with the team that produced a record victory over the All Blacks last weekend and made only one injury-e(...)

 Nic White of the Wallabies dives over for a try against New Zealand. Photograph:  Paul Kane/Getty Images

Australia 47 New Zealand 26 Australia gave themselves a huge boost ahead of the World Cup when they stunned a New Zealand side reduced to 14 men for (...)

Australia’s Nic White will start against the All Blacks. Photoraph:  Christiaan Kotze/Getty Images

Australia have approached fixtures against New Zealand more in hope than expectation over the last 12 years but their record against the All Blacks in(...)

New Zealand coach Steve Hansen:  he continues his “risk and reward” experimentation policy. Photograph: Getty Images

Australia v New Zealand, Optus Stadium, Perth, Saturday, 10.45am (Irish time). Live on Sky Sports Action All Blacks coach Steve Hansen believes Kiera(...)

Argentina’s Ramiro Moyano  beats a diving tackle by Australia’s Isi Naisarani  during the Rugby Championship match  at Lang Park  in Brisbane on. Photograph: Patrick Hamilton/AFP/Getty Images

Australia 16 Argentina 10 Australia held off a late fightback from Argentina to secure a much-needed victory in a scrappy Rugby Championship contest (...)

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