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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(...)

The 2013 Heineken Cup final. TMO decisions have become an increasingly familiar feature of the modern game. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

To err is human, to forgive divine, and as in everything when humans are involved in making decisions, there’ll be erroneous ones. All in all though,(...)

Ireland players at the captain’s run in the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. Photograph: ©INPHO/Tommy Dickson

Once more 2.15pm on a Saturday at Lansdowne Road is Six Nations time. But this will be different from a fortnight ago. The forecast is set fair and th(...)

 Jonny Sexton drops a long-range goal to  for Ireland in the final play of the game to secure a victory against France. Photograph: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

“He’s a serious leader,” shrugs Dan Leavy. “He’s a competitor. He’s always on to refs, trying to get decisions our way.” Paris on this greasy Saturda(...)

 New Zealand’s Beauden Barrett celebrates his late try with his brother Scott. Photograph: Joe Allison/Inpho

New Zealand coach Steve Hansen has defended lock Brodie Retallick after his clash with Wallabies flanker Ned Hanigan during the Rugby Championship mat(...)

Beauden Barrett’s late score saw the All Blacks edge Australia in Dunedin. Photograph: Marty Melville/AFP

New Zealand 35 Australia 29 Beauden Barrett scored a brilliant 78th-minute try to ensure the All Blacks retained the Bledisloe Cup with a 35-29 victo(...)

Ireland players Rob Kearney (left) and Jamie Heaslip celebrate following their 40-29 victory over New Zealand. Photograph: Getty

Ireland 40 New Zealand 29 Finally. As Rory Best declared in his on-field post-match interview at a rowdy Soldier Field in Chicago, it’s been a long(...)

Ireland fullback Tiernan O’Halloran gets upended by Willie le Roux of South Africa during the Test match at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Saturday. Photograph: EPA.

South Africa 19 Ireland 13 There have been few more courageous Irish performances in a season-ending tour to one of the Southern Hemisphere big gun(...)

Ireland fullback Tiernan O’Halloran is upended by Willie le Roux of South Africa during the third Test    at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in  Port Elizabeth. Photograph: Gavin Barker/EPA

Mixed feelings would be an understatement. Fittingly therefore, Joe Schmidt could scarcely conceal either his pride in the effort and ambition of his (...)