Sam Warburton

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Ireland’s Joy Neville is the first woman to officiate (as TMO) in a Tier One Test match. File photograph: Inpho

Twickenham provided a strange affair. The first half gave us a kicking duel, with neither team showing any appetite to play an expansive game. The sec(...)

Wayne Pivac has defended the recent sacking of defence coach Byron Hayward. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty

Wayne Pivac has admitted his Wales setup could be perceived as “a mess” after the sacking of the defence coach, Byron Hayward, less than a year into t(...)

Wales’ scrumhalf  Mike Phillips celebrates as a dejected Paul O’Connell, Mike Ross and Cian Healy of Ireland look on at the final whistle of the 2011 Rugby World Cup quarter-final. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Eventually you make a pact with yourself. Enough of these dazed walks up Jones’ Road as the light declines. Sam Maguire winters in Kerry or Ulster. I(...)

Last weekend, it seemed like Johnny Sexton was trying too hard not to annoy Mathieu Raynal. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Perhaps the main reservation about Johnny Sexton being made Irish captain was his history with referees. Let’s just say his on-field relationship with(...)

Jaco Peyper awards Ross Moriarty’s try. Photograph:  Christophe Ena/AP

Wales 20 France 19 Wales are into the semi-finals of the World Cup but only after one of the crazier quarter-finals of modern times. With six minutes(...)

New Zealand’s   Sonny Bill Williams is shown a red card by referee Jerome Garces during the second Test against the Lions in 2017. Photograph: Andrew Cornaga/Inpho/Photosport

Just prior to the start of the World Cup there was a proposal put forward to World Rugby by a major union. It was both simple and breathtaking – that (...)

Tommy Bowe:  will  host the Rugby World Cup coverage on eir Sport where he’ll have a trio of ex-team-mates for company – Gordon D’Arcy, Peter Stringer and Jerry Flannery. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

This is very definitely a World Cup for people who get up early in the morning. And with 48 matches over 44 days, the schedule will be a gruelling en(...)

New Zealand lock Brodie Retallick suffered a serious shoulder injury when he was careered out of a ruck recently. It is an injury that is likely to keep him out of Saturday’s game against South Africa.  Photograph: Anthony Au-Yeung/Getty Images

When day breaks next Monday in the Land of the Rising Sun, we will have learnt a lot. Some key matches will be over, including Ireland v Scotland (re(...)

Scott Barrett of New Zealand is shown the red card during the 2019 Rugby Championship Test Match between the Australian Wallabies and the New Zealand All Blacks at Optus Stadium in Perth on August 10th. Photograph:  Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

“Hopefully none.” Alain Rolland answers a question about what stick will be used to beat match officials in the coming weeks. In recent months Rollan(...)

Sam Warburton has praised Wales and England for their treatment of players who have suffered blows to the head. Photograph: Getty Images

Former Wales captain Sam Warburton has warned that a professional player could die on the pitch unless rugby union takes preemptive measures to impro(...)

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