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Referee Nigel Owens speaks to French players Guilhem Guirado and Arthur Iturria in Twickenham. Photograph: EPA

Less leading to more mistakes from officials A pre-tournament directive from World Rugby to reduce the role of the TMO has led to more errors being m(...)

Wales  coach Warren Gatland. Success on tour in Argentina last summer has increased his   options and put pressure on established players who dare not trade on reputation.  Photograph: David Davies/PA Wire

Italy v Wales, Stadio Olimpico, 5.45pm (4.45pm Irish time) - Virgin Media 1, UTV Each country had an extended break in the Five Nations, the odd numb(...)

Joe Schmidt’s Ireland are looking to bounce back against Scotland in Edinburgh. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The 2019 Six Nations got off to a flying start last weekend, and already the championship looks fascinatingly poised. There will be no Grand Slam for(...)

Maxime Mbanda: ideally suited to the role of flanker and makes an impact in all aspects of that role. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Maxime Mbanda (Italy): Since making his debut against the USA in San Jose in 2016, the Rome-born flanker-cum number eight has accumulated 15 Test appe(...)

Ross Byrne: will have extra incentive to produce another big display for Leinster having been omitted from the Ireland squad this week. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Wasps v Leinster, Ricoh Arena, Sunday, 3.15pm (Live on BT Sport) It’s the diligence of Leinster’s preparation that allows them to absorb personnel ch(...)

Josh van der Flier: “I don’t have too good memories of that game. It was tough. They were very, very good and I remember they scored a lot of very good backs’ tries.” Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Leinster revisit the Ricoh Arena in Coventry on Sunday, three years on from a 51-10 thrashing at the hands of Wasps, the Irish province’s heaviest eve(...)

Munster’s Denis Leamy gets tackled by Leo Cullen and Louis Deacon of Leicester in Munster’s Heineken Cup pool defeat in 2007. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Pat Howard’s Leicester Tigers stand alone as the only English club team to defeat Munster at Thomond Park in a round six pool match (13-6) in the Hein(...)

Wales’ Justin Tipuric in action against    Ben Toolis of Scotland during their 21-10 victory  last weekend in Cardiff. Photograph:  Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images

Justin Tipuric can see no let-up in what he describes as the “crazy” competition for backrow places in the Wales team. Wales’ revered backrow streng(...)

Chris Wyles of Saracens scores his side’s third try during the Aviva Premiership semi-final against  Wasps at Allianz Park. Photograph: Henry Browne/Getty Images

Saracens 57 Wasps 33 Owen Farrell’s flawless goalkicking helped Saracens overwhelm Wasps 57-33 in an action-packed Aviva Premiership semi-final at Al(...)

 James Chisholm of Harlequins scores the winning try against Wasps at the Stoop. Photograph:  Henry Browne/Getty Images

Harlequins 33 Wasps 28 Ulster’s chances of progressing to the knockout stages of the Champions Cup received a massive boost on Saturday evening as Wa(...)

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