Nic Berry

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Former Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt in his new book Ordinary Joe reveals the difficult calls he had to make for the World Cup and his regrets. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

A potential six-week suspension for Devin Toner was a contributory factor in the decision not to include the long-serving Leinster and Irish lock in I(...)

Joe Schmidt inspects the pitch during the Captain’s Run ahead of Ireland’s clash with Samoa in Fukuoka. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Former Ireland coach Joe Schmidt has revealed he tried to have the final pool game at the Rugby World Cup against Samoa called off before the match co(...)

 The England scrum is pushed back during the World Cup final  in Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan. Photograph:  David Rogers/Getty Images

Who saw that coming? Not me, for starters. The final produced a match that couldn’t really have been anticipated. England never got going, weren’t al(...)

Ireland’s Jonathan Sexton impressed in his team’s bonus point win against Samoa at the Fukuoka Hakatanomori Stadium. Photograph: Getty Images

Ireland’s 45-7 victory over Samoa was excellent when weighted with the pre-match considerations. The pitch issues, pressure borne of expectation and a(...)

Bundee Aki is consoled by Jack Lam after he is shown a red card during Ireland’s win over Samoa. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Samoa coach Steve Jackson and captain Jack Lam have called on the World Rugby disciplinary committee to “see sense” by not suspending Bundee Aki for n(...)

Ireland’s Jordan Larmour on his way to scoring a try against Samoa. Photograph: Jayne Russell/Inpho

Ireland 47 Samoa 5 Mission accomplished, and with a good deal less drama than might have been expected, not least when Bundee Aki’s 29th-minute red c(...)

France players clap the fans after their Rugby World Cup victory over Tonga. Photo: Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

France 23 Tonga 21 France secured their place in the World Cup quarter-finals with a 23-21 victory over Tonga at the Kumamoto Stadium. France will n(...)

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 (...)

Owen Farrell of England receives medical treatment during the Rugby World Cup match against USA. Photo: David Rogers/Getty Images

England 45 USA 7 Tough love for Owen Farrell in Japan. Held back by Eddie Jones as a replacement for this on his birthday, the Saracens playmaker was(...)

Alain Rolland: With the aid of World Rugby’s elite referee manager, the referees will have worked at  mental strength, fitness, consistency and teamwork. Photograph: Jordan Mansfield

Let’s spare a thought for the 21st team travelling to Japan – the match officials. For the last four years, exactly the same as the players, these wi(...)

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