Mathieu Raynal

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 Danny Care  scores England’s  seventh try in the whopping 40-point victory over outclassed Scotland at Twickenham. Photograph: Shaun Botterill/Getty

England 61 Scotland 21 England’s oppressive rugby hymn reverberated around the ancient ground as Scotland desperately sought a manly route away from (...)

 Romain Poite - Matches: Scotland v Ireland, Murrayfield; England v Italy, Twickenham.

Romain Poite (France) Age: 41 Occupation: Professional referee Matches: Scotland v Ireland, Murrayfield; England v Italy, Twickenham. He take(...)

Connacht’s Jack Carty kicks the winning conversion against Wasps in the dying seconds at the  Sportsground.  Photograph:  Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Connacht overcome Wasps in Saturday’s Champions Cup fixture not by a controversial referee’s decision, but by taking the chance and working hard, say(...)

Connacht’s Naulia Dawai scores a late try against Wasps in their Champions Cup clash. Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Wasps have branded the refereeing error that led to Connacht’s 20-18 Champions Cup victory “hugely disappointing”. Stand-in referee Mathieu Raynal in(...)

 Jack Carty celebrates the  winning  conversion with his team-mates after Connacht’s last-gasp victory over Wasps at the Sportsground. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

In stark contrast to this point last season when only Ulster still harboured hopes of reaching the knock-out stages of the European Champions Cup, al(...)

Connacht’s Jack Carty watches his match-winning conversion against Wasps at the Sportsground, Galway. Photograph:  Matt Browne/Sportsfile via Getty Images

Connacht 20 Wasps 18 The team that refuses to die just keeps on giving. Connacht were all but out for the count here, literally as well as figurative(...)

Naulia Dawai scores Connacht’s  late try in the Champions Cup game against Wasps at The Sportsground in Galway. Photograph:  Morgan Tracy/Inpho

Connacht 20 Wasps 18 On the back foot for much of the second half, during which they’d seen a 13-7 interval lead erased as Wasps flexed their pecs to(...)

 Australia’s Bernard Foley  landed three of just six points conceded due to  Ireland penalties in recent Tests. Photograph: Colm O’Neill/Inpho

Ireland’s discipline in the two Tests against New Zealand and one against Australia was remarkable by any yardstick. They conceded just 11 penalties o(...)

Ireland’s Devin Toner is dumped by Bernard Foley of Australia in the last few minutes at the Aviva Stadium. Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

The courage that the Ireland team demonstrated to eke out a win in the most unpromising of circumstances has applied a gloss rather than a matt finish(...)

Ireland’s Conor Murray celebrates scoring their third try against the All Blacks in Soldier Field: “He is a physical man. He is big for a nine. That’s what makes him world class.”  Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Flashes of Conor Murray in a game that can never be forgotten. Dominant in the face of the game’s best scrumhalves, the spooked Aaron Smith and the el(...)

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