Alain Rolland

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An offload turned George Bridge into a new All Black sensation. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

I’ve been on the pitch when the All Blacks flick that switch. You are staying in the fight, and still they find a way to break you open. South Africa(...)

 Louis Picamoles  of France and Argentina’s Matias Moroni   scuffle at the end of the World Cup clash in Tolkyo. Photograph: Franck Robichon/EPA

Match officials at the Rugby World Cup have shown themselves a yellow card after reviewing the opening round of matches. Referees, touch judges and t(...)

 Referee Angus Gardner came under fire from both camps following the game between France and Argentina at  Tokyo Stadium  in Chofu, Japan. Photograph by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

The Offload asked World Rugby’s chief of referees Alain Rolland if any conversations were held with head coaches about the pressure they put on offici(...)

Ireland’s CJ Stander runs at Scotland’s Sean Maitland during the Rugby World Cup Pool A game in Yokohama. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

There was much to admire in Ireland’s hard-nosed and ruthlessly emphatic 27-3 victory over Scotland, not least the vindication of the team selection, (...)

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(...)

Scotland’s Stuart Hogg takes part in a training session at the International Stadium Yokohama in Kanagawa prefecture on Friday.  Photo: Kazuhiro/Getty

If desperation is the disease and experience the antidote – quote credit: Andy Farrell – Ireland are far from full health. The journey started eight (...)

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(...)

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(...)

Leinster’s Jack Conan and Johnny Sexton scuffle with Munster’s  Fineen Wycherley during one of several flashpoints during the Pro14 clash at Thomond Park. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

Rarely has a Connacht-Munster match had so much significance, particularly after Munster followed up Connacht’s historic double over Ulster on Friday (...)

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,(...)

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