Alain Rolland

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Referee Alain Roland issues a red card  to Wales’s Sam Warburton for an alleged spear tackle in the semi-final of the 2011 World Cup in New Zealand.

World Rugby has claimed this week’s introduction of two new categories of dangerous tackling offences, sanctioning reckless and accidental head contac(...)

New Zealand’s Sam Cane escaped punishment for his tackle on Robbie Henshaw which ended the Leinster centre’s involvement in the recent Autumn International at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Billy Stickland/ Inpho

The Ed Morrison interview begins like most rugby conversations nowadays: the wonderful All Blacks versus Ireland mini-series flows into deep concerns(...)

Australia head coach Michael Cheika says Eddie Jones’ comments during the summer came as a surprise to him. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Michael Cheika has accused Eddie Jones of tarnishing his legacy with his “vitriolic” comments about Australia during the series whitewash over the Wal(...)

Michael Cheika: “We have been told that we can’t talk about that in public, because they don’t want the interpretations being done in public. That’s the edict they have given us we can’t say anything about it, we’d love to but we are not allowed to. I don’t want to get myself in any strife.” Photo: Dan Mullan/Getty Images

Alain Rolland’s inbox on these cold November mornings must make for the grimmest reading. Wallabies coach Michael Cheika was very clear after this 27(...)

This wonderful photograph from a packed  Ireland versus Austria match  in 1963 is just one of many in   ’Dalymount Park,   Home of Irish Football’ by Colin White.

THE BEST  No Borders – Playing Rugby For Ireland by Tom English (Arena Sport, €31.60) Oral histories are tricky to get right. An oral history (...)

Alain Rolland shows Wales captain Sam Warburton a red card during the 2011 semi-final defeat to France. Photograph: Getty

One of the things which makes the World Cup such an incredibly hard tournament to win is in order to do so a team needs to hit its peak at exactly the(...)

Mark Cueto’s try in the 2007 Rugby World Cup final against South Africa was disallowed by the TMO. Photograph: Getty

England’s 2007 World Cup campaign couldn’t have started more disastrously. With an aging squad filled with creaking legs and missing talisman Jonny Wi(...)

New Zealand thrashed 14-man Wales 49-6 in their 1987 World Cup semi-final. Photograph: Getty

Wales have reached two World Cup semi-finals and on both occasions they have come away with questions of what might have been having had a man sent of(...)

 George North: available for  Wales’s World Cup  warm-up games.  Photo: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

George North is fit to play in Wales’s World Cup warm-up matches after missing the final 10 weeks of last season on the advice of a specialist having (...)

Wales coach Warren Gatland says George North is fit for Wales’ World Cup matches, which start against Ireland in Cardiff on Saturday, August 8th. Photograph: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

George North is fit to play in Wales’s World Cup warm-up matches after missing the final 10 weeks of last season on the advice of a specialist having (...)

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