Alain Rolland

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Referee Alain Rolland of Ireland. Photograph:  David Rogers/Getty Images

Alain Rolland will referee the Leinster-Munster game this Saturday (7pm). The Irish official has been drafted in to replace the injured (...)

Welsh referee Nigel Owens will take charge of Munster’s Heineken Cup quarter-final against Toulouse at Thomond Park, the tournament organisers (...)

Irish fans Niall Ennis, Patrick Berkery and Niall Martin from Dublin in Paris ahead of the Ireland-France Six Nations match. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

It’s Paris in the springtime, a concept that used to inspire joy in young lovers and fear in visiting rugby teams. But just as French rugby has(...)

France’s  Louis Picamoles applauds referee Alain Rolland after the Irish referee showed him a yellow card in the game against Wales in Cardiff. Photograph:   Stu Forster/Getty Images

France coach Phillipe Saint-Andre has made four changes to his starting XV for Saturday evening’s Six Nations clash against Ireland in Paris. T(...)

Brian O’Driscoll during Saturday’s victory over Italy. Photograph: Colm O’Neill/Inpho

JOHNNY WATTERSON It was impossible to escape the occasion being filtered through one person. He coloured and shaped the build-u(...)

Outhalf  Jules Plisson will start his fourth straight game against Scotland at Murrayfield. Photograph:   David Rogers/Getty Images

France manager Philippe Saint-Andre has made seven changes to the team that put in a dismal display against Wales as Les Bleus seek to put thei(...)

Referee Alain Rolland speaks to France captain Pascal Pape during the game against Wales. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

France coach Philippe Saint-André has dropped Louis Picamoles from his squad to face Scotland but captain Pascal Papé survived despite also bei(...)

Wales’ Richard Hibbard and Taulupe Faletau tackle Pascal Pape of France. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Wales 27 France 6 Wales achieved a third successive championship vic(...)

Alain Rolland refereesa  match between South Africa and Australia.  Photograph:  David Rogers/Getty Images

From the age of eight his parents would hang the unaccompanied minor Aer Lingus tag around his neck and usher him onto the aircraft bound for the C(...)

Alan Quinlan believes referee Alain Rolland was wrong to award a penalty against Paul O’Connell and issue him with a yellow card, and thus deny Munster at least a bonus point, Quinlan believes, in theirRabo Direct Pro 12 29-19 defeat against Ulster at Ravenhill. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

There’s no denying I was a bit frustrated on television the other night after Ulster’s win over Munster. I ended up causing a bit of a stir for what I(...)

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