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Referee George Clancy checks with the TMO before awarding Gordon D’Arcy’s  try against Connacht. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

It’s been yet another tough weekend for the men in the middle, particularly for the Irish referees in charge of the derbies at Ravenhill and the Sp(...)

Ulster’s Craig Gilroy is tackled by Munster’s Felix Jones. Photograph: Darren Kidd/Inpho
Ulster hold off Munster
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  • January 3, 2014, 21:28

Ulster 29 Munster 19: Ulster avoided two successive defeats to their provincial rivals by becoming only the third side to get the better of Rabo Pro12(...)

 Referee Nigel Owens in discussion with  All Black captain Richie McCaw during Sunday’s Test against  Ireland.  Photograph: Phil Walter/Getty Images.

Watching it a second time isn’t any easier. Entering the last 10 minutes, the BBC co-commentator Philip Matthews described it as “the biggest 10 minut(...)

Wales players reflect on defeat to South Africa  at the Millennium Stadium. Photograph: David Davies/PA Wire.

Wales will have to do without centre Jonathan Davies for the rest of the autumn international series as Warren Gatland’s side were hit by a string of (...)

Northampton’s Ben Foden scores Saints third try during yesterday’s  Heineken Cup, Pool One match at Franklins Gardens, Northampton.

Northampton 27 Ospreys 16Northampton kick-started their Heineken Cup campaign with a priceless victory at Franklin’s Gardens that put them firmly back(...)

 Mike Ross (scrum cap) had a ding-dong scrummaging battle against  Glasgow Warrior
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s loosehead Ryan Grant last weekend. Photograph: Russell Cheyne/Inpho

Pace, power and precision were what impressed me in Dublin’s match-winning performance. Although heavily reliant on the hand pass their kick pass prec(...)

Alain Rolland. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Alain Rolland has announced that he will retire from refereeing at the conclusion of the current season.The former international scrumhalf who went o(...)

 Ronan O’Gara:  said a Sky goodbye, that,  piled on top of David Beckham’s au revoir,  made the sporting week nigh on unbearable.  Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

As the bard James Marshall Hendrix put it, “the story of life is quicker than the blink of an eye, the story of love is hello, goodbye”. And so(...)

Toulon’s  Delon Armitage dives in for the decisive try after outrunning  Brock James of Clermont Auvergne in the Heineken Cup final  at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images

Toulon 16 Clermont Auvergne 15: Did Clermont Auvergne freeze once again in sight of the winning post? That’s the accusation they’ll face as they co(...)

Jonny Wilkinson: will be a pivotal figure for Toulon.

The blue riband of European club rugby comes to Dublin for the first time in a decade when the Aviva hosts the Heineken Cup final. As was the c(...)

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