Sat, 23 May, 2020
There was something cathartic about the way Japan hosted the Rugby World Cup. It made you feel good about the sport. The interaction of fans from all over the world, without rancour or fear, the manner with which visitors to the country were welcomed and embraced, the dignity around the tragic fallout from Typhoon Hagibis.
Wed, 13 Nov, 2019
Ireland coach Joe Schmidt has received confirmation from World Rugby that three penalties awarded to Japan during Saturday's shock 19-12 defeat to the host nation in Shizuoka were “incorrect calls” by Australian referee Angus Gardner and his match officials.
Tue, 01 Oct, 2019
Pichot's take on the decision, aired via Twitter on Monday, follows on from his assertion last week that the world rankings were “ridiculous” given Warren Gatland's Wales had usurped New Zealand as No.1 despite never having beaten the All Blacks.
Tue, 03 Sep, 2019
It’s been all but lost amid the tidal wave of more significant events since, but it’s worth remembering that Jonathan Sexton’s first appearance on a rugby field after he picked up the gong for world player of the year in Monte Carlo at the back end of November ended with him limping to the sidelines with a grimace.
Fri, 19 Apr, 2019
Last week, a leading official in the IAAF, the world governing body for athletics, indicated that in the future athletics would probably introduce a third category of classification – male, female, and intersex. This got me thinking on other aspects of sport that might change in the next two decades or so, writes.
Thu, 10 May, 2018
There’s no doubt the absence of Maxime Machenaud has taken a major weapon out of Racing 92’s armoury ahead of Saturday’s Champions Cup final showdown with Leinster but assuming the Parisians will have no creative fulcrum without the France scrum-half is reckoning without Pat Lambie.
Wed, 09 May, 2018