Apr 4, 2012: "The official data from the Six Nations proves beyond any doubt that, as I was arguing a couple of months ago, we have a crisis relating to the scrum." John Taylor writes
Mar 24, 2012: International Rugby Board elite referees manager Paddy O'Brien is to step down from his post with immediate to take up a similar role within the Sevens game
Jan 26, 2012: The International Rugby Board's referee manager Paddy O'Brien has asked for more of the same from his referees ahead of the forthcoming Six Nations
Dec 30, 2011: "With the imminent dawn of a New Year comes our traditional round of predictions for the 12 months ahead." Graham Jenkins gazes into the ESPNscrum crystal ball
Rugby World Cup 2011
Oct 6, 2011: Referees need to improve their performances for the knock-out stages of the Rugby World Cup, according to their boss Paddy O'Brien
Sep 21, 2011: Are referees clamping down on teams in the early stages of games in order to make a statement? Rowly Williams investigates which referees are quick on the whistle
Sep 13, 2011: "Stricter approach over offsides, scrums and the breakdown is paying off and, yes, the officials were right over kick controversy." Rowly Williams reviews the whistle blowers
Sep 8, 2011: "Players must adapt to the refereeing style in order to prosper, simply doing their own thing because it's what they've always done just won't be smart." Rowly Williams previews the task facing the World Cup referees
Rugby World Cup
Sep 4, 2011: The IRB referees' supremo Paddy O'Brien has read the riot act to his ten referees ahead of the forthcoming World Cup
Aug 3, 2011: Leading referee Jonathan Kaplan has been rested for the World Cup warm-up Tests after sustaining injuries during a road accident in South Africa last week
Jan 7, 2011: Welcome to ESPNscrum's list of rugby's most influential figures - check out the final part for those ranked 1-5 - who made the grade? And who is No.1? Find out now!
Sep 8, 2010: "Exactly one year from Thursday is the first match of the 2011 Rugby World Cup - so this is an appropriate moment to take stock of the state of the game." John Taylor writes
May 21, 2010: The world's leading coaches have endorsed the International Rugby Board's ongoing efforts to clean up key areas of the game
May 9, 2008: The International Rugby Board today announced the composition of the specialist international referee, touch judge and television match official panels for 2008/09 and the appointments for Test matches until July 6.
Nov 8, 2007: "Remember the time when you barely heard the referee during a rugby match, when there was space in midfield, tries galore and games were rarely decided by penalties?" John Taylor reports
Oct 17, 2007: Referee Wayne Barnes made at least three serious errors that went against the All Blacks late in the World Cup quarterfinal against France, an International Rugby Board (IRB) panel has found.
Oct 10, 2007: International Rugby Board referee manager Paddy O'Brien has rejected a claim that touch judges at the World Cup were told to focus only on their primary role of keeping touch, watching for foul play and kicks at goal.
Sep 5, 2007: Dissent, foul play and illegal clothing are some of the areas officials will be cracking down on during the World Cup, according to international referees chief Paddy O'Brien.
May 7, 2007: International Rugby Board head of referees Paddy O'Brien has defended southern hemisphere whistleblowers after former All Black captain Tana Umaga attacked Super 14 refereeing standards on Saturday.
Feb 22, 2007: The brainchild of former Wallabies coach Rod Macqueen and former top New Zealand referee Paddy O'Brien could result in a shakeup of rugby's nightmarish laws next year.