“Kicking is also part of the game I get confidence from. There’s no doubt if I am kicking well it lifts other parts of my game,” says Ireland’s Ian Madigan. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

For a part of the game so available to eyes, the kicker’s personality has always been split. Often more important than scoring tries, kicking has beco(...)

Moving to Fiji was ‘a new chapter, a chance to start over, and this we did in a beautiful settlement close to Nakoroboya village, nestled in the highlands of Ba.’

The open air bus is packed to the rafters with giddy school kids and market sellers clutching their sacks of cassava, guavas, lemons, chilli, manda(...)

Local residents look through the remains of a small shelter in Port Vila, the capital city of the Pacific island nation of Vanuatu On Saturday. Winds of up to 340 km/h hit the country as  category 5 cyclone named Pam was unleashed. Photograph: UNICEF Pacific/Handout via Reuters. 0:59

One of the Pacific Ocean’s most powerful ever storms devastated the island nation of Vanuatu on Saturday, tearing off roofs, uprooting trees and repor(...)

Fiji will replace the Union Jack on its national flag with a domestically-inspired emblem, the Pacific country’s prime minister has announced.A Britis(...)

Clermont Auvergne winger Noa Nakaitaci has been picked in France’s preliminary Six Nations squad. (Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images)

Uncapped Clermont Auvergne winger Noa Nakaitaci saw the World Cup door swing invitingly open on Thursday as Philippe Saint-Andre beckoned him into the(...)

Against the backdrop of Edward Snowden’s revelations of the UK’s GCHQ mass data-harvesting from cables linking Ireland to Britain and North America, t(...)

Listen up: Australian coach Michael Cheika lays down the law. Photo: Xavier Laine/Getty Images

“You don’t got to love me but you will respect me.” Tony Soprano to Christopher Moltisanti, in the doctor’s surgery after Jackie Jnr shot Furio in the(...)

Maxime Mermoz playing for Toulon above, is one of four French changes. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

France manager Philippe Saint-Andre on Wednesday has named his team to face Argentina at the Stade de France on Saturday.Off-the-back of last weekend’(...)

 Wales player George North (centre) and team-mates   after the narrow win over  Fiji at Millennium Stadium. Photograph:  Stu Forster/Getty Images

Wales captain Gethin Jenkins was unimpressed as his side recorded a 17-13 victory over Fiji at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff. While Wales claimed (...)

 Alex Cuthbert (right) of beats Asaeli Tikoirotuma of Fiji to score the second try  at the Millennium Stadium. Photograph:  Michael Steele/Getty Images

Wales 17 Fiji 13Wales recorded their first victory since last season’s Six Nations Championship by predictably subduing Millennium Stadium visitors Fi(...)