Jonathan Sexton is tackled by England’s Owen Farrell. The Ireland outhalf has had better days with his decision making and kicking.  Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

It was a suitably grey and grim Sunday morning in London, but as Gordon D’Arcy forecast the sun would shine again and it duly did so – brilliantly,(...)

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(...)

Wales captain Sam Warburton will get another match under his belt this weekend. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images

Wales captain Sam Warburton and prop Gethin Jenkins are among 10 players who will be released to their regional teams for Pro12 action later th(...)

“We’re not in Syria,” said Alun Wyn Jones this week, “so I don’t think it’s as hostile as you like to make out.” The Welsh secondrow was reacting to a(...)

Ireland forwards coach John Plumtree.

Paul O’Connell’s “fussy” leadership commands worldwide respect, according to Ireland forwards coach John Plumtree. O’Connell has made “rapid improveme(...)

 Flanker Sam Warburton of Wales likely to be recalled to face Ireland.

Whereas France’s entrée was straight into les rosbifs in what was always going to be the pick of the opening weekend, Wales and Ireland have begun wit(...)

     England’s Alex Goode and Jamie Roberts of Wales in last March’s game at the Millennium Stadium. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

It’s back. Unlike the Tri-Nations, it may not scale the heights of the ridiculous quality evident in the South Africa-New Zealand showdown in Johannes(...)

Leinster’s Jamie Heaslip in action against Ospreys in their previous Heineken Cup Pool One game last October. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

By rights this should be one of the highlights of Leinster’s season. Although merely a point will suffice, a win would be the proper way of marking th(...)

Dan Biggar and Scott Baldwin celebrate victory in the 2012 Pro12 final as Romain Poite blows the final whistle. It left a sour taste in home mouths.

At first glance, Leinster’s Heineken Cup game at home to the Ospreys this Friday doesn’t appear to have quite the normal dramatic potential of this co(...)

In demand: Cardiff’s Leigh Halfpenny (right) is reportedly a target for Toulon. Photograph: Ben Evans/Inpho

The battle between the Welsh Rugby Union and its four regions could see leading players, who are coming out of contract at the end of the season - Sa(...)

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