Leisnter’s new signing Kane Douglas with head coach Matt O’Connor. Photograph:  Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Cian Healy’s hamstring tear puts him out for at least four weeks and could see him miss the November series of international matches. Coach Matt O’Con(...)

South Africa fullback Willie le Roux scored a 71st-minute try in the second Test against Wales in Nelspruit. Photograph: Luke Walker/Gallo Images/Getty Images

South Africa 31 Wales 30A late penalty try denied Wales an historic first victory over the Springboks in South Africa.Liam Williams was penalised for (...)

Jonathan Davies of Wales  tackles Willie le Roux of South Africa during the Test  at  King’s Park  in Durban, South Africa. Photograph: Steve Haag/Gallo Images/Getty Images

South Africa 38 Wales 16: Mercurial fullback Willie le Roux had a hand in four of South Africa’s five tries as they outmuscled Wales in the first Test(...)

 Eoin Griffin celebrates with Connacht’s first try scorer Matt Healy during the RaboDirect Pro12 game against Cardiff Blues at the Sportsground in Galway.  Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Connacht 15 Cardiff 22: Cardiff won in Ireland for the first time in 16 months as they came from behind to beat Connacht 22-15 at the Sportsground.The(...)

Andrew Trimble takes the high ball ahead of Wales’ Liam Williams during the Six Nations match at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph:  Billy Stickland/Inpho

Wales coach Warren Gatland could find no excuses after losing to Ireland in the second match of the Six Nations Championship. The former Irish coach a(...)

Andrew Coombs and Peter O’Mahony of Ireland grapple for the ball in the lineout during last season’s RBS Six Nations Championship fixture. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

A simmering unease exists between Wales and Ireland. Since the 2009 Lions tour of South Africa, the core of both sides are close Lions team-mates and (...)

Dave Kearney passed on the opportunity to play rugby’s version of charades with regard to contract negotiations. This week the 24-year-old Leinster an(...)

Wales scrumhalf Mike Phillips looking forward to meeting Irish Lions players in Dublin on Saturday.

Wales star Mike Phillips has hailed Ireland’s record caps holder Brian O’Driscoll as “an icon of world rugby.” O’Driscoll, who is in his final season (...)

Wales’ Leigh Halfpenny and Sergio Parisse of Italy challenge for the high ball at the Millennium Stadium. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Wales launched their bid for an historic Six Nations title hat-trick in unconvincing fashion as underdogs Italy made them scrap every inch of the way (...)

     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(...)