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(...)

 Alex Cuthbert will return for Wales against the Wallabies.  Photograph: David Davies/PA Wire

Alex Cuthbert has made a surprise return to the Wales team for Saturday’s autumn international against Australia in Cardiff. The Lions wing suffered a(...)

Brian O’Driscoll tackles Julian Savea of New Zealand during Sunday’s thrilling encounter at the  Aviva Stadiuim. O’Driscoll was later concussed after a tackle on All Blacks secondrow Brodie Retallick. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Brian O’Driscoll suffered concussion following his tackle on All Black secondrow Brodie Retallick in Sunday’s Autumn International at the Aviva Stadiu(...)

Warren Gatland. Photograph:   David Davies/PA Wire

Ospreys wing Eli Walker will make his Wales debut in Saturday’s Millennium Stadium clash against South Africa, preferred to Lions’ wing Alex Cuthbert.(...)

 Jared Payne’s switch  from fullback to fill the number 13 shirt against Cardiff in Belfast tonight is intriguing. Photograph: Tom Dulat/Inpho/Presseye

Perhaps this is a glimpse into Ulster’s and Ireland’s future shape. Joe Schmidt is charged with guiding the national team into life without Brian O’Dr(...)

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