Wales Captain Sam Warburton returns to the starting line-up for Saturday’s World Cup warm-up against Italy. Photograph: PA

Sam Warburton will make his first appearance of Wales’ World Cup warm-up schedule when he returns to lead the team in Saturday’s clash against Millenn(...)

Jamie Heaslip of Ireland charges upfield during the International match between Wales and Ireland at the Millennium Stadium. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

So Pool D runners-up will be playing New Zealand on 17th October. Ahhh. But Pool D winners will have the reward of Argentina a day later. Neither Irel(...)

Simon Zebo is congratulated by three other Ireland try scorers, Jamie Heaslip, Felix Jones and Keith Earls after his score against Wales at the Millennium Stadium. Photograph: PA

Wales 21 Ireland 35 The final scoreline, if anything, flattered Wales. Ireland were way more cohesive than a Welsh team cobbled together from World Cu(...)

Ireland captain Jamie Heaslip in relaxed mood with head coach Joe Schmidt during the captain’s run at the Millennium Stadium. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images

As Jamie Heaslip noted, time was when players re-introduced themselves to the game with a modest pre-season friendly for their provinces, maybe a leag(...)

Wales coaches Robert Howley and head coach Warren Gatland - Wales have announced their XV for the game against Ireland. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images

Wales head coach Warren Gatland says he is looking for the perfect blend of experience and youth ahead of the upcoming World Cup, and he’s blooding(...)

Liam Williams  faces a World Cup fitness battle after undergoing foot surgery.

Liam Williams faces a World Cup fitness battle after undergoing foot surgery. The Scarlets back-three star has been retained in Wales’ World Cup camp(...)

Warren Gatland has named nine uncapped players in his 47-man training squad for the Rugby World Cup. Photograph: Getty

The Wales head coach Warren Gatland has turned to the Premiership as he starts preparing in earnest for the World Cup. His training squad of 47 for th(...)

Barbarians’ Wynand Oliver and Gerhard Vosloo tackle Ireland’s Colm O’Shea during the friendly match at Thomond Park.

Joe Schmidt admitted any prospective citing against Jack McGrath for his 32nd minute knee into the back of the Barbarians’ Georgian lock Konstantin Mi(...)

Barbarians’ Zane Kirchner touches down to score a try in the game against an Ireland XVat Thomond park. Photo: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Barbarians 22 Ireland 21 The individual consequences will be more significant after Ireland slipped to a defeat at Thomond Park that will merely be a(...)

Alex Cuthbert will play for the Barbarians against Ireland and England. Photo: Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images

Wales duo Adam Jones and Alex Cuthbert are set to make their Barbarians debuts against Ireland and England later this month.Jones and Cuthbert have be(...)