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(...)

Ospreys’ Jeff Hassler brushes off Connacht’s Eoin Griffin on his way to scoring a try during the RaboDirect Pro 12 match at the  Liberty Stadium. Photograph: Huw Evans/Inpho

Ospreys 45 Connacht 20: Centre Ashley Beck crossed for two tries as the Ospreys signed off their Pro12 season with a bonus point win over Connacht at (...)

 Leinster’s Rhys Ruddock looks dejected after the defeat by Toulon in the Heineken Cup quarter-final. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Leinster didn’t replicate the shortcomings in performance terms of their Heineken Cup quarter-final defeat to Toulon when they rocked(...)

Scotland fullback Stuart Hogg has been given a three-week ban. Photograph: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

Scotland full-back Stuart Hogg has apologised again for his red-card in Wales after he was handed a three week-ban. The 21-year-old saw(...)

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(...)

As it stands: Alun-Wyn Jones will captain Wales in their Six Nations opener against Italy on Saturday, with Sam Warburton among the replacements.

Sam Warburton could start Wales’ RBS 6 Nations opener against Italy on Saturday as he prepares to make his comeback from injury. Warburton, who has be(...)

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(...)

Australia’s Joe Tomane scores a try against Wales    at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.  Photograph:  Tim Ireland/PA

Wales 26 Australia 30: Wales’ agony against Australia continued at the Millennium Stadium as they suffered a ninth successive defeat after being left (...)