Rhys Ruddock replaced Tommy O’Donnell during Ireland’s Six Nations draw with Wales. Photograph: Inpho

Ireland have proved they can still set the Six Nations standard, even without a raft of injured frontline stars, according to Rhys Ruddock. Flanker (...)

Munster duo Tommy O’Donnell and CJ Stander both start for Ireland against Wales on Sunday. Photograph: Inpho

Rob Kearney and Sean O’Brien are the latest senior players ruled out of the opening Six Nations match against a well-stocked Welsh side. The Lei(...)

Wales coach Warren Gatland expects a physical game against Ireland on Sunday. Photograph: James Crosbie/Inpho.

Never shy about declaring his hand, either four days out from the match or two days ahead of his counterpart Joe Schmidt, or declaring anything else (...)

Ireland captain Rory Best at squad training. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Seán O’Brien has emerged as a significant doubt for Ireland’s opening defence of their RBS Six Nations title against Wales at the Aviva Stadium. The(...)

Warren Gatland has handed a first Wales cap in five years to Cardiff winger Tom James, while skipper Sam Warburton starts at blindside flanker. Photograph: Inpho

Cardiff Blues wing Tom James will make his first Wales appearance for more than five years in Sunday’s Six Nations clash against Ireland. And Wales h(...)

 South Africa’s captain Fourie Du Preez runs in to score the winning try against Wales six minutes before the final whistle  at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff. Photograph: David Davies/PA Wire

South Africa: 23 Tries: Fourie du Preez, Pens: Handre Pollard (5) Wales: 19 Tries: Gareth Davies, Cons: Dan Biggar, Pens: Biggar (3) At the fina(...)

Wales coach Warren Gatland speaking at a press conference two days before his side’s World Cup quarter-final with South Africa. Photo: Martin Bureau/Getty Images

Warren Gatland was at his world weary best at the Wales team base in Weybridge, barely glancing up as he summed up the opposition. “It will be the sam(...)

Gethin Jenkins has been recalled by Warren Gatland for Wales’ World Cup quarter-final clash with South Africa. Photograph: Getty

Wales head coach Warren Gatland has made three changes of personnel to his team for Saturday’s Rugby World Cup quarter-final against South Africa at T(...)

Wales captain Sam Warburton

There is a temptation to portray Warren Gatland as the poker-faced gambler, a man who follows a hunch, from his days in charge of Ireland, through hi(...)

Wales’ captain Sam Warburton has missed out on some sleep in recent days. Photograph: Rebecca Naden/Reuters

Wales captain Sam Warburton was unable to sleep after his team mate Dan Lydiate apparently saw a ghost in room 1313 at the team’s Rugby World Cup base(...)