Keith Earls breaks with the ball to score an Ireland try during the international match against Wales at the Millennium Stadium on Saturday. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images.

Wales 21 Ireland 35 The slickness of this performance was testimony to the coaching skills of Joe Schmidt and his staff, and the trademark(...)

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 winger George North was concussed three times in five months. Photograph: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images.

Wales skills coach Neil Jenkins has delivered an upbeat bulletin on winger George North as the World Cup countdown moves into its Test match warm-up p(...)

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(...)

Mils Muliaina returns to the Connacht side for their Pro12 game against Cardiff Blues. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho.

Cardiff Blues v Connacht The Arms Park, 7.35, TG4 Former All Black Mils Muliaina returns for Connacht after his hamstring troubles as Pat L(...)

“Ireland played great footy and deserved to win (last November), but the kicking was way too much. That’s not how we play. The mindset is a massive difference.”

The Six Nations is the pinnacle of European international rugby. The greats of the game, leapt to the world’s attention through their actions in the c(...)

Anscombe is one of 11 players selected by Warren Gatland  born outside of Wales. 1:21

So what will all that brouhaha about Henry Blake in Scotland, the Welsh media and supporters must be peppering about Gareth Anscombe being included(...)

23-year-old Gareth Anscombe, who is from New Zealand but has a Swansea-born mother, has been named in Wales’ Six Nations squad. (Photograph: INPHO/Simon King)

Gareth Anscombe, the 23-year old New Zealander with a Swansea-born mother, has been named in the Wales squad less than three months after leaving the (...)

Leinster’s Noel Reid scores his side’s first try against Cardiff Blues at the Arms Park. Photograph: Ian Cook / Inpho

Cardiff Blues 13 Leinster 22After a largely forgettable first half of the season for Leinster, the New Year has brought a rejuvenated look to the reig(...)