Wales’ George North will start in the centre against Australia. Photograph: Getty Images

Gareth Anscombe will make his Rugby World Cup debut for Wales at fullback one of six changes that coach Warren Gatland made from the side that beat Fi(...)

Leigh Halfpenny of Wales receives medical treatment after suffering an ACL injury during the World Cup warm-up against Italy at the Millennium Stadium  in Cardiff. Photograph: Dan Mullan/Getty Images

Wales fullback Leigh Halfpenny has been ruled out of the World Cup after suffering knee ligament damage in the World Cup warm-up win over Italy at the(...)

Wales Head Coach Warren Gatland has been hit with a pre-tournament injury crisis. Photograph: Rebecca Naden/Reuters

Wales boss Warren Gatland looks set to summon World Cup replacements this week after being hit by a savage double blow just a fortnight before his tea(...)

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(...)