George North, seen here lifting Israel Folau while playing for the Lions against Australia in 2013, has been moved to centre by Wales coach Warren Gatland. Photograph: Matt King/Getty Images.

There is honour among coaches. Warren Gatland knows a thing or two with regard to criticism. During the week he took time to offer empathetic support (...)

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(...)

Jonathan Thomas in action for  Worcester in February 2014. Photograph:  David Rogers/Getty Images

Jonathan Thomas talks easily and fluidly about the severe head trauma he endured as a rugby player. The former Wales international, who won 67 caps an(...)

Fiji’s centre Vereniki Goneva  is tackled by Dan Biggar  and   Jamie Roberts of Wales  during the Rugby World Cup  Pool A match at the Millennium stadium in Cardiff. Photograph: Gabriel Bouys/AFP/Getty Images

Wales 23 Fiji 13 Wales missed what may prove an essential bonus point but considering the five-day turnaround, and against this calibre of free spirit(...)

Scott Williams leaves England’s Mike Brown and Sam Burgess trailing in his wake at Twickenham. Burgess showed all the attributes of his rugby league background in what was England’s biggest game for eight years. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

I only started playing centre in 2004. It took until the 2007 World Cup before I felt properly attuned to the nuances of the position and comfortable (...)

Wales head coach Warren Gatland: “I think we’ll get a lot of confidence from this win.” Photograph: Glyn Kirk/AFP/Getty Images

Pinned against the ropes for much of the first 45 minutes and again in the last ten with a makeshift backline in which only two players finished the (...)

Wales number eight Taulupe Faletau shows the England defence a clean pair of heels at Twickenham. Photograph: Glyn Kirk/AFP photo

England 25 Wales 28 Sometimes a game actually lives up the hype, and in this instance that’s really saying something. After nearly two years of(...)

Wales’ Gareth Davies dives in to score his side’s try in the Rugby World Cup Pool A match against England at Twickenham. Photograph:  Andrew Matthews/PA

England 25 Wales 28 Somehow, it actually lived up to the hype and the seismic sense of occasion. Maybe even bettered it. There’s bravery, and t(...)

Wales fullback Liam Williams in action during the Wales kickers practice at Millennium Stadium. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images

Fullback Liam Williams and prop Samson Lee will both begin comebacks after injury when Wales open their World Cup campaign against Uruguay in Cardi(...)

It’s no fun having to tackle someone like Mathieu Bastareaud if he gets a 10-yard run on you. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Every World Cup has its own personality, a style of play that evolves the game of rugby. This year will be no different. We have already seen most of (...)