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 Captain Sam Warburton returns to the starting line-up for Saturday’s World Cup warm-up against Italy. Photograph: PA

Sam Warburton will make his first appearance of Wales’ World Cup warm-up schedule when he returns to lead the team in Saturday’s clash against Millenn(...)

Wales head coach Warren Gatland has announced his World Cup 31 man squad. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Bath lock Dominic Day and Exeter prop Tomas Francis have both been named in Wales’ 31-man World Cup squad. Day is among five locks in the group(...)

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(...)

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 (...)

Recalled Gethin Jenkins in training at the Vale Hotel ahead of Saturday’s Autumn International against South Africa. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images

Gethin Jenkins will return to the Wales frontrow on Saturday, ready for a trademark punishing physical encounter against South Africa. The Cardiff Blu(...)

 Wales player George North (centre) and team-mates   after the narrow win over  Fiji at Millennium Stadium. Photograph:  Stu Forster/Getty Images

Wales captain Gethin Jenkins was unimpressed as his side recorded a 17-13 victory over Fiji at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff. While Wales claimed (...)

George North takes part in a Wales training session at the Millennium stadium. Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images

George North will start his second match in the centre for Wales on Saturday when their World Cup group rivals Australia visit the Millennium Stadium (...)

Leicester’s Manu Tuilagi has been recalled to the matchday 23 for England’s Six Nations finale against Italy in Rome. Photograph:  David Rogers/Getty Images.

England are hoping to use Manu Tuilagi as a “wrecking ball” as they go in search of a convincing Six Nations victory over Italy in Rome on Satu(...)

Jonathan Sexton is tackled by England’s Owen Farrell. The Ireland outhalf has had better days with his decision making and kicking.  Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho 2:33

It was a suitably grey and grim Sunday morning in London, but as Gordon D’Arcy forecast the sun would shine again and it duly did so – brilliantly,(...)