Jake Ball’s beard  and Richard Hibbard’s long blond locks will make them standout performers fro Wales against England at Twickenham tomorrow. Photograph:  James Crombie/Inpho

So many words, so much emotion, so little middle ground whenever England meet Wales at rugby union whose side are you on? For (...)

Brian O’Driscoll will play against England for the 13th and final time when he lines up at Twickenham on Saturday. Photograph:  James Crombie/Inpho

Graham Rowntree has warned England that “exceptional” Brian O’Driscoll will be desperate to mark his 13th and last appearance against them with(...)

Rory Best expects England to target Ireland’s maul in next Saturday’s Six Nations clash at Twickenham. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

England will be out to “destroy” Ireland’s maul in order to derail Joe Schmidt’s Triple Crown tilt, according to hooker Rory Best. The U(...)

Tour captain Sam Warburton poses with the Tom Richards Cup at the Sydney Opera House. Photograph: Mark Kolbe/Getty Images

About the only thing the Lions did wrong, from the hosts’ perspective, was for once win. Every other box, as usual, they ticked, generating a huge sou(...)

Brian O’Driscoll and Ronan O’Gara share a laugh on Ireland duty in 2011. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Less than 24 hours before kick-off in the decisive third test against Australia, Warren Gatland’s decision to drop Brian O’Driscoll from the British &(...)

Brian O’Driscoll training with the Lions. The decision to drop the Irish centre for the third test has been  met with shock, bemusement and condemnation by players, pundits and supporters. Photograph: Inpho

Twitter rumours that replacement Lions centre Manu Tuilagi had suffered an injury during training and Ireland’s Brian O’Driscoll was in line for a dra(...)

 Lions duo Tom Court and  Justin Tipuric in action against the Melbourne Rebels yesterday. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Tom Court has his new favourite number now. It’s 806. It’s his Lions number. Having only arrived last Friday on a family holiday in his native Brisban(...)

Paul O’Connell, far right, with, left to right, Mike Phillips, Adam Jones and O’Connell’s second Test replacement Geoff Parling on St Kilda’s Beach, Melbourne. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

They may have been blessed to be the first Lions Test team with two former captains in their ranks but with the loss of one of them suddenly the touri(...)

 Graham Rowntree faces the media in Melbourne. The Lions’ forwards coach was was at pains to move on from James Horwill being cleared of stamping. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

A Lions tour seems to scarcely go by without some controversy regarding disciplinary issues. Akin to previous odysseys to the Southern Hemisphere, as (...)

 Paul O’Connell  will miss the rest of the tour with an arm injury. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

British and Irish Lions assistant coach Graham Rowntree today refused to dwell on Paul O’Connell’s tour-ending fractured arm.O’Connell sustained the (...)