Ospreys’ Jeff Hassler brushes off Connacht’s Eoin Griffin on his way to scoring a try during the RaboDirect Pro 12 match at the  Liberty Stadium. Photograph: Huw Evans/Inpho

Ospreys 45 Connacht 20: Centre Ashley Beck crossed for two tries as the Ospreys signed off their Pro12 season with a bonus point win over Connacht at (...)

Pat Lam: on a run of four defeats

Connacht’s season has petered out rather anti-climactically, a run of four defeats following a four-match winning sequence which in turn has seen them(...)

Mike McCarthy at a Leinster Rugby press conference: “I really want to go on the tour as everyone does but I don’t think I can look any further than my form for Leinster and a strong finish to the season.” Photograph: Inpho .  ,

Mike McCarthy bears just the faintest trace of a mark from an incident last January when he was the victim of a s(...)

Alain Rolland refereesa  match between South Africa and Australia.  Photograph:  David Rogers/Getty Images

From the age of eight his parents would hang the unaccompanied minor Aer Lingus tag around his neck and usher him onto the aircraft bound for the C(...)

Eoin Reddan injured his calf muscle during training and will have to sit out the squad sessions over the next few days.

Eoin Reddan has been sidelined for the week and is highly unlikely to play any part in Ireland’s opening Six Nations championship match against Scotla(...)

     England’s Alex Goode and Jamie Roberts of Wales in last March’s game at the Millennium Stadium. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

It’s back. Unlike the Tri-Nations, it may not scale the heights of the ridiculous quality evident in the South Africa-New Zealand showdown in Johannes(...)

As it stands: Alun-Wyn Jones will captain Wales in their Six Nations opener against Italy on Saturday, with Sam Warburton among the replacements.

Sam Warburton could start Wales’ RBS 6 Nations opener against Italy on Saturday as he prepares to make his comeback from injury. Warburton, who has be(...)

Scarlets lock Jake Ball has been called into the Wales Six Nations squad. Photograph: Francois Guillot/AFP/Getty Images

Uncapped Scarlets secondrow Jake Ball has been officially called into Wales’ Six Nations squad.Ball, 22, has been training with the squad ahead of nex(...)

Warren Gatland targeting third Six  Nations in a row with Wales.  Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Entering last year’s Six Nations, France were the unbeaten form team from November and were favourites for the title. Wales were winless in the autumn(...)

Alun-Wyn Jones, pictured here in action  against Leinster at the RDS, has signed a new deal at the Ospreys. Photograph:   Niall Carson/PA

Alun-Wyn Jones has given Welsh rugby a huge boost by signing a new contract with the Ospreys. Jones, a mainstay of the Wales team who captained the Br(...)