Stuart McCloskey could form a physically imposing midfield partnership with Robbie Henshaw in Ireland’s Six Nations opener against Wales. Photograph: Inpho

Wales’ Jonathan Davies will be “the midget of the midfield” if Ireland pair Stuart McCloskey and Robbie Henshaw at centre for Sunday’s Six Nations ope(...)

Jared Payne in action during Ireland training at Carton House. Photograph:   Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Nothing much fazes Jared Payne, his laconic drawl occasionally punctuated by a smile, as he discusses the disappointment of injury, a curtailed playin(...)

Warren Gatland has handed a first Wales cap in five years to Cardiff winger Tom James, while skipper Sam Warburton starts at blindside flanker. Photograph: Inpho

Cardiff Blues wing Tom James will make his first Wales appearance for more than five years in Sunday’s Six Nations clash against Ireland. And Wales h(...)

CARDIFF, WALES - MARCH 14: Ireland player Jamie Heaslip gets to grips with Alun Wyn Jones of Wales during the RBS Six Nations match between Wales and Ireland at Millennium Stadium on March 14, 2015 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Super Saturday was indeed beyond superlative, but it does look a rather long time ago now. In glorious mid-March conditions the day rained points (2(...)

Vern Cotter has given the likes of Finn Russell and Stuart Hogg a creative license they have thrived under.

Coach: Vern Cotter Joe Schmidt’s old friend and fellow Kiwi, Vern Cotter’s reign as Scotland’s head coach has been a case of so close, yet so far sin(...)

The Roman philosopher and politician Cicero once observed that: “No one can give you wiser advice than yourself.”     Joe Schmidt woul(...)

Jonathan Davies has won 48 caps for Wales and had been playing for French Top 14 club Clermont Auvergne. Photograph: PA.

Jonathan Davies is the latest leading Wales international to commit to the game at home after the Welsh Rugby Union announced yesterday that he had si(...)

Bristol’s Gavin Henson playing an  IPA Championship match last February. Photograph: Dan Mullan/Getty Images

Wales will today name the replacement for Liam Williams who, after suffering the recurrence of a foot injury during the weekend defeat by Australia, (...)

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 (...)

2015 Rugby World Cup Warm-Up Match, Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, Wales vs Ireland. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

BBC Wales earned the ubiquitous 15-minutes of fame, certainly in an Irish context, as the rugby or sporting diaspora tuned into the complexity of unsc(...)