Wales captain Sam Warburton. Photograph: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

Welsh rugby has finally agreed a peace deal with 10 players receiving dual contracts in a six-year €75 million-plus agreement. The new Rugby Services(...)

South Africa fullback Willie le Roux scored a 71st-minute try in the second Test against Wales in Nelspruit. Photograph: Luke Walker/Gallo Images/Getty Images

South Africa 31 Wales 30A late penalty try denied Wales an historic first victory over the Springboks in South Africa.Liam Williams was penalised for (...)

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(...)

Wales lock Alun Wyn Jones . Photograph:  Stu Forster/Getty Images

Alun Wyn Jones is unsure as to whether Wales’ British and Irish Lions stars can use fatigue as an excuse for their below-par Six Nations campai(...)

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,(...)

Wales’ Richard Hibbard and Taulupe Faletau tackle Pascal Pape of France. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Wales 27 France 6 Wales achieved a third successive championship vic(...)

 Alun Wyn Jones in action for Wales against Italy at the Millennium Stadium last Saturday. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images.

The Welsh squad and management are clearly at pains to avoid entering discussions about Warren Gatland’s omission of Brian O’Driscoll from the Lions t(...)

 Wales coach Warren Gatland oversees training during a squad  training session ahead of their Six Nations match against Italy on Saturday. Photograph: Getty Images

One word recurs when players and coaches talk about Warren Gatland and the key to his success: honesty. The New Zealander, whose coaching career has t(...)

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(...)