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(...)

Leinster’s Gordon D’Arcy is tackled by Mathieu Bastareaud of Toulon during last Sunday’s Heineken Cup quarter-final at Stade Félix Mayol. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Leinster must move rapidly onwards. That will require bodies torpedoing into the breakdown – where Justin Tipuric(...)

George North, seen here tackling Brian O’Driscoll, was moved to centre after  Scott Williams injured his shoulder tackling the Ireland player during the Six Nations game at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

George North looks set to answer Wales’ midfield SOS for the crunch Six Nations clash against France on Friday. Wales have already lost s(...)

Ireland’s Chris Henry in full flight against Scotland in last week’s RBS Six Nations Championship match at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

It almost does not tally with such a polite, pleasant and humble Ulster player but apart from being perhaps the biggest game of Chris Henry’s caree(...)

Sam Warburton will lead Wales against Ireland

Wales captain Sam Warburton will return to the starting line-up for Saturday’s Six Nations match against Ireland at the Aviva Stadium. Warburton, who (...)

Ireland’s Conor Murray has been singled out for special praise by Shaun Edwards. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/EPA

Shaun Edwards believes that Wales face “a huge job” defensively when they tackle Ireland in Dublin next Saturday.Wales only conceded three tries durin(...)

 Wales head coach Warren Gatland has released Aaron Shingler back to the Scarlets.

Wales flanker Aaron Shingler is to undergo further treatment on an ankle injury. The Welsh Rugby Union announced that 26-year-old Shingler has been re(...)

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(...)

Dan Biggar and Scott Baldwin celebrate victory in the 2012 Pro12 final as Romain Poite blows the final whistle. It left a sour taste in home mouths.

At first glance, Leinster’s Heineken Cup game at home to the Ospreys this Friday doesn’t appear to have quite the normal dramatic potential of this co(...)