Keith Earls breaks with the ball to score an Ireland try during the international match against Wales at the Millennium Stadium on Saturday. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images.

Wales 21 Ireland 35 The slickness of this performance was testimony to the coaching skills of Joe Schmidt and his staff, and the trademark(...)

Simon Zebo is congratulated by three other Ireland try scorers, Jamie Heaslip, Felix Jones and Keith Earls after his score against Wales at the Millennium Stadium. Photograph: PA

Wales 21 Ireland 35 The final scoreline, if anything, flattered Wales. Ireland were way more cohesive than a Welsh team cobbled together from World Cu(...)

Ireland captain Jamie Heaslip in relaxed mood with head coach Joe Schmidt during the captain’s run at the Millennium Stadium. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images

As Jamie Heaslip noted, time was when players re-introduced themselves to the game with a modest pre-season friendly for their provinces, maybe a leag(...)

George North became the youngest try scorer in World Cup history when he crossed against Namibia during the 2011 World Cup. Photograph: Getty

If Wales are to match their showing from four years ago and perhaps go a step further in the 2015 World Cup then the health of George North will be pa(...)

Warren Gatland has named nine uncapped players in his 47-man training squad for the Rugby World Cup. Photograph: Getty

The Wales head coach Warren Gatland has turned to the Premiership as he starts preparing in earnest for the World Cup. His training squad of 47 for th(...)

Ian Keatley has been named in the Munster side to play Cardiff Clues in the Pro 12 tomorrow evening. (Photograph: INPHO/Marcus Sheridan)

Ian Keatley returns to the Munster team for tomorrow’s Pro 12 fixture against Cardiff Blues at the newly developed Musgrave Park.Keatley, fresh from a(...)

Warren Gatland: “The Six Nations is always a tough competition, you need a little bit of luck and momentum and that’s why we need to start well against Italy first up.”

Wales head coach Warren Gatland has named a 32-man squad for this season’s Six Nations title defence. There are no uncapped players in Gatland’s group(...)

Warren Gatland. Photograph:   David Davies/PA Wire

Ospreys wing Eli Walker will make his Wales debut in Saturday’s Millennium Stadium clash against South Africa, preferred to Lions’ wing Alex Cuthbert.(...)

Leinster’s Brian O’Driscoll and Owen Williams of Cardiff Blues in action at the RDS. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

LEINSTER 34 (Tries: Cronin, Penalty, Ryan, Madigan; Pens: Madigan 2; Cons: Madigan 4)CARDIFF BLUES 20 (Tries: Cuthbert, Allen; Pens: Halfpenny (2); Co(...)

Connacht’s Gavin Duffy will start against Cardiff on Friday. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Connacht coach Pat Lam will welcome Gavin Duffy and Tiernan O’Halloran back into his starting XV for Friday’s game against Cardiff (7.05pm).The experi(...)