South Africa’s captain Fourie Du Preez runs in to score the winning try against Wales six minutes before the final whistle  at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff. Photograph: David Davies/PA Wire

South Africa: 23 Tries: Fourie du Preez, Pens: Handre Pollard (5) Wales: 19 Tries: Gareth Davies, Cons: Dan Biggar, Pens: Biggar (3) At the fina(...)

Fourie Du Preez and Schalk Burger embrace after South Africa’s Rugby World Cup quarter-final win over Wales. Photograph: Getty

South Africa 23 Wales 19 Wales fell agonisingly short, a defeat they might haunt them for some time. Not because they didn’t give their all, th(...)

Manasa Saulo runs at Alun Wyn Jones of Wales during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool A match between Wales and Fiji at the Millennium Stadium. Photograph: Phil Walter/Getty Images

Fiji prop Manasa Saulo was suspended for 10 weeks on Sunday after admitting stamping on an opponent during the Rugby World Cup match against Wales, o(...)

Fiji’s centre Vereniki Goneva  is tackled by Dan Biggar  and   Jamie Roberts of Wales  during the Rugby World Cup  Pool A match at the Millennium stadium in Cardiff. Photograph: Gabriel Bouys/AFP/Getty Images

Wales 23 Fiji 13 Wales missed what may prove an essential bonus point but considering the five-day turnaround, and against this calibre of free spirit(...)

Tyler Morgan will partner Jamie Roberts in the Welsh midfield. Photograph: Getty

POOL A: Wales v Fiji, Millennium stadium, 4.45 (Live on TV3, UTV) “It’s a tough tournament, isn’t it?” Warren Gatland, the ultimate survivor, w(...)

Wales number eight Taulupe Faletau shows the England defence a clean pair of heels at Twickenham. Photograph: Glyn Kirk/AFP photo

England 25 Wales 28 Sometimes a game actually lives up the hype, and in this instance that’s really saying something. After nearly two years of(...)

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(...)

 Luke Charteris tackles Jamie Heaslip during the Six Nations match in Cardiff. Initially Charteris was credited with 37 tackles during the game but that has now been reduced by six. Photograph: Michael Steele/Getty Images.

Reducing sporting achievement to a few digits, a grade, or a ranking, can seem unromantic. It’s a touchpaper for holy wars in the US over such things (...)

Back in harness: the return of Jonathan Sexton (centre, against Bayonne) to the European Champions Cup  should strengthen Racing Metro in Sunday’s quarter-final. Photograph: Iroziroz Gaizka/AFP/Getty Images

It’s a little surprising to be reminded that this is actually a meeting of the first and eighth seeds in the Champions Cup, with Racing advancing to (...)

Wales secondrow Luke Charteris (scrum cap) and Jamie Roberts tackle Jamie Heaslip during the Six Nations match at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff. Photograph:   Billy Stickland/Inpho

Wales lock Luke Charteris has played down his record-breaking heroics during Wales’ stirring Six Nations victory over Ireland.The secondrow giant mad(...)