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(...)

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(...)

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(...)

George North has recovered from a virus and is included in the Wales team to play South Africa. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

George North has overcome a virus to be named in Wales’ starting line-up for their first Test against South Africa on Saturday.Head coach Warren Gatla(...)

Munster’s David Kilcoyne is tackled by James King of Ospreys. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Munster coach Rob Penney said that this was the sort of game which his side would have lost last year and he praised the manner in which they saw off (...)