Michael Kiernan attempts a drop goal over Mark Ring during Ireland-Wales Five Nations match at Cardiff Arms Park in 1987. Ireland won 15-11. Photograph: Simon Bruty/Allsport

Meetings between Ireland and Wales are akin to a two-horse race, but at times over the last two or three decades it’s been easier to pick the winner o(...)

Warren Gatland and his backroom team name their Wales Six Nations squad in January.

Coach: Warren Gatland Gatland is entering his ninth Six Nations campaign as head coach of Wales since taking over from Gareth Jenkins in 2007. His (...)

Leinster’s Peter Dooley chases Bath’s Semesa Rokoduguni at the RDS. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Leinster scrum coach John Fogarty felt something akin to paternal anxiety last week with Peter Dooley, James Tracy, Tadhg Furlong and Ross Molony mak(...)

Wales scrum-half Mike Phillips has announced his retirement from international rugby. Photograph: Joe Giddens/PA

Wales scrum-half Mike Phillips has announced his retirement from international rugby. The Racing 92 player appeared in 99 Tests — 94 for Wales and fi(...)

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(...)

A TMO interlude is announced during the Ireland v Canada clash at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.  Photograph: Andrew Boyers/Reuters/Livepic

The England 2015 organisers couldn’t have scripted a better first weekend if they tried. An entertaining enough opening night win for the hosts, fu(...)

Wales Head Coach Warren Gatland can select Liam Williams and Samson Lee for their World Cup pool opener against Uruguay. Photograph: Rebecca Naden/Reuters

Liam Williams and Samson Lee are set to give Wales a welcome double boost by being available for the World Cup opener against Uruguay on Sunday week. (...)

Wales boss Warren Gatland has defended his decision to play Leigh Halfpenny in his side’s final World Cup warm-up game against Italy. Photograph: Reuters

Warren Gatland has defended his decision to play Leigh Halfpenny against Italy, even though the Wales full-back had a bandaged right knee that gave wa(...)

Wales’ Rhys Webb has been ruled out of the Rugby World Cup. Photograph: PA

Mike Phillips has been called up to the Wales squad after the scrum-half Rhys Webb was officially ruled out of the Rugby World Cup. Webb, last season(...)

Leigh Halfpenny of Wales receives medical treatment after suffering an ACL injury during the World Cup warm-up against Italy at the Millennium Stadium  in Cardiff. Photograph: Dan Mullan/Getty Images

Wales fullback Leigh Halfpenny has been ruled out of the World Cup after suffering knee ligament damage in the World Cup warm-up win over Italy at the(...)