George North: “I want to be on the wing. I want to have that space to run at people.” Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

In some respects it’s a throwback to childhood and the ‘give it to the big lad,’ philosophy of mini-rugby. But there comes a time when the big lad ha(...)

Joe schmidt has said his Ireland contract will not allow him to lead the Lions in 2016. Warren Gatland, who led the Lions to victory in 2013, is currently favourite for the role. Photograph: Reuters

Joe Schmidt insists he cannot currently be considered to lead the British and Irish Lions in New Zealand in 2017 because of the constraints of his Ire(...)

Jasa Veremalua scores a try for Fiji against England in the final of the Dubai Rugby Sevens on Saturday. Photograph: Warren Little/Getty Images.

It was a weekend of the same game played in different ways and also one that wasn’t played at all. Rugby sevens is the new kid on the block. Although (...)

Wales head coach Warren Gatland is unhappy with speculation about his coaching staff. Photograph: Henry Browne/Reuters

Wales boss Warren Gatland has said he wants his current coaching staff to remain in place “until at least 2019”. Head coach Gatland has a deal in plac(...)

Wales coach Warren Gatland watches during the warm up before their Rugby World Cup Quarter Final match against South Africa at Twickenham. Photograph: Henry Browne/Reuters

Jamie Roberts is convinced Wales head coach Warren Gatland will remain in his post and spurn any overtures made by England. Gatland is among the conte(...)

Welsh player Tyler Morgan  (right), seen in action against Fiji, dons the number 13 jersey for the showdown against South Africa. Photograph:  Geoff Caddick/EPA

Triskaidekaphobia is the fear of the number 13. In the context of the Welsh international team, it should inspire certain trepidation, but only for th(...)

Conor Murray is confident going into his second World Cup. “We are in a very good place and I don’t think we should be shying away from that,” he says. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

This time four years ago it’s still remarkable to think that Conor Murray went into Ireland’s World Cup preparatory programme as fifth choice scrumhal(...)

Joe Schmidt: has achieved a 78 per cent win ratio as coach of Ireland with 14 victories in 18 Test matches. Photo:  Lorraine O’Sullivan/PA

The road to All Blacks coach is mapped out in the New Zealand rugby union’s coaching manual: know thy enemy by gaining “offshore” experience. Ideal(...)

Wales coach Robert Howley during the Wales open session ahead of Saturday’s RBS Six Nations match against Italy. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images

Rob Howley admits Wales will be using the fact that RBS Six Nations trophies are being sent to Twickenham and Murrayfield on Saturday as motivation fo(...)

Wales’ scrumhalf Rhys Webb is wary of Irelands halfbacks. Photograph: Martin Bureau/Getty Images

Rhys Webb accepts there can be “no margin for error” when Wales attempt to divert Ireland’s seemingly-relentless RBS Six Nations title march off cours(...)