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(...)

Wales lock Alun-Wyn Jones has put in  stunning performances against Scotland and France. Photograph:  Stu Forster/Getty Images

Rob Howley believes that Ireland’s unrelenting accuracy “in everything they do” has helped make them such a force during Joe Schmidt’s coaching reign.(...)

George North: Wales want him to continue to prepare for the game against France in Paris. Photo: David Davies/PA

Northampton will be without George North when they face Bath in the English Premiership at the Recreation Ground tomorrow after Wales refused to rele(...)

 Samson Lee of Wales has been ruled out of the Scotland game.  Photograph:   Michael Steele/Getty Images

Wales were dealt a second major injury blow on Friday as they departed for a make-or-break Six Nations mission against Scotland at Murrayfield. Prop S(...)

New Ireland forwards coach Simon Easterby. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho.

Thoughtful and meticulous for the most part in teasing out his answers, Simon Easterby cuts a relaxed figure in his first official media engagement si(...)

Andrew Trimble takes the high ball ahead of Wales’ Liam Williams during the Six Nations match at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph:  Billy Stickland/Inpho

Wales coach Warren Gatland could find no excuses after losing to Ireland in the second match of the Six Nations Championship. The former Irish coach a(...)