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(...)

Conor Murray  during Ireland’s training session at  Carton House, Co Kildare. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Conor Murray has been given plenty of advice over the years, from coaches, team-mates, former players, fans et al. But one piece of advice will always(...)

Dan Carter during an All Blacks training session in London yesterday as he prepares to celebrate his 100th cap. Photograph: Phil Walter/Getty Images

“Some players play with the wind, others create it,” wrote the late Carwyn James in the Guardian many years ago. He was talking about Barry John but h(...)

Brian O’Driscoll and Warren Gatland meet on the pitch following the Lions’ third Test victory in Sydney. Photograph: Reuters.

Brian O’Driscoll’s brush with mortality when he was dropped by Lions coach Warren Gatland for the third and final Test match against Australia in June(...)

Tour captain Sam Warburton poses with the Tom Richards Cup at the Sydney Opera House. Photograph: Mark Kolbe/Getty Images

About the only thing the Lions did wrong, from the hosts’ perspective, was for once win. Every other box, as usual, they ticked, generating a huge sou(...)

British and Irish Lions Tommy Bowe tackles  Australia’s  Joe Tomane during the second Test. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

He won’t like the description, but aside from recovering from a broken hand Tommy Bowe is also becoming something of an old hand at this big-game lark(...)

Jonny Sexton during kicking practice, at the Etihad Stadium, Melbourne before the second Test. Phograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Jonny Sexton was almost certainly the Lions’ most important player when the squad was announced and – no disrespect to Owen Farrell – nothing has chan(...)