Osea Kolinisau of The Dragons fends off a challenge during the World Club 10s match against Cardiff Blues, two clubs at war with the Welsh Rugby Union. Photo by Suhaimi Abdullah/Getty Images

Welsh rugby has again been plunged into crisis after Regional Rugby Wales (RRW) announced the participation agreement proposed by the Welsh Rugby Unio(...)

The ERC press release accompanying the decision to suspend Jared Payne for the tackle against Alex Goode of Saracens that resulted in the Ulster fullback’s red card came with the wording that Payne  had been red-carded for “an alleged dangerous charge (sic)”, rather than tackling, tapping, pushing or pulling. This was, effectively, a new one. Photograph: Brian Little/Inpho/Presseye

Here’s a question. Supposing Jared Payne and Alex Goode made the exact same runs as when they collided last Saturday week in Ravenhill, which r(...)

Felix Jones was “extremely disappointed” to miss out on inclusion in the matchday squad for the Six Nations showdown with France, having been part of the extended group during the week. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Munster fullback Felix Jones said he was extremely disappointed to miss out on inclusion in the matchday squad for the Six Nations showdown wit(...)

Wales captain Sam Warburton  receives treatment during the  Six Nations match against Scotland at the Millennium Stadium. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images

Wales skipper Sam Warburton is likely to miss “several months” of action after dislocating his shoulder against Scotland, his club side Cardiff(...)

England’s Luther Burrell  avoids the tackle of Wales’ Leigh Halfpenny to score his side’s second try during the Six Nations game at Twickenham. Photograph: Tim Ireland/PA

England 29 Wales 18: England won their first Triple Crown for 11 years and kept u(...)

Jonathan Sexton is tackled by England’s Owen Farrell. The Ireland outhalf has had better days with his decision making and kicking.  Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho 2:33

It was a suitably grey and grim Sunday morning in London, but as Gordon D’Arcy forecast the sun would shine again and it duly did so – brilliantly,(...)

George North, seen here tackling Brian O’Driscoll, was moved to centre after  Scott Williams injured his shoulder tackling the Ireland player during the Six Nations game at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

George North looks set to answer Wales’ midfield SOS for the crunch Six Nations clash against France on Friday. Wales have already lost s(...)

Wales captain Sam Warburton will get another match under his belt this weekend. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images

Wales captain Sam Warburton and prop Gethin Jenkins are among 10 players who will be released to their regional teams for Pro12 action later th(...)

 Rory Best finds Devin Toner in Saturday’s game at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Michael Steele/Getty Images

Rory Best’s face is mottled with irregular crimson blotches, a legacy of an afternoon’s sport in the Aviva Stadium. They offer a reminder of the physi(...)

 Sam Warburton(left)   and Jamie Roberts (right) during the 26-3 defeat to Ireland   at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph:  Michael Steele/Getty Images

Wales captain Sam Warburton rued his team’s poor discipline after the reigning Six Nations champions saw their hopes of a record third successive titl(...)