On your marks: Paul O’Connell will captain Ireland in their decisive tie against England in the Six Nations. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Once again the stakes are huge. Once again the meeting of last year’s top two finds both countries unbeaten. So come the full-time whistle the winners(...)

Adam Jones walks off with a dislocated shoulder  during the second Test  between South Africa and the British and Irish Lions in 2009, after Bakkies Botha hit him with a no-arm clearout. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

“That’s a very interesting one” said a current Test official when shown a video of a 19-stone international prop taking out an opponent with a flying (...)

George North has been recalled by Wales for Saturday’s RBS Six Nations clash against France. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images

Wing George North and prop Samson Lee have both been recalled by Wales for Saturday’s RBS Six Nations clash against France in Paris.North has not play(...)

Wales’ Jonathan Davies runs through to score a try against Scotland during the  Six Nations match at  Murrayfield. Photograph:  Owen Humphreys/PA

Scotland 23 Wales 26Wales claimed an eighth successive victory over Scotland as they revived their Six Nations title hopes following a thrilling win a(...)

Wales captain Sam Warburton during a press conference at The Vale Resort, Hensol. Photograph: Nick Potts/PA Wire 1:58

Sam Warburton may be winning his 50th cap this evening but in one sense the Wales captain will be stepping into the unknown. Rugby at the top level, h(...)

England outhalf George Ford practices his kicking during the England captain’s run at the Millennium Stadium. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images) 1:58

In seven months’ time the opening night of the Six Nations championship will feel like a distant memory. The Rugby World Cup will be about to kick of(...)

Wales head coach Warren Gatland raises a smile whilst facing the media at the Wales RBS Six Nations Squad Announcement. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Warren Gatland has a remarkable Six Nations coaching record and his ability to chisel out a psychological edge is among his many talents. Naming his (...)

23-year-old Gareth Anscombe, who is from New Zealand but has a Swansea-born mother, has been named in Wales’ Six Nations squad. (Photograph: INPHO/Simon King)

Gareth Anscombe, the 23-year old New Zealander with a Swansea-born mother, has been named in the Wales squad less than three months after leaving the (...)

Leinster’s Noel Reid scores his side’s first try against Cardiff Blues at the Arms Park. Photograph: Ian Cook / Inpho

Cardiff Blues 13 Leinster 22After a largely forgettable first half of the season for Leinster, the New Year has brought a rejuvenated look to the reig(...)

Wales fly half Rhys Priestland will leave Scarlets to oin Bath at the end of the season (Photograph: INPHO/Simon King)

The Wales international outhalf Rhys Priestland is to join the Premiership club Bath from Scarlets, the Welsh region have confirmed.In a statement, th(...)