Wales wing George North runs in their fifth try during the Six Nations  match against  Italy at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff. Photograph: Geoff Caddick/AFP/Getty Images

Wales 67 Italy 14 Wales secured runners-up spot in this season’s Six Nations Championship after running riot against outclassed visitors Italy in Car(...)

 Sam Warburton of Wales gives the thumbs up as he leaves the field on a stretcher during the defeat at Twickenham Stadium. Photograph: Clive Rose/Getty Images

Ospreys flanker Dan Lydiate will captain Wales for the first time in a Test match when Wales conclude their Six Nations campaign against Italy on Satu(...)

Anthony Watson scores  England’s try during the Six Nations match at Twickenham. Photograph: Andrew Fosker/Inpho

England 25 Wales 21 England edged to the brink of a first Six Nations title for five years with a 25-21 victory over Wales but were forced to survive(...)

Sam Warburton of Wales: no suprise to see him at the top of the Six Nations stats list. Photograph: David Davies/PA Wire

Rugby’s not an easy game for a stats-friendly parish. Difficult to code at speed, harder still to do so accurately. So when we got a whiff of individ(...)

Dan Biggar (centre) talks to Jamie Heaslip and   Jonathan Davies after last Sunday’s Six Nations game in Dublin. Photograph:  James Crombie/Inpho

Outhalf Dan Biggar will feature in an unchanged Wales team for Saturday’s Six Nations clash against Scotland at the retitled Principality Stadium in C(...)

Rhys Ruddock replaced Tommy O’Donnell during Ireland’s Six Nations draw with Wales. Photograph: Inpho

Ireland have proved they can still set the Six Nations standard, even without a raft of injured frontline stars, according to Rhys Ruddock. Flanker (...)

Ireland’s Jonathan Sexton kicks a penalty against Wales at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Johnny Sexton, so clearly in agony, only took leave of this Test match after ensuring Ireland regained parity at 16-16. Clearly the success and failu(...)

Connacht’s Nathan White in a ruck during Ireland squad training at Carton House on Friday. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

As pivotal openers go, this looks fairly pivotal alright. If Ireland lose, they will be looking down the barrel of successive visits to Paris, in just(...)

Munster duo Tommy O’Donnell and CJ Stander both start for Ireland against Wales on Sunday. Photograph: Inpho

Rob Kearney and Sean O’Brien are the latest senior players ruled out of the opening Six Nations match against a well-stocked Welsh side. The Lei(...)

Wales’s Justin Tipuric can read space and attack it like few forwards in the game. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images

The toughest 20 days of Joe Schmidt’s journey begins on Sunday; Wales at home, France in Paris six days hence with England away by day 20. All to be d(...)