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.(...)

Sam Warburton the captain of Wales accepts the applause from the French players as he hobbles off after his side’s 20-13 victory - he expects to play against Ireland. Photograph: Michael Steele/Getty Images

Wales captain Sam Warburton is confident he will win his fitness race to face Ireland.The openside flanker hobbled off with a knee injury in Wales’ 20(...)

Wales say Sam Warbuton will return to training this week despite concerns over a knee injury. Photograph: Michael Steele/Getty Images

Wales have been buoyed with the news that captain Sam Warburton is expected to be fit for the vital RBS Six Nations clash with Ireland on March 14th.W(...)

Wales captain Sam Warburton, with his knee iced up,  celebrates with team-mate Dan Lydiate after the victory over France at the Stade de France. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Wales are sweating on skipper Sam Warburton’s fitness after he took a blow to his knee during the 20-13 Six Nations victory over France in Paris.Wales(...)

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(...)