Johnny Sexton in action against Wales in their Six Nations opener. “On seeing his demeanour on the field last Sunday it looked to me like he was enjoying his rugby again.” Photograph: Getty Images

The well-worn line about doing the jersey justice resonates in the wake of Paul O’Connell’s retirement from rugby. But a genuine tribute to Paulie’s l(...)

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(...)

Wales coach Warren Gatland expects a physical game against Ireland on Sunday. Photograph: James Crosbie/Inpho.

Never shy about declaring his hand, either four days out from the match or two days ahead of his counterpart Joe Schmidt, or declaring anything else (...)

Warren Gatland has handed a first Wales cap in five years to Cardiff winger Tom James, while skipper Sam Warburton starts at blindside flanker. Photograph: Inpho

Cardiff Blues wing Tom James will make his first Wales appearance for more than five years in Sunday’s Six Nations clash against Ireland. And Wales h(...)

CARDIFF, WALES - MARCH 14: Ireland player Jamie Heaslip gets to grips with Alun Wyn Jones of Wales during the RBS Six Nations match between Wales and Ireland at Millennium Stadium on March 14, 2015 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Super Saturday was indeed beyond superlative, but it does look a rather long time ago now. In glorious mid-March conditions the day rained points (2(...)

Connacht’s Ian Porter scores his side’s first try during the Guinness Pro 12 match  at  Cardiff Arms Park. Photograph:  Ashley Crowden/Inpho

Cardiff Blues 20 Connacht 16 Connacht’s poor record at the Arms Park continued on Friday night as their six-game winning run in the Pro 12 league was(...)

Bristol’s Gavin Henson playing an  IPA Championship match last February. Photograph: Dan Mullan/Getty Images

Wales will today name the replacement for Liam Williams who, after suffering the recurrence of a foot injury during the weekend defeat by Australia, (...)

Warren Gatland has named nine uncapped players in his 47-man training squad for the Rugby World Cup. Photograph: Getty

The Wales head coach Warren Gatland has turned to the Premiership as he starts preparing in earnest for the World Cup. His training squad of 47 for th(...)

Christian Bale as Patrick Bateman in American Psycho, one of a series of fictional murderers imitated by a serial killer in Pierre Lemaitre’s Irène

Pierre Lemaitre’s Alex earned rave reviews last year, not least for the way Lemaitre rework(...)