George North has said his recovery from a string of head injuries is looking positive. Photograph: Getty

Wales and Northampton star George North says his recovery from concussion is “looking positive” and has played down Warren Gatland’s worries ahead of (...)

Wales winger George North suffered a concussion during the Six Nations match against England  in Cardiff at the end of February. Photo:  Glyn Kirk/AFP/Getty Images

Wales coach Warren Gatland fears star wing George North’s career could be ended if he suffers further concussions.North suffered concussions in Tests (...)

A teenage Gordon D’Arcy at Ireland squad training in 1998. Photograph: Keith Heneghan/Inpho

First sight of Gordon D’Arcy was on his knees in the background. The snapshot from March 1995 is of Geordan Murphy, his predecessor in the art of evas(...)

Gordon D’Arcy’s announcement does not rule out the possibility of  a World Cup farewell. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

It’s been one of the stellar Irish rugby careers, for sure, and when the end of October comes and Gordon D’Arcy heads into the sunset he can do so (...)

Mike Ford:  Circuitous Rugby League career took him, by chance, to Ireland in January 2002. Photograph: Getty Images

Russell Crowe wasn’t momentarily speechless collecting an Oscar for Gladiator. Nor did the cinematic hard man well up after the South Sydney Rabbitohs(...)

Wales coaches Robert Howley  and Warren Gatland  chat ahead of their Six Nations encounter against Italy in Rome. Photograph: Getty Images

All Wales know as they prepare to start the final round of matches against Italy in Rome is that they have to win to remain in contention for the titl(...)

Ireland’s Sean O’Brien scores the decisive  fourth try against Scotland. Billy Stickland/Inpho

After a remarkable final day of thrill and spills, with veritable try-fests in Rome, Edinburgh and London, it Ireland transpired that Ireland had done(...)

Ireland would receive a replica of the Six Nations trophy if they win the championship at Murrayfield on Saturday. Photograph: Afp

Wales will not be presented with a trophy if they win the Six Nations on Saturday. Instead, they will have to wait until the following day when they r(...)

Wales’ frontrow crisis means Aaron Jarvis will start their final Six Nations fixture against Italy. Photograph: Getty Images

Wales go to Rome on Saturday in search of a third Six Nations title in three years with their third-choice loose-head prop in the front row against op(...)

Ireland’s Paul O’Connell is tackled by Luke Charteris of Wales during their Six Nations match at the Millennium StadiCardiff, Wales. Photograph: Dan Mullan/Getty Images

Simply put, the Welsh war room outmanoeuvred their Irish counterparts before this match even got under way. A great victory for Warren Gatland over Jo(...)