Brian O’Driscoll sits alongside coach Warren Gatland during a press conference in Perth in 2013 - during the Lions tour to Australia. Photograph: Getty Images

Wales coach Warren Gatland would probably be the best person to coach the British and Irish Lions on their tour of New Zealand next year, according to(...)

Wales head coach Warren Gatland has apologised for his ‘just banter’ comments. Photograph: David Davies/PA

The Wales head coach Warren Gatland has apologised for referring to the insult Joe Marler aimed at Samson Lee as “just banter”. Marler is facing a fo(...)

Luke Marshall will start alongside Sammy Arnold in the Ulster midfield for the first time against Cardiff. Photograph: Darren Kidd/Inpho.

Cardiff v Ulster, Cardiff Arms Park, Sunday, 2.30pm BBC2 NI Both sides hope to rebound from defeats, Ulster falling to Scarlets last week and Cardi(...)

Jamie Heaslip: “If you are an Irishman and you’re playing tiddlywinks against an Englishman, or chess or scrabble, you want to beat him.” Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

At face value, it looks like the toughest fixture this season’s RBS Six Nations itinerary can throw up. England, rejuvenated under Eddie Jones, are tw(...)

Leinster’s Isa Nacewa scores his side’s try in the Guinness Pro 12 game against Cardiff Blues at Cardiff Arms Park. Photograph: Ashley Crowden/Inpho

Cardiff 13 Leinster 14 Leinster went top of the Guinness Pro12 for the first time this season thanks to a performance in which Isa Nacewa scored th(...)

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(...)

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(...)

Paul O’Connell celebrates scoring a try against Wales in 2002. Photograph: Inpho

Alas and alack, there will be no Indian Summer on the Côte d’Azur. Regrets, he’ll have a few, right until the anti-climactic end and that is indeed a (...)

Dan Biggar may be available for Wales’ game against Scotland despite spraining his ankle against Ireland. Photograph:  James Crombie/Inpho

Wales will decide whether outhalf Dan Biggar is fit enough to play against Scotland later this week. Biggar was forced off in the first half of Sunda(...)

Conor Murray tries  to charge down Rhys Priestland’s attempt at  a late drop goal at the Aviva Stadium.Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Bruised, battered but unbeaten, the Irish squad will spend much of the next two days recovering from their exertions against Wales at the outset of a (...)