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(...)

Ireland’s Johnny Sexton and Paul O’Connell in discussion during the Captains Run  at the Aviva Stadium ahead of Sunday’s Six Nations clash with England. Photograph:   Niall Carson/PA

Ireland against England is always a big deal, but it’s hard to escape the feeling Sunday’s game at the Aviva is a bit different. It’s a coming (...)

Putting it on the line: Ireland’s Keith Wood powers over for a  try against England in their 2001 Six Nations match. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

It’s the big one, simple as. Ireland against England has a resonance, a sense of history and occasion which surpasses all other Irish fixtures. Be it (...)

Scotland’s Peter Horne is one of four changes to the Scotland team which faces Italy. Photograph: Gonzalo Fuentes/Inpho

Glasgow’s Peter Horne has been given the nod to replace suspended outhalf Finn Russell for Scotland’s RBS Six Nations clash with Italy on Saturday.Rus(...)

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’ Jamie Roberts takes on Scotland’s Rob Harley during their Six Nations  match at Murrayfield earlier this month. Photograph: Russell Cheyne/Reuters

Wales centre Jamie Roberts will go into next Saturday’s Six Nations clash against France amid speculation that he could be released early from his con(...)

Scotland outhalf Finn Russell will need to be pivotal against Wales on Sunday if they are to recover from last week’s defeat in Paris. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Two teams face each other at Murrayfield on Sunday on the back of opening-round defeats, but there is a marked difference in their psyches.Scotland h(...)

Wales head coach Warren Gatland has named his team for the second round of the RBS Six Nations. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Wales wing George North has been given “an extended recovery period” and will not be involved in next Sunday’s RBS Six Nations clash against Scotland (...)

Wales winger George North should not have remained on the field of play following a head impact in the 61st minute of the Wales versus England RBS Six Nations match, World Rugby has announced in a statement. Photograph: Joe Giddens/PA

World Rugby has said Wales winger George North should not have remained on the field after a clash of heads with team-mate Richard Hibbard but it acce(...)

George North was controversially allowed to play on in Wales’ defeat to England after being knocked out cold. (Photograph: INPHO/James Crombie)

Rugby union’s world governing body has requested “a full report” from Welsh rugby chiefs after George North suffered two blows to the head during Fri(...)