Seán O’Brien meets some happy fans at the Ireland rugby squad’s open training session in Belfast. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

The Ireland rugby squad’s roadshow completed its 24-hour stay in Belfast in relatively rude health, with Jamie Heaslip, Seán O’Brien and Jared Payne a(...)

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(...)

Morgan Parra of France cuts a dejected figure after the defeat to Wales at the Stade France at the weekend. Photograph Michael Steele/Getty Images

Problems continued to mount for the under-pressure France coach, Philippe Saint-André, after the scrum-half Morgan Parra and the centre Wesley Fofana (...)

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(...)

  Morgan Parra starts for France, after bringing them back into contention off the bench against Ireland. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Philippe Saint-André was this week eulogising France scrumhalf Morgan Parra, admiring the tactical nous of a player who, at 26, is in his prime. Why (...)

George North: Wales want him to continue to prepare for the game against France in Paris. Photo: David Davies/PA

Northampton will be without George North when they face Bath in the English Premiership at the Recreation Ground tomorrow after Wales refused to rele(...)

England’s James Haskell is tackled by Wales’ Taulupe Faletu during their Six Nations match at the Millennium stadium in Cardiff. Photograph: Rebecca Naden/Reuters

Wales promised to be different, but words these days mean nothing. It could have been Warrenbull to wrong-foot England with Warrenball always the p(...)

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(...)

Sale Sharks’ Danny Cipriani has not played a Six Nations match in seven years. Photograph: Martin Rickett/PA Wire.

Danny Cipriani and Nick Easter have been included in England’s 25-man squad for their opening Six Nations match against Wales on Friday evening.The pa(...)