Warren Gatland: he has won two Grand Slams with Wales but struggled to make an impression in this year’s World Cup. Photograph:  Mike Egerton/PA Wire

Wales coach Warren Gatland has told New Zealand radio he will step down after the next World Cup. “I’m here until 2019 and the plan for me then is de(...)

New Zealand’s outhalf Dan Carter prepares to kick the ball during a semi-final match of the 2015 Rugby World Cup against South Africa. Photograph: Getty Images

Following an action-packed year for international rugby, which will culminate with Saturday’s Rugby World Cup final, the shortlist for the Player of t(...)

Taulupe Faletau of Wales is tackled by South Africa’s JP Pietersen during their Rugby World Cup Quarter Final match at Twickenham. Photograph: Stefan Wermuth/Reuters

Newport Gwent Dragons have been refused permission to proceed with a possible transfer of their Wales number eight Taulupe Faletau to Aviva Premiershi(...)

Wales coach Warren Gatland watches during the warm up before their Rugby World Cup Quarter Final match against South Africa at Twickenham. Photograph: Henry Browne/Reuters

Jamie Roberts is convinced Wales head coach Warren Gatland will remain in his post and spurn any overtures made by England. Gatland is among the conte(...)

Duane Vermuelen’s magic pass helped South Africa finally break down Wales in their World Cup quarter-final victory at Twickenham on Saturday. Photograph: Afp

Imposing and with a face that has seen rugby wars, Duane Vermuelen could have stepped from Mount Rushmore. He is not the Springbok forward most would (...)

 South Africa’s captain Fourie Du Preez runs in to score the winning try against Wales six minutes before the final whistle  at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff. Photograph: David Davies/PA Wire

South Africa: 23 Tries: Fourie du Preez, Pens: Handre Pollard (5) Wales: 19 Tries: Gareth Davies, Cons: Dan Biggar, Pens: Biggar (3) At the fina(...)

South Africa’s Fourie du Preez goes over for his side’s winning try in their victory over Wales at the Rugby World Cup quarter-finals. Photo: Henry Browne/Reuters

There were to be no crumbs of comfort gained by Wales that they were beaten by one flash of inspiration from Springbok captain Fourie Du Preez and Dua(...)

Fourie Du Preez and Schalk Burger embrace after South Africa’s Rugby World Cup quarter-final win over Wales. Photograph: Getty

South Africa 23 Wales 19 Wales fell agonisingly short, a defeat they might haunt them for some time. Not because they didn’t give their all, th(...)

Wales coach Warren Gatland speaking at a press conference two days before his side’s World Cup quarter-final with South Africa. Photo: Martin Bureau/Getty Images

Warren Gatland was at his world weary best at the Wales team base in Weybridge, barely glancing up as he summed up the opposition. “It will be the sam(...)

South Africa’s wing JP Pietersen celebrates after scoring a try in the Pool B match against Scotland at St James’ Park. Photograph: Paul Ellis/AFP/Getty Images.

South Africa v Wales Listening to the changing doctrine of South Africa this week has again reinforced the idea that in team sports almost everything (...)