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Australia’s Michael Hooper scores his side’s third  try in the match against Wales at  the Principality Stadium in Cardiff. Photograph: Paul Childs/Action Images via Reuters

Wales 21 Australia 29 Wales suffered a 13th successive defeat against Australia as the Wallabies claimed a hard-fought 29-21 victory in Cardiff. Fir(...)

Renato Giammarioli scored one of Zebre’s six tries in the Guinness Pro 14 match against the Southern Kings in Port Elizabeth. Photograph:   Johan Pretorius/Gallo Images/Getty Images

Southern Kings 17 Zebre 43 Zebre thrashed Southern Kings in Port Elizabeth in a further dent to the Guinness Pro 14’s South African expansion. Ital(...)

Ulster’s Andrew Trimble congratulates try scorer John Andrew during the Guinness Pro 14 game against the Scarlets at  Kingspan Stadium. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Ulster 27 Scarlets 20 It seemed appropriate on the night that was in it that Ulster surged their way late on to secure a dramatic triumph by halting (...)

Leigh Halfpenny: will man the fullback berth for Scarlets against Ulster. Photograph: Simon King/Camerasport/Inpho

Ulster v Scarlets, Kingspan Stadium (7.35, live on BBC 2 and TG4) The Scarlets travel in expectation rather than hope as they attempt to equal a clu(...)

Ulster assistant coach Dwayne Peel: “It is going to be a tough, tough game for us.”

Any sentiment attached to the occasion will be reserved for a post-match beer and catch-up with old friends and ex-teammates, but, for 80 minutes on F(...)

 CJ Velleman (Southern Kings), Tommaso Castello (Zebre), Tiernan O’Halloran (Connacht) Dan Lydiate (Ospreys), Cory Hill (Newport Gwent Dragons), Gethin Jenkins (Cardiff Blues), Ryan Wilson (Glasgow Warriors), Ken Owens (Scarlets), Dean Budd (Bennetton Treviso), Iain Henderson (Ulster), Isa Nacewa (Leinster), CJ Stander (Munster), Mark Bennett (Edinburgh) and Neill Jordan (Toyota Cheetahs). Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Conference A MUNSTER Coach: Rassie Erasmus (until January 1st) Captain: CJ Stander Overview: Uncertainty and instability are unavoidable due to the (...)

 Iain Henderson (Ulster), Dean Budd (Bennetton Treviso), Ken Owens (Scarlets), Isa Nacewa (Leinster), CJ Velleman (Southern Kings), Mark Bennett (Edinburgh) and Cory Hill (Newport Gwent Dragons) at the launch of the Guinness PRO14 season at the Aviva. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

From a Pro14 press release: “It promises to be a sensational season . . . ” Guinness and Sky Sports certainly hope so. The good folk behind Europe’s (...)

British and Irish Lions and New Zealand All Blacks’s teams on the podium after at the presentation of the series trophy. Photo: Billy Stickland/Inpho

PLAYERS WHO PLAYED IN TEST MATCHES Sam Warburton - Tour Captain (Tests P3 – started 2, replacement 1; 180 mins) Outstanding tour captain yet again. (...)

Alun Wyn Jones and Leigh Halfpenny celebrate after victory for the Lions in the third Test against Australia in Sydney in 2013. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Warren Gatland’s Lions have a chance to win a Test series when they face New Zealand in the third and final match at Eden Park on Saturday. Only the t(...)

Éanna Falvey, the Lions team doctor, pictured during the trip to Queenstown. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

The Lions squad will return to training on Wednesday before relocating to Auckland from Queenstown, where they enjoyed a couple of days off in the cou(...)

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