The Australian and Irish RFU had to intervene to stop Wales from playing World Cup games at the Millenium Stadium. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Australia had to fight a boardroom battle to avoid facing Wales in Cardiff during the group stage of the World Cup in October, it has emerged. Althoug(...)

Though Jared Payne is more familiar with the fullback position he is happy to play at centre for Ireland. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho.

Jared Payne is beginning to feel more at ease and at home in the Irish set-up, and particularly so yesterday when the Irish team went through their p(...)

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(...)

England’s Ben Young’s (left) and Anthony Watson during the Captain’s Run at Pennyhill Park Hotel, Surrey. Photograph: Gareth Fuller/PA

The usual peace of the Surrey countryside was shattered on Wednesday as England were put through their paces to a deafening backdrop of “Hymns and Ari(...)

Jerome Kaino’s try proved to be the game changer sparking a late Welsh capitulation

Wales 16 New Zealand 34World champions New Zealand staged a storming second-half display to dash Wales’ hopes of claiming a famous victory at the Mill(...)

Twickenham will host 10 games, including the final, at the   Rugby World Cup  next year. Photograph: PA Wire.

Demand for next year’s Rugby World Cup has been so high that ballots will take place for some seats for every match to determine who gets tickets. At(...)