Ben Youngs

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Claims of unrest within the Lions squad will only unite them further. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

The tone of the Lions tour has changed, with the New Zealand media falling more in line with its public, in recognising that a truly momentous rugby e(...)

Conor Murray and Owen Farrell will make their first start of the British & Irish Lions tour against  the Crusaders. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Time waits for no man, but by the same token sometimes, well, it’s just your time. You wouldn’t rule out Rhys Webb and, even more so, Johnny Sexton fo(...)

Jack McGrath during British & Irish Lions training at Carton House on Monday. Photograph: Inpho

Warren Gatland has confirmed that Jack McGrath will be fit to travel with the British and Irish Lions to New Zealand next Monday after a scan on the a(...)

Rhys Webb and Conor Murray in action for Wales and Ireland during the Six Nations. Photograph: James Crombie/INPHO

An intriguing subplot to the Munster-Ospreys Pro12 semi-final at Thomond Park on Saturday week is the duel at scrumhalf. Conor Murray and Rhys Webb ha(...)

Leicester have announced scrum-half Ben Youngs has withdrawn from the British and Irish Lions squad for family reasons. Photo: David Davies/PA Wire

Leicester and England scrum-half Ben Youngs has pulled out of the British and Irish Lions squad for family reasons. The Tigers announced on their web(...)

Munster’s Conor Murray: “I’m not a good spectator, especially when you know you can add value or you could be out there helping your team.”  Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

There are bad times to get injured and then there are particularly bad times. Being such a normally resolute player who is virtually an automatic firs(...)

Luke McGrath: “It’s going to be a massive challenge but you’re only going to learn from playing these guys.” Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

When Eoin Reddan followed Isaac Boss into retirement over the summer, it left the door to the Leinster number nine jersey ajar. Despite the arrival of(...)

Ireland’s Johnny Sexton celebrates with Peter O’Mahony after the Six Nations win over England at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Ireland 13 England 9 Record wreckers. And so Ireland have ended two world record 18-match winning sequences in the same season. This may not have bee(...)

 Danny Care  scores England’s  seventh try in the whopping 40-point victory over outclassed Scotland at Twickenham. Photograph: Shaun Botterill/Getty

England 61 Scotland 21 England’s oppressive rugby hymn reverberated around the ancient ground as Scotland desperately sought a manly route away from (...)

Conor Murray faces his main competition for the Lions number nine jersey, Rhys Webb, in Cardiff on Friday night. Photograph: David Davies/PA

Rhys Webb Age: 28. Test Caps: 26 (7 tries) Height: 6’. Weight: 93kg/14st9lbs In the land of scrumhalves Rhys Webb is currently king. And at six foot (...)

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