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Gareth Davies dives over for the first Welsh try against Scotland. Photograph:  Michael Steele/Getty Images

Wales 34 Scotland 7 Wales made a flying start to the Six Nations as they blew Scotland away 34-7 in Cardiff. The Scots, without a win in the Welsh c(...)

 Wales head coach Warren Gatland emerges from the tunnel before the captain’s run  ahead of their opening Six Nations match against Scotland  on Saturday in Cardiff, Wales. Photograph:  Stu Forster/Getty Images

Preview: Wales v Scotland Principality Stadium, Saturday, 2.15, Live on TV: TV3, BBC 1 Warren Gatland will on Saturday equal Bernard Laporte’s (...)

Chris Harris will make his Scotland debut in the Six Nations clash with Wales. Photo: Getty Images

Scotland head coach Gregor Townsend says Chris Harris has earned his place in the starting line-up of their Six Nations opener in Cardiff. Harris wil(...)

 John Barclay in action for his club Scarlets: “We will look at how we think we can beat Wales and put together a plan.” Photograph: Ian Cook/Inpho

The flowering of Scotland was a feature of rugby union’s climate change last year. Having withered on the Six Nations’ vine for most of the century, t(...)

Munster  celebrate as James Cronin scores a try against Castres  Olympique at Thomond Park. Photograph: Dan Sheriedan/Inpho

Before we go anywhere, if the history of the Heineken Cup/European Champions Cup has taught us anything, it is that any one year in the competition is(...)

Clermont  scrumhalf Morgan Parra  injured his knee in the Champions Cup clash against Ospreys. Photograph: Thierry Zoccolan/AFP/Getty Images

Clermont Auvergne scrumhalf Morgan Parra has been ruled out of France’s Six Nations opener against Ireland in Paris and has been replaced by Baptiste (...)

 Josh Adams of Worcester Warriors has been named in the Wales squad for the upcoming Six Nations. Photograph: Matthew Lewis/Getty Images

Uncapped duo Josh Adams and James Davies have been named in a 39-man Wales squad for this season’s Six Nations Championship. Adams has been in prolif(...)

Dragons head coach Bernard Jackman: “I don’t want to go to Munster, Leinster and Ulster and get hammered but I have to take a medium- to long-term plan.” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Bernard Jackman is his own man. But when he was playing with Leinster in 2005, an Australian coach arrived to the RDS and began a wholesale change tha(...)

Coach of the Year Eddie Jones from at the World Rugby awards in Monaco. Photograph: Getty Images

The choice of Eddie Jones as World Rugby Coach of the Year was hardly the most startling news ever to emerge from Monte Carlo. Like a race leader at t(...)

Scotland’s Byron McGuigan scores a try against Australia at Murrayfield. Photograph: Craig Brough/Reuters

That sets up the Six Nations pretty nicely. For the four home countries especially, November marked a month of progress. True, in a dozen matches betw(...)

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