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Liam Williams was one of the standout players as Wales were narrowly beaten by England in Cardiff. Photograph: Inpho/James Crombie

15 Stuart Hogg Perhaps not as tidy a performance as he produced against Ireland but again Hogg was the standout fullback on show across the second we(...)

Taulupe Faletau will miss Wales’ Six Nations opener against Italy through injury. Photograph: Getty/Stu Forster

Bath forwards Taulupe Faletau and Luke Charteris have both been ruled out of Wales’ Six Nations Championship opener against Italy in Rome on Sunday. (...)

England’s captain Eoin Morgan is run out by India’s Jasprit Bumrah during the One-Day International at the Barabati Stadium in Cuttack. Photograph: Adnan Abidi/Reuters

England were narrowly overpowered in Cuttack, going down swinging by 15 runs to lose the three-match series at the earliest possible opportunity. Aske(...)

Scarlets’ Aled Davies is tackled by Ulster’s Sean Reidy  before Scarlets are awarded a penalty try and a yellow card is given to Reidy. Photograph: Ben Evans/Presseye/Inpho

Like any significant directive or law amendment from World Rugby, the game’s global governing body, there will always be inconsistencies and teething(...)

India’s Karun Nair raises his bat after scoring three hundred runs against England during their fourth day of the fifth cricket test match in Chennai, India. Photo: Tsering Topgyal/AP

England 477, 12-0; India 759-7d There was not much demob-happiness on view. The Englishmen were still out there in the midday sun, the mid-afternoo(...)

Indian opening batsman reacts after his dismissal for 199 in the 5th Test against England at the M A Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai. Photograph: Danish Siddiqui/Reuters

5th Test, Stumps Day 3: England 477 lead India 391-4 by 86 runs What a lovely day to be the third umpire. This occupation has been described by one w(...)

Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli, left, celebrates a double century on the fourth day of the fourth Test in Mumbai, India. Photograph:  Rafiq Maqbool/AP

The end is nigh unless miracles happen on Mondays in Mumbai for England. They still trail India by 49 runs and they have just four wickets remainin(...)

Bernard Foley dives to score during Australia’s 32-8 win over Wales in Cardiff. Photograph: Getty

Shaun Edwards feels Wales need to take a leaf out of Ireland’s All Blacks-beating manual to cure their autumn blues. Ireland stunned the rugby world (...)

Ulster’s Louis Ludik dives over to score  a try in the Guinness Pro12 game against the Scarlets at  Kingspan Stadium in Belfast. Photograph:  Darren Kidd/Inpho/Presseye

Ulster 19 Scarlets 8 On a balmy night in Belfast, Ulster managed to go top of the table and yet put in a display more akin to what might be seen on a(...)

Leinster’s Dominic Ryan is tackled by Michael Tagicakibau of Scarlets during the Guinness Pro 12 game at the RDS. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Leinster 19 Scarlets 15 A beautifully mild night and not a breath of wind in the RDS warmed a thin enough crowd behind the goals in Dublin’s Ba(...)

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