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Keith Earls breaks with the ball to score an Ireland try during the international match against Wales at the Millennium Stadium on Saturday. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images.

Wales 21 Ireland 35 The slickness of this performance was testimony to the coaching skills of Joe Schmidt and his staff, and the trademark(...)

Simon Zebo is congratulated by three other Ireland try scorers, Jamie Heaslip, Felix Jones and Keith Earls after his score against Wales at the Millennium Stadium. Photograph: PA

Wales 21 Ireland 35 The final scoreline, if anything, flattered Wales. Ireland were way more cohesive than a Welsh team cobbled together from World Cu(...)

Ireland captain Jamie Heaslip in relaxed mood with head coach Joe Schmidt during the captain’s run at the Millennium Stadium. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images

As Jamie Heaslip noted, time was when players re-introduced themselves to the game with a modest pre-season friendly for their provinces, maybe a leag(...)

Warren Gatland has named nine uncapped players in his 47-man training squad for the Rugby World Cup. Photograph: Getty

The Wales head coach Warren Gatland has turned to the Premiership as he starts preparing in earnest for the World Cup. His training squad of 47 for th(...)

23-year-old Gareth Anscombe, who is from New Zealand but has a Swansea-born mother, has been named in Wales’ Six Nations squad. (Photograph: INPHO/Simon King)

Gareth Anscombe, the 23-year old New Zealander with a Swansea-born mother, has been named in the Wales squad less than three months after leaving the (...)

Wales fly half Rhys Priestland will leave Scarlets to oin Bath at the end of the season (Photograph: INPHO/Simon King)

The Wales international outhalf Rhys Priestland is to join the Premiership club Bath from Scarlets, the Welsh region have confirmed.In a statement, th(...)

Ulster centre Darren Cave  breaks clear to score a try during the European Champions Cup match against Scarlets at parc y Scarlets. Photograph:    Dan Mullan/Getty Images

Scarlets 22 Ulster 13James Davies scored a late try as Scarlets beat Ulster 22-13 at Parc y Scarlets to keep their chances alive of reaching the knock(...)

George North takes part in a Wales training session at the Millennium stadium. Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images

George North will start his second match in the centre for Wales on Saturday when their World Cup group rivals Australia visit the Millennium Stadium (...)

Munster’s Simon Zebo is stopped in his tracks by John Barclay and Rory Pitman of the Scarlets. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Munster 17 Scarlets 6Munster have climbed to third in the overnight standings as they ground down the Scarlets at Thomond Park.Andrew Smith’s first ha(...)

Ulster’s Franco Van Der Merwe gets away from Scarlets’ Ken Owens. Photograph: Ian Cook/Inpho

Llanelli Scarlets 32 Ulster 32A last-minute try from Ireland wing Andrew Trimble saw Ulster snatch a draw against Scarlets in a dramatic and hugely e(...)

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