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 Luke Cowan Dickie celebrates scoring England’s  third try during the Rugby World Cup warm-up game against Wales  at  Twickenham. Photograph: David Klein/Reuters

England 33 Wales 19 This was supposed to be Wales’ big moment, a chance to knock New Zealand off their decade-long perch at the top of the World Rugb(...)

Alun Wyn Jones will captain Wales in their first Rugby World Cup warm-up match against England on Sunday. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Alun Wyn Jones will become Wales’ most-capped player when he leads a powerful team into Sunday’s World Cup warm-up clash against England. It will be (...)

The Rugby World Cup will be Warren Gatland’s Wales swansong. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Wales Who are they? A year out from the Rugby World Cup, Ireland looked the side best placed to mount a challenge to the All Blacks in Japan - the n(...)

Saracens: bounced back from the defeat to Leinster last year to claim a fourth Premiership crown since 2011. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Champions Cup semi-finals: Saracens v Munster Kick off: 3pm, Saturday. Venue: Ricoh Arena. How to follow: The Irish Times li(...)

In the UK 6.6 million people watched Wales beat England in the Six Nations. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Late last week, back when Ireland still thought it might be a bright idea to irritate the Welsh by insisting they keep the roof open for that weekend’(...)

Wales Dan Biggar and Ireland’s Jacob Stockdale in action during the Six Nations clash in Cardiff. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Wales 25 Ireland 7 To Wales and Warren Gatland go the Grand Slam and the garlands, and deservedly so. Led magnificently by the colossal and remarkabl(...)

Wales coach Warren Gatland following their Grand Slam victory at the Principality Stadium. Photograph: David Davies/PA

The Principality Stadium roof; much ado about nothing until Ireland, being walloped 25-zip, were desperately in need of dry ball. “I think Ireland ma(...)

James Ryan cuts a dejected figure following the defeat to Wales in Cardiff. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The ignominy of this Six Nations campaign will bruise, swell and cut Ireland deeply in the days, weeks and months ahead. Watching James Ryan through (...)

Rory Best: ”We always strive to get better. We haven’t done that.”

Long before the finish of this 25-7 defeat the Welsh fans were laughing in unison. Laughing at Joe Schmidt’s decision to let the heavens into the(...)

 Johnny Sexton during the 25-7 defeat at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff. Photo:  Dan Mullan/Getty Images

Wales 25 Ireland 7 Wales kept their best for last and, in truth, Ireland reserved their worst. Securing a Grand Slam, and almost pulling up, against (...)

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