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 Wales captain Dan Biggar is paying no heed to the bookmakers’ prices  as they prepare for Saturday’s Six Nations  opener against Ireland in Dublin. Photograph: Donall Farmer/PA Wire

Reigning champions Wales aim to blast out of the Six Nations starting blocks on Saturday – helped by a video message from Usain Bolt. The eight-time (...)

Wales captain Alun Wyn Jones will require surgery on his shoulder after picking up an injury in the loss to New Zealand. Photograph: Facundo Arrizabalaga/EPA

Captain Alun Wyn Jones has been ruled out of Wales’ remaining autumn Tests due to a shoulder injury that will require surgery. Jones was hurt midway (...)

Munster’s Jack O’Donoghue makes a break during the United Rugby Championship match at  Parc y Scarlets in  Llanelli. Photograph: Ryan Hiscott/Inpho

Scarlets 13 Munster 43 Munster maintained their unbeaten start to the United Rugby Championship season with a bonus-point victory over a woeful Scarl(...)

Robbie Henshaw is tackled by Damian de Allende and Marco van Staden of South Africa during the third Test in Cape Town. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

15 Liam Williams One brilliant high-ball take but the fact that he failed to convert a basic two-on-one and give Josh Adams a try-scoring pass will b(...)

South Africa captain Siya Kolisi lifts the Castle Lager Lions Series trophy after the win over the Lions in Cape Town. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

South Africa 19 British & Irish Lions 16 (South Africa win the series 2-1) The Lions had clearly made a vow that they wouldn’t die wondering, yet(...)

New Zealand captain Kieran Read holds the trophy aloft alongside Lions captain Sam Warburton after the third Test ended a tie in Auckland in 2017. Photograph: Andrew Cornaga/Inpho/Photosport

Only five times in the modern era have Test series involving the British & Irish Lions gone down to a third and final decider. Even when four-Test(...)

Ken Owens starts at hooker in Saturday’s deciding Test match against the Springboks. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty

Ken Owens has been there and bought the t-shirt. Since making his international debut almost a decade ago, he has played 86 Tests, taken part in three(...)

British & Irish Lions’ Maro Itoje is tackled by Mostert of South Africa at Cape Town Stadium. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

South Africa 17 British & Irish Lions 22 Take a bow, Warren Gatland. In classic New Zealand mentality, the Lions head coach decreed that his team(...)

The British and Irish Lions prepare for Saturday’s first Test match against South Africa. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

The British and Irish Lions team to face South Africa in Cape Town Stadium on Saturday (kick-off 5pm) has fallen along the lines that were were widely(...)

Jack Conan being selected ahead of Taulupe Faletau, a veteran of the last two tours, would raise eye brows although the Irishman’s form has been better on tour. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The British and Irish Lions have emulated their Springboks’ counterparts by bringing forward their team announcement by 24 hours to Wednesday morning,(...)

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