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 George North of Wales scores the first try during the Six Nations match between Wales and Ireland at the Principality Stadium, Cardiff in March  2017. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images

There is a bus story from 2005 that Mike Ruddock likes to tell and retell, as is his right forever more. “I remember talking to Reggie Corrigan about(...)

Joe Schmidt and Rory Best: have led Ireland to unprecedented heights and would love to register a win in Wales in their final Six Nations game. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ten years ago we entered this spaceship hovering over the River Taff on the last day of the Six Nations and caught the Welsh with some cold, calculate(...)

Ireland’s Garry Ringrose attempts to tackle George North of Wales during the defeat at the Principality Stadium in 2017. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

It’s a relatively minor glitch in the gilded Joe Schmidt era. It only amounts to two defeats. But in his six seasons as head coach, during which tim(...)

Scarlets forward Jake Ball takes Adam Beard’s place on the bench as the latter replaces the injured Cory Hill and will start for Wales against Scotland at Murray field. Photograph:  Paul Jenkins/Action Plus via Getty Images

Warren Gatland says it was “a fairly straightforward selection” after making one change to his starting line-up for Saturday’s Six Nations clash again(...)

Garry Ringrose could return to the Ireland midfield for Sunday’s Six Nations clash against France at the Aviva stadium. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

It’s the beginning of the end. The Six Nations returns on Saturday after another two-week hiatus, for the penultimate round of fixtures. It already s(...)

Tom Price of Scarlets beats Mike Haley of Munster to the ball during the Guinness Pro 14 game at  Parc y Scarlets. Photograph: Alex Davidson/Inpho

Scarlets 10 Munster 6 A defiant defensive performance earned Scarlets a well-deserved Guinness Pro14 victory over Munster in terrible conditions at P(...)

Rory Scannell will become the youngest player to reach 100 appearances for province. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

The Scarlets may languish in fifth place in Conference B but they are just five point behind Benetton Rugby in second place and coach Wayne Pivac will(...)

 England secondrow Maro Itoje has been ruled out of the Six Nations game against Wales in Cardiff on Saturday. Photograph: Warren Little/Getty Images

England have confirmed that Maro Itoje will miss Saturday’s Six Nations clash with Wales because of knee ligament damage. Itoje sustained the injury (...)

Leigh Halfpenny remains a doubt for Wales’ clash with England. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Wales fullback Leigh Halfpenny’s chances of facing England in the Six Nations remain slim after he was ruled out of Scarlets action this weekend. The(...)

Scott Williams has been released from the Wales squad because of a back injury. Photograph: Hannah McKay/Reuters

Wales centre Scott Williams has been released from their Six Nations squad and will return to Ospreys for treatment on a back injury. The Welsh Rugby(...)

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