Wales’ Justin Tipuric in action against    Ben Toolis of Scotland during their 21-10 victory  last weekend in Cardiff. Photograph:  Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images

Justin Tipuric can see no let-up in what he describes as the “crazy” competition for backrow places in the Wales team. Wales’ revered backrow streng(...)

  Leicester’s Jonah Holmes in action against Ulster in the Champions Cup last weekend. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Wales boss Warren Gatland has handed surprise call-ups to uncapped wings Jonah Holmes and Luke Morgan for this season’s autumn Tests. The 26-year-old(...)

Munster’s Andrew Conway on his way to scoring a try despite the  tackle from Dorian Jones of Dragons during the Guinness Pro 12 game at Musgrave Park. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Munster 45 Dragons 17 These are heady times for Munster. The Six Nations may be in full swing but a capacity crowd of 8,008 turned out on a freezing (...)

Ireland scrumhalf Charlie Rock scored a late try but it was too little too late for Ireland  at the Zaffanella Stadium. Photograph: Inpho

Wales 22 Ireland 12 This is what Ireland feared might happen against New Zealand but few expected them to be 19-0 down after just 15 minutes of(...)

Ireland U-20s centre Garry Ringrose skips past Will Owen of England during the recent clash at Donnybrook. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

There will be a cathartic element for Ireland in returning to the test arena in Colwyn Bay following the frustration and disappointment of losing t(...)