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Australia’s head coach Michael Cheika during a training session in Urayasu. Photograph: Getty Images

Michael Cheika launched a stinging attack on World Rugby following the three-match ban received by the Australia wing Reece Hodge for a tackle his hea(...)

Rhys Patchell will make his first start for Wales in 15 months in Saturday’s World Cup warm-up match against Ireland. Photograph:    Harry Trump/Getty Images

Warren Gatland says it is important that Wales are “rugby-ready” as they move towards their World Cup opener against Georgia. Wales complete a busy t(...)

Ireland centre Bundee Aki makes a break during the International match between Wales and Ireland at Principality Stadium  in Cardiff on Saturday. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images

Wales 17 Ireland 22 This was far from perfect, but Ireland at least produced a reaction and generated a feel-better factor, if not entirely feel-good(...)

Jacob Stockdale celebrates his first try against Wales. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Wales 17 Ireland 22 That was a little more like it. Ireland restored a degree of confidence and momentum from what was a much more hard-earned win t(...)

Peter O’Mahony talks during the Ireland Captain’s Run at  Carton House on Friday. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Wales v Ireland, Principality Stadium. Cardiff, Saturday, 2.30pm – Live on Channel 4. As mere footnotes in history go, this has a fair amount riding (...)

Will Addison is in line to play fullback in the World Cup warm-up against Wales in cardiff on Sunday. Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Opportunity knocks for one last time before Ireland’s 31-man squad is finalised for the World Cup when Joe Schmidt announces his side to face Wales in(...)

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 (...)

 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 (...)

Wales wing George North and Scotland’s Byron McGuigan chase the ball during the Six Nations match at Murrayfield Stadium in Edinburgh. Photograph: Andy Buchanan/AFP/Getty Images

Scotland 11 Wales 18 The Grand Slam dream lives on. Warren Gatland’s Wales stuttered to a 13th successive victory, their fourth in this season’s Six (...)

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(...)

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