Wales’ centre Scott Williams  during  training  in Cardiff. “I am fortunate enough to have played in this competition a few times, and know how important the first game is in giving you something to build on.”  Photograph: Getty Images

Wales were finalising their Six Nations side on Monday night to face England at Twickenham on Saturday. What would ordinarily have been a short conver(...)

 Ben Youngs  recieves   treatment  in Rome. Photograph:  Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

England have called up Richard Wigglesworth to replace the injured Ben Youngs ahead of the Six Nations match against Wales on Saturday. Youngs sustai(...)

Alivereti Raka of Clermont Auvergne scores the opening try during their Champions Cup win over Saracens. Photo: David Rogers/Getty Images

Saracens 14 Clermont Auvergne 46 Perhaps Saracens will wish the doors stayed closed after all. The European champions have swept all before them on t(...)

Sam Simmonds’ last minute try sent Exeter to the English Premiership final. Photograph: Steve Bardens/Getty

Exeter 18 Saracens 16 Exeter ended Saracens’ hopes of a second successive European and domestic double in dramatic fashion at Sandy Park. Replacemen(...)

Leicester have announced scrum-half Ben Youngs has withdrawn from the British and Irish Lions squad for family reasons. Photo: David Davies/PA Wire

Leicester and England scrum-half Ben Youngs has pulled out of the British and Irish Lions squad for family reasons. The Tigers announced on their web(...)

Saracens’ Billy Vunipola breaks through during his side’s victory over Munster in the Champions Cup semi-final at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images)

Munster 10 Saracens 26 Here lies a Currie Cup battle thinly veiled as European rugby. South African fingerprints everywhere, the pressure cooker atmo(...)

 Chris Wyles goes over to score Saracens’ second try in the Champions Cup semi-final against Munster  at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Munster 10 Saracens 26 The final scoreline brooks no argument, Saracens deserving winners, because in the game-defining moments they managed to conve(...)

Munster’s Duncan Williams in action against Glasgow.The experienced scrum-half has proved a capable deputy to Conor Murray. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Director of rugby Rassie Erasmus exudes an implacable calm which, if replicated by his players, would suggest Munster are in a good place mentally ahe(...)

Conor Murray has not done contact work for four weeks. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

As is invariably the case in the European Champions Cup, the cream keeps rising. So it was that the four semi-finalists all took care of domestic mat(...)

 Stuart Hogg manages to prevent Chris Ashton from touching down during Saracens’ comfortable Champions Cup win over Glasgow. Photograph: Matthew Lewis/Getty

Saracens 38 Glasgow Warriors 15 Saracens will face Munster in the semi-finals of the Champions Cup after bringing Glasgow’s European adventure to a h(...)

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