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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(...)

At the Heineken Champions Cup launch in Dublin;  Jarrad Butler (Connacht), Jordi Murphy (Ulster), Callum Gibbins (Glasgow Warriors), Ken Owens (Scarlets), Luke Hamilton (Edinburgh), Peter O’Mahony (Munster), Jonathan Sexton (Leinster) and Ellis Jenkins (Cardiff Blues). Photograph: Inpho/Billy Stickland

Pool One      Leinster Coach: Leo Cullen. Last season: Champions. How they qualified: EC champions and Pro14 champion(...)

Leinster’s Sean O’Brien in action against Treviso Benetton’s  Simone Ferrari. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Sean O’Brien has never been a player to see ill everywhere in rugby. He’s no woe -is-me merchant – more the pragmatist about his body and what playin(...)

Sam Warburton has announced his retirement from playing rugby union. Photograph: Getty Images

Sam Warburton, the British and Irish Lions captain for the last two tours, has confirmed his immediate retirement from all forms of rugby. The shock (...)

Australia’s Israel Folau   is tackled by Conor Murray and Johnny Sexton in his side’s 18-9 Test victory on Sunday. Photograph:   Mark Kolbe/Getty Images

Ireland could have won in Brisbane, should have is a leap in the air with Israel Folau. That was the difference, the Wallabies’s best players; Folau o(...)

Wayne Pivac: “We have got a pretty good environment here now and a pretty good culture. The players enjoy coming to work and enjoy each other’s company.”  Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Amongst a media huddle with Jonathan Davies after the first Lions Test against New Zealand in Eden Park, the Welsh centre was asked if he’d ever been (...)

Wales’ Dan Biggar during the kicker session at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin ahead of their Six Nations meeting with Ireland. Photo: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

15 Leigh Halfpenny Age: 29 Height: 5’10 Weight: 87kg (13st 9lbs) Caps: 75 Points: 671 Missed the England match with a foot infection and given his t(...)

Gareth Anscombe: was denied a perfectly legitimate try against England when it was ruled out by the New Zealand TMO Glenn Newman. Photograph: Glyn Kirk/AFP/Getty

Uneasily lay the mantle of favouritism in Paris, and so could be the case again this coming Saturday when Wales pitch up in the Aviva Stadium. Little(...)

Warren Gatland: Kiwi has come a long way in the game since he launched his coaching career as a player-coach with Galwegians in 1989.  Photograph: Getty.

Warren Gatland left Galwegians, Connacht and Ireland all in infinitely better condition than when he inherited them during a near decade of coaching i(...)

Two minds and a few dozen bodies will collide at Twickenham on Saturday when Warren Gatland aims to inflict a first home defeat on Eddie Jones. A fixt(...)

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