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Ireland prop Tom Court was visiting his parents in Brisbane in 2013 when he was called up as a replacement for the Lions Tour in Australia. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

There will be an expectation in Wales that representation in the Lions squad to tour South Africa this summer will reflect the 2021 Six Nations Champi(...)

 Wales star George North is out of contention for the British and Irish Lions’ South Africa tour after confirming he has suffered a serious knee injury. File photograph: PA

Wales star George North is out of contention for the British and Irish Lions tour of South Africa after confirming he has suffered a serious knee inju(...)

Wales’ George North eqaulled Shane Williams’ Wales record of 22 Six Nations touchdowns. Photograph: Getty Images

Italy 7 Wales 48 Wales moved one win away from landing the Six Nations title and a Grand Slam after crushing Italy 48-7 in Rome. The unbeaten tourna(...)

England celebrate their success in last autumn’s  Nations Cup at  Twickenham Stadium, London. They are favourites, at around even money, to retain their Six Nations trophy. Photograph: Dan Mullan/Inpho

Ireland finished third in the last two editions of the Six Nations, the same again in the Autumn Nations Cup and, accordingly, are third favourites go(...)

Tommy Bowe: has become a familiar figure on our television screens having embraced a media career   following his rugby career. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Tommy Bowe is on the road. Work, a weary daily beat of Belfast, Dublin, Dublin, Belfast. “Tired but I’m good. It’s all go,” he says, unbroken by the (...)

Wales’ scrumhalf  Mike Phillips celebrates as a dejected Paul O’Connell, Mike Ross and Cian Healy of Ireland look on at the final whistle of the 2011 Rugby World Cup quarter-final. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Eventually you make a pact with yourself. Enough of these dazed walks up Jones’ Road as the light declines. Sam Maguire winters in Kerry or Ulster. I(...)

Connacht’s Gavin Thornbury tackles Peter Dooley of Leinster. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Peter Dooley chuckled on revealing that former Lions and Wales wing Shane Williams chose him as man of the match in Leinster’s victory over the Osprey(...)

Wales coach Wayne Pivac saw his tenure get off to a winning start against Italy. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

It looked so easy. The RDS in 2017. Aviva Stadium a week later. Leinster and Munster ripped to shreds as the Scarlets streaked to an unforeseen Pro 1(...)

Tommy Bowe:  will  host the Rugby World Cup coverage on eir Sport where he’ll have a trio of ex-team-mates for company – Gordon D’Arcy, Peter Stringer and Jerry Flannery. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

This is very definitely a World Cup for people who get up early in the morning. And with 48 matches over 44 days, the schedule will be a gruelling en(...)

 Danny Cipriani during an  England training session held at the Lensbury Club on  in London on July 9th. Photograph:  David Rogers/Getty Images

Danny Cipriani seems destined to end his career without having played in a World Cup after he was left out of the 38-member England squad that flew to(...)

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