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Jackie Shiels return to midfield alongside Jenny Murphy which should improve the distribution out wide against Wales. Photograph: Inpho

Forget about winning a still-possible second Six Nations title in three seasons for a moment. This should be viewed as leg two of the Triple Crown. T(...)

Alun-Wyn Jones has been portrayed as “rugby’s angriest man”, a description bestowed by his former international and club team-mate Ryan Jones in a goo(...)

Wales lost seven of 18 lineouts in the first two matches, coughing up four against England and three to the Scots. They didn’t lose a single lineout against France the last day, winning all 10 throws.

Mark Twain’s assertion that ‘facts are stubborn things but statistics are pliable’, is a pretty good description of how the same set of numbers can(...)

Shane Williams dives past Ireland’s Keith Earls to score a Welsh try during the 2011 Rugby World Cup quarter-final in New Zealand. Photograph: Alex Livesey/Getty.

Shane Williams is talking about endangered species in rugby union. His own kind. The little men. Craig Gilroy gets a mention. All six foot (183cm) and(...)

Heaslip, typically, has made a remarkable and swifter than forecast recovery from the three cracked vertabrae he suffered courtesy of Pascal Papé’s knee.

Whisper it quietly, but there are shades of 2009 in the way Ireland have enjoyed such a relatively low injury profile and settled squad this season. (...)

Jackie Shiels has been named in the Ireland starting line-up against Wales.

Jackie Shiels returns to the Ireland midfield to face Wales at Swansea RFC on Sunday (kick-off 12pm) as Katie Fitzhenry has been ruled out with an ank(...)

Johnny Sexton, Ian Keatley and Ian Madigan have been excellent from the kicking tee, missing just one kick between them in this year’s Six Nations. Photograph: Alex Livesey/Getty Images

Ireland have been given a timely boost as they seek a record 11th successive win when they face Wales in the Millennium Stadium this Saturday with th(...)

Wales captain Sam Warburton is fit to lead out an unchanged Wales team named to play Ireland. Photograph: Michael Steele/Getty Images

Wales manager Warren Gutland has stuck with the same fifteen who overcame France for the challenge of the tournament’s only remaining unbeaten team th(...)

Rory Best: “The Welsh [team] will probably see it as a chance to right a few wrongs.” Photograph: Russell Pritchard/Presseye/Inpho.

Rory Best blinked, smiled, and leaned back in the chair before an involuntary chuckle escaped, one that could almost be construed as an expression of (...)

Gordon D’Arcy: 81 times capped Leinster centre has been left out of the Ireland squad to face Wales. Photograph: Craig Thomas/Inpho.

Ireland team manager Mick Kearney has presented an upbeat appraisal of injury concerns ahead of Saturday’s Six Nations match against Wales at the Mil(...)

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