Simon Zebo is congratulated by three other Ireland try scorers, Jamie Heaslip, Felix Jones and Keith Earls after his score against Wales at the Millennium Stadium. Photograph: PA

Wales 21 Ireland 35 The final scoreline, if anything, flattered Wales. Ireland were way more cohesive than a Welsh team cobbled together from World Cu(...)

Ireland captain Jamie Heaslip in relaxed mood with head coach Joe Schmidt during the captain’s run at the Millennium Stadium. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images

As Jamie Heaslip noted, time was when players re-introduced themselves to the game with a modest pre-season friendly for their provinces, maybe a leag(...)

Wales coaches Robert Howley and head coach Warren Gatland - Wales have announced their XV for the game against Ireland. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images

Wales head coach Warren Gatland says he is looking for the perfect blend of experience and youth ahead of the upcoming World Cup, and he’s blooding(...)

Warren Gatland has named nine uncapped players in his 47-man training squad for the Rugby World Cup. Photograph: Getty

The Wales head coach Warren Gatland has turned to the Premiership as he starts preparing in earnest for the World Cup. His training squad of 47 for th(...)

Gloucester captain  Billy Twelvetrees dives to scre a try  against Edinburgh during their European  Challenge Cup final at Twickenham Stoop. Photograph: Getty Images

Edinburgh 13 Gloucester 19 Gloucester survived Bill Meakes’ red card to see off Edinburgh and claim Challenge Cup glory at the Twickenham Stoop, r(...)

Mils Muliaina’s Connacht salary could have covered the cost of an astonishing 60 academy players. Photograph: Craig Thomas/Inpho

This needs to be the night Mils Muliaina rolls back the years. It could easily be the night his buckled wheels roll into the category of yet another (...)

Robbie Hanshaw starts for Connacht against Gloucester in their Challenge Cup quarter-final. Photograph: Inpho

Mils Muliaina has been named in Connacht’s starting line up for their Challenge Cup quarter-final away to Gloucester just a day after it was announced(...)

Keeping a player like Jamie Heaslip in Ireland has an impact both on the present and the future. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

“We know more than we can tell,” wrote scientist-philosopher Michael Polanyi in The Tacit Dimension, published in 1966. The concept of unconscious kno(...)

Ireland would receive a replica of the Six Nations trophy if they win the championship at Murrayfield on Saturday. Photograph: Afp

Wales will not be presented with a trophy if they win the Six Nations on Saturday. Instead, they will have to wait until the following day when they r(...)

Wales’ frontrow crisis means Aaron Jarvis will start their final Six Nations fixture against Italy. Photograph: Getty Images

Wales go to Rome on Saturday in search of a third Six Nations title in three years with their third-choice loose-head prop in the front row against op(...)

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