Sam Warburton finally knows who will be employing him next season and how much he can expect to earn after signing a central contract with the Welsh Rugby Union – the kind of contract rejected by two of his fellow Red Dragon titans, the full-back Leigh Halfpenny and the lock Alun Wyn Jones, in favour of alternative deals with Toulon and Ospreys respectively. What Warburton does not know is how many top-level club games he will play if the sport’s alleged “leaders” fail to break the impasse over the future of the Heineken Cup.
Ahead of England’s crucial first game against France, their feisty hooker admits that front-row tactics have had to change
Madigan and his Leinster half-back partner Isaac Boss scored a try apiece to give Ireland second XV victory
Wenger handed a senior debut to 16-year-old midfield prospect Zelalem
Local police said serving officer Joshua Boren appeared to have turned his gun on his wife, mother-in-law and two young children
The waiting is the hardest part. Thirty-five players, led by the reappointed national captain Chris Robshaw, will arrive in the England camp between Sunday evening and Monday morning as attention switches from the Heineken Cup – or rather, what is left of the Heineken Cup – to the Six Nations, which begins in a fortnight's time. How many will be in a condition to train before the middle of next week at the earliest? Not as many as the head coach, Stuart Lancaster, would like, almost certainly.
A soldier left traumatised after being severely wounded during a surprise attack in Afghanistan and witnessing the deaths of five of his colleagues was jailed for six years yesterday for killing his 20-month old daughter.
Tigers face a final showdown with Ulster in Saturday with both teams vying for a home quarter-final having already qualified for the last eight
Saints' chances of progress remain slim despite victory
The caretaker manager has overseen a rise out of the Championship relegation zone since Dave Jones was sacked in December
French league leaders’ home record now stands at 70 straight wins
George Ford will be the talk of the town if, as widely assumed, he replaces the France-bound Toby Flood in a revamped England squad this afternoon, but the 20-year-old Bath outside-half's promotion has not been at the top of the red-rose hierarchy's agenda in recent days. Stuart Lancaster and his lieutenants are far more concerned with issues up front, where injuries to important players are making life very complicated indeed.
Northampton stall visitors’ title challenge as Myler states his case for place in England squad
Scotland lock Alastair Kellock will miss the Six Nations after undergoing surgery on an arm injury.
Young Britons, drinking in packs, often end up 'gloriously incoherent', according to The New York Times
A round-up of Saturday's Aviva Premiership action