Sport Sam Warburton is the first to sign a Welsh central contract

Warburton became the first to agree a deal with the Welsh Rugby Union that will keep him playing for the Cardiff Blues

David Flatman: Bloodthirsty fans support their nation then drink with the enemy. It's great

From the Front Row: Player's perspective on magical Six Nations

Williams dropped by Wales from Six Nations squad

Martyn Williams, the 98-cap veteran of the Wales pack whose intelligent back-row performances earned him three Lions tours and established him as one of the most effective flankers in international rugby as well as one of the most popular, was last night dropped from the Red Dragon squad for the Six Nations Championship. The 35-year-old Cardiff Blues forward, who learned last week that he would not be offered a new club contract at the end of the season, has lost out to the fast-emerging Scarlets breakaway Josh Turnbull.

Jones injury adds to Wales' woes

Ospreys prop Adam Jones has been confirmed as the latest major injury casualty ahead of Wales' RBS 6 Nations Championship campaign.

Irish's dreadful run ended by youthful energy of Corbisiero

London Irish 24 Ospreys 12

Magners League: Munster open up impressive lead at the top

Ulster coach Brian McLaughlin expressed his "pride" in his team after they were beaten 35-10 by Munster at Thomand Park on Saturday, with the hosts stretching their lead at the top of the table to nine points with this bonus-point victory.

Rees called to face disciplinary panel

Richie Rees helped Cardiff Blues hold off a late recovery by Ospreys to clinch a 27-25 Magners League victory yesterday, but the scrum-half's day was tarnished by being called to a disciplinary hearing in Dublin in the wake of his citing after the Blues' Heineken Cup defeat by Northampton last month.

Jones turns screw to put Munster in reverse

Ospreys 19 Munster 15

Biggar is better for Ospreys but Munster bag precious bonus

Ospreys 19 Munster 15

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Biggar's boot inspires Ospreys to victory

Magners League

All Blacks in top Gear to leave Wales behind

Wales 25 New Zealand 35

Wales can upset odds against the All Blacks, insists Byrne

The form book may insist otherwise but Lee Byrne believes Wales, for all their recent struggles, can inflict a rare defeat on New Zealand this evening and deny the All Blacks a seemingly inevitable Grand Slam.

Gatland wants direct approach to gaining revenge over Fiji

The last time Wales played Fiji an outrageous 38-34 upset cost Gareth Jenkins his job and led to Warren Gatland's return to the international stage. For obvious reasons, the latter is determined there will be no re-enactments at the Millennium Stadium this evening.

Wales suffer Williams blow for start of Six Nations

Warren Gatland all but confirmed yesterday that Wales are resigned to going into their opening Six Nations match against England without their record try-scorer Shane Williams.

North's fairy-tale debut lacks a happy ending

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