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

Wales name four-uncapped players for training squad ahead of Australia tour

Wales caretaker coach Rob Howley has named four uncapped players in a 38-man training squad to prepare for next month's clash against the Barbarians and three-Test Australia tour.

Round-up: Play-offs finalised as Chris Paterson exits

Saturday saw play-off places at stake in the Aviva Premiership and the RaboDirect Pro12, although perhaps the most eye-catching game was the dead rubber at the Madejski Stadium. London Irish's David Paice and Jim Hamilton of Gloucester were sent off for fighting, their second scuffle prompting a mass brawl and lots of bad feeling, and Irish won 52-18. Not that it mattered much.

Dean Richards once teased Dave Strettle about his physique, calling him the 'pirate's dream - a sunken chest'

Strettle finds humour lifts the burden of expectation

Sarries face a talented Clermont today but Farrell knows how to foster team spirit

Sarries must prepare to take leaf out of Hill's book

European preview: Londoners can follow example of former flanker against stellar French opponents

<b>2 April 2012</b><br/>
Gavin Henson is fired by Cardiff Blues for drunkenly throwing ice cubes at passengers on a 7am flight. Henson had issued an apology on Sunday branding his behaviour “inexcusable” and saying he would “co-operate 100 per cent” with the club’s wishes, but it did not save his position.

Henson career in ruins after sacking

Centre may have reached the end of the road after paying price for drunken misdeeds

Gavin Henson was sacked by Cardiff Blues yesterday after his antics on a flight back from Glasgow

Henson's career looks over after Blues sacking

Centre pays price for drunken misdeeds to leave his future in top-level rugby in doubt

Wales coach Warren Gatland’s team are up to fifth in the world

Wales climb past England but player exodus continues

You win some, you lose some. Wales, realistic Grand Slam candidates following last weekend's narrow squeak over England at Twickenham, had the second part of a glorious double whammy confirmed yesterday when the International Rugby Board published its new world rankings. Warren Gatland's side are up to fifth at the expense of England, who drop to sixth. It is not beyond the realms of possibility that Wales will be a top-four nation by the start of next season.

Huw Bennett will move to France

Ospreys hooker Huw Bennett set to join Lyon next season

Wales hooker Huw Bennett has confirmed he will play club rugby in France next season.

Bold Hall puts Leeds on top of the world

Leeds Rhinos 26 Manly Sea Eagles 12

Geoff Toovey in action for Manly Sea Eagles in his playing days

Geoff Toovey: Little gem with huge incentive to become king of the world

A pocket rocket of a player, he is now eyeing glory as a coach. He talks to Dave Hadfield

Alex Cuthbert, of Wales, breaks through the Scottish defence to score a try yesterday

Cuthbert fires up Dragon dreams of Triple Crown

Wales 27 Scotland 13: Bullocking young wing steps up to the plate with North injured as lethal Halfpenny sets Wales on road to glory at Twickenham

No new deal for Steadman

Graham Steadman's contract as Scotland defence coach will not be renewed at the end of the season. The Scottish Rugby Union is refusing to comment, but it is understood that the 50-year-old will not remain in the post after his deal expires.

Ireland v Wales player ratings

Man-for-man marking from the Six Nations match at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin.

Wales pile fresh misery on Ireland

Wales piled fresh misery on Ireland just four months after knocking them out of the World Cup by claiming a dramatic and controversial RBS 6 Nations victory.

Takudzwa Ngwenya dominated

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