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

Warren Gatland: Wales coach will take his squad back to Poland for cryotherapy sessions

Howley says Wales will benefit from big chill in Poland

The Wales assistant coach Rob Howley believes that the latest crop of youngsters to be included in the national squad can be the spark that lights a fire under the country's Six Nations challenge.

Toby Booth: The London Irish director of rugby wants a swift resolution to the Shingler row

Booth hopes to clear Shingler for Scotland

London Irish 15 Cardiff Blues 22

Johnson is a former Australia assistant coach and United States head coach

Scott Johnson to leave Ospreys

Ospreys coaching director Scott Johnson is to quit his post at the end of this season.

MARK CUETO: The wing’s late try sealed the points for Sale and left Newcastle rooted to the bottom of the Premiership

Cueto kills Falcons' fightback

Sale 27 Newcastle 19

Gough handed three-week ban

Wales international Ian Gough has received a three-week ban after he was cited for a dangerous tackle during the Ospreys' Heineken Cup home defeat against Saracens six days ago.

Gavin Henson will play at full-back on his debut for the Cardiff Blues against Newport-Gwent Dragons tomorrow

It's 'now or never' as Henson takes final shot at glory

Gavin Henson has had so many last chances he could have bought himself the saloon.

Burger king as Saracens stand firm in fierce battle

Ospreys 13 Saracens 16

Saracens’ Owen Farrell kicks a conversion against the Ospreys at Wembley

England must hope to benefit from a little of Saracens' style

Saracens 31 Ospreys 26

Chris Wyles takes on the Ospreys

Farrell yellow card helps Ospreys to see defeat as a bonus

Saracens 31 Ospreys 26: Young England hopeful wobbles and Welsh side leave London well placed

West Ham's full-back Joey O'Brien is sent off at the Madejski

Round-up: Treviso muddy waters in Heineken pool of death

Benetton Treviso made Pool Five of the Heineken Cup, the competition's obligatory pool of death, a little deadlier still – if that is possible – by beating Biarritz 30-26 in the Veneto yesterday.

Peter Stringer joins Saracens on loan

Aviva Premiership champions Saracens have confirmed the signing of Ireland international Peter Stringer on a three-month loan deal.

Wales suffer more pain against Tri Nations opposition

Wales 18 Australia 24

Sam Warburton returns to captain Wales

Warren Gatland rings Wales changes for Australia clash

Wales coach Warren Gatland has made six changes to his team for Saturday's World Cup bronze medal re-match against Australia in Cardiff.

Heineken Cup round-up: Munster march on with another O'Gara drop-goal

Ronan O'Gara's second last-second winning drop-goal in successive matches gave Munster a priceless Heineken Cup away victory against Castres yesterday. The Ireland fly-half, whose kick beat Northampton at Thomond Park in the first round of matches, gave Munster a 27-24 win that put them second in Pool One behind the Scarlets, whom they will face in their next two matches.

Ospreys launch Twitter investigation

Welsh region the Ospreys have launched a "full and thorough investigation" into potential homophobic comments allegedly made by one of their employees on Twitter.

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