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

Nature Studies by Michael McCarthy: Man is a destroyer but can fix things, too

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France looms for Phillips as disgruntled Ospreys lose patience

Whatever Mike Phillips, the scrum-half who played all three Tests for the British and Irish Lions against South Africa in 2009, may have said recently about his sweetness-and-light relationship with the Swansea-based Ospreys, there is a problem somewhere. So serious a problem, indeed, that Scott Johnson, the director of coaching at the Liberty Stadium, says Phillips will be on his way just as soon as he finds himself another club.

Mike Phillips set to leave Ospreys

Wales scrum-half Mike Phillips will be allowed to leave the Ospreys at the end of this season.

Alun Wyn Jones signs new deal with Ospreys

Ospreys captain Alun Wyn Jones has rejected offers from France and signed a new three-year deal with the Welsh region.

Lady the Osprey: There's life in the old girl yet – a warm welcome to a regal eagle

It wasn't all defecting foreign ministers landing in Britain last week. Some incomers brought only hope and pleasure, like Lady, the 26-year-old osprey making her 21st consecutive return to breed in Scotland. Here, in an exclusive interview, she gives her reaction to arriving 'home'

Wales quiet on Edwards' absence

France 28 Wales 9

Wales forced to make Six Nations changes

Wales coach Warren Gatland has made two enforced changes for Saturday's RBS 6 Nations finale against France in Paris.

James Hook switched to fly-half for Wales

James Hook will make his second start at fly-half in this season's RBS 6 Nations Championship when Wales face Ireland on Saturday.

Wales survive brutal Azzurri despite self-inflicted wounds

Italy 16 Wales 24

Wales switch James Hook to centre

James Hook will start in his third different position of this year's RBS 6 Nations Championship when Wales face Italy on Saturday.

Ashton adds the cutting edge for emerging England’s heavy mob

Wales 19 England 26: Northampton winger scores pair of tries to ensure Martin Johnson’s side survive late Welsh fightback as this year’s Six Nations begins with a thrilling encounter in Cardiff

Hook to start at full-back for Wales

James Hook will start at full-back for Wales in Friday night's RBS 6 Nations opener against England at the Millennium Stadium.

Stoddart in for Halfpenny with Hook at No 15 for Wales

England will not have to face the injured Leigh Halfpenny when they run out to face Wales on Friday; and it seems as if Ryan Jones and Lee Byrne will not be in the starting XV either. Warren Gatland is ready to consign both of the Lions to the bench when he names his side today.

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