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

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

Our calamitous capacity for damaging and destroying the natural world has become ever clearer in recent years, and is widely remarked on, not least in pages such as these; what is much less remarked upon is our capacity for mending it.

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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Michael Calvin: Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links
Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing