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

British and Irish Lions head coach Warren Gatland prepares for this summers tour of Australia

Gatland claims Warburton's rapport with referees as key factor in captaincy decision

British and Irish Lions head coach claims Wales captain's relationship with officials can have a 'positive influence' on the tour

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Twickenham set to land plum World Cup matches

The millions captivated by this season's Six Nations decider between Wales and England will learn tomorrow where an even more significant encounter between the two great rivals – the World Cup pool match in the autumn of 2015 – is to be staged.

Salford won 'with extra man'

Salford have been charged with a breach of regulations after they fielded 14 players during their 34-30 win over Castleford in coach Brian Noble's first Super League match.

Jonny Wilkinson Toulon

British and Irish Lions 2013: Jonny Wilkinson 'phenomenally proud' to get call but puts focus on Toulon

Jonny Wilkinson says he was 'phenomenally proud' to be considered for the 2013 Lions tour Down Under but adds that his 'absolute priority' lies with his club Toulon.

Lions coach Warren Gatland
Wigan’s Liam Farrell is held up by Danny Addy and Nick Scruton

Farrell earns credit from Wigan's early command

Bradford 6 Wigan 36

Deal close to use Etihad for Rugby World Cup in 2015

Organisers of the home Rugby World Cup in 2015 believe they are close to reaching agreement with Manchester City to play at least one game at the Etihad Stadium.

A view from outside Old Trafford

Manchester United pull Old Trafford from running to be World Cup venue

Organisers turn to Manchester City to provide stadium for 2015 tournament

Wales scrum-half Lloyd Williams faces month out of action

Williams was hurt during Cardiff Blues' RaboDirect PRO12 defeat against the Ospreys

Declan Kidney

Declan Kidney is shown the door after Irish Six Nations flop

Declan Kidney finished down on his luck in the 2013 Six Nations: three defeats and a draw followed the solitary opening-day victory over Wales in Cardiff. Now, he is finished as Ireland coach. The 53-year-old former maths teacher from County Cork was shown the door by his governing body – a development widely predicted by Emerald Isle rugby experts after last month's excruciating loss to Italy in Rome, in which the Munsterman got his sums badly wrong.

Up North: George North scored two tries in Scarlets win over Dragons

George North thrives as regions make themselves heard

This was billed as 'Judgement Day' and in many ways that is exactly what it was for the ailing Welsh regional rugby. Sports promoters often suffer delusions of grandeur when advertising their wares but inadvertently they, for once, hit the nail on the head.

Dan Biggar

Wales fly-half Dan Biggar agrees new deal with Ospreys

The 23-year-old will remain at Liberty Stadium until 2016

Steve Walsh will not officiate at any Tests this summer

England's bête noir at Six Nations finale in Wales Steve Walsh dumped by IRB

Steve Walsh, the controversial Australian official who frustrated England to within an inch of their lives during the Six Nations finale in Wales 11 days ago, is the heaviest faller in the latest round of refereeing appointments sanctioned by the International Rugby Board.

Jamie Hagan: Prop has been called a ‘future Test player’ by London Irish’s Brian Smith

Promising Jamie Hagan to join the Exiles

London Irish, under a significant  degree of pressure in the transfer market, made a striking signing of their own yesterday by adding the Irish prop Jamie Hagan to their front-row roster for next season. Brian Smith, the Exiles’ rugby director, described Hagan as “a future Test player” and said he would add some much-needed steel to a pack too often exposed as brittle this season.

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