Wales boss Warren Gatland has dismissed any notion of him taking a double risk with Jamie Roberts and Rhys Priestland for Sunday's RBS 6 Nations opener against Ireland.
Coming right at the end of both the match and an astonishing international career, it was the almost eerily appropriate departure of arguably the most relentessly mischievous gnome in the history of his or any other sport.
As rugby gets bigger and stronger and heavier, perhaps there was a hint of lament
Win a bottle of champagne
Wales wing Shane Williams says he plans to retire from international rugby after his country's next match against Australia in December.
Airlines and unions seek ban on 'weapons' that could blind air crew and cause mass fatalities
From the Front Row: No rest for the World Cup players as club duty calls but they wouldn't have it any other way
At the Twickenham Stoop yesterday, the full-back Mike Brown scored a second-half try that kept Harlequins unbeaten at the top of the Aviva Premiership, after Exeter had given them a rather nasty shock by coming from 9-0 down at half-time to lead. Quins won the match 19-13.
There are serious concerns over the prospects for fair elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) after a confidential report suggested that the register of voters has been manipulated to favour the incumbent, Joseph Kabila.
A Welsh coastal path, whose completion has been thrown into doubt by the objection of Gypsies on the route, has been chosen as the world's greatest region in a best-in-travel 2012 guide.
Leicester have suffered while their players have been on World Cup duty. Their captain tells Simon Turnbull they can still recover
No England tour worth its salt is complete without Kevin Pietersen playing a prominent part, usually as the pantomime villain. In this ill-starred venture to India, where the tourists lost the one-day international series 5-0, he has left it late.
First Tevez, now Toure - City open up second front
Britain is planning to mark its return to Olympic football after a 40-year absence with a gala double-header featuring both the women's and men's teams playing international friendlies at the same venue on the same day next July.
Britain's highest-profile gay sportsman will also be remembered as a great player under both codes
Richard Cockerill, who famously went head to head with war dance, amazed by IRB 'madness'