Sport Gary Gold claimed he left Bath this week on good terms

Bath have sought to clarify the circumstances of Gary Gold’s departure as director of rugby by stating his removal followed a disagreement over his role.

Paul O'Connell in action against Italy

Captain Paul O'Connell urges Ireland to cut out errors

Ireland captain Paul O'Connell believes restricting the error count holds the key to dispatching France in Paris on Sunday.

Nike will no longer sponsor England

RFU announce new England kit deal

The Rugby Football Union today announced that Canterbury will replace Nike as England's kit manufacturer for the next four years.

Some of the comments on Stuart Lancaster’s progress to date have have been myopic

Stuart Lancaster could be permanent England manager before end of Six Nations

The Rugby Football Union will decide on whether Stuart Lancaster is the right man to lead England on a full-time basis before the end of his RBS 6 Nations audition.

Luke Narraway will move to the Top 14

Stuart Lancaster expects overseas selection policy to stay

England coach Stuart Lancaster confirmed there are no plans to change the policy of not selecting players from outside the Aviva Premiership despite seeing another contender leave for France.

Cardiff Blues hooker Rhys Thomas to join Wasps

Cardiff Blues hooker Rhys Thomas is to leave the region at the end of the season to join Wasps.

A view of the gates at Ibrox, the home of Rangers Football Club

Businessman Brian Kennedy reveals Rangers consortium talks

Businessman Brian Kennedy has confirmed he has held talks with Rangers' administrators about the future of the Clydesdale Bank Premier League side.

Wales coach Warren Gatland’s team are up to fifth in the world

Wales climb past England but player exodus continues

You win some, you lose some. Wales, realistic Grand Slam candidates following last weekend's narrow squeak over England at Twickenham, had the second part of a glorious double whammy confirmed yesterday when the International Rugby Board published its new world rankings. Warren Gatland's side are up to fifth at the expense of England, who drop to sixth. It is not beyond the realms of possibility that Wales will be a top-four nation by the start of next season.

RORY LAMONT: The Scotland full-back has a broken leg that will keep him out for nine months

Lamont operation heightens gloomy Scotland outlook

Rory Lamont, the Scotland full-back, went under the surgeon's knife in Edinburgh yesterday after suffering a fractured fibula during the weekend's bruising Six Nations defeat by France and is most unlikely to return to action this side of the autumn internationals in November. He was not the only one hurting. A dozen players required treatment from the in-house medical staff – including brother Sean, who ended the game with an eye injury – while Andy Robinson, the head coach, needed running repairs of a different kind after another debilitating blow to the spirit.

Warren Gatland has stamped his authority on the Welsh rugby team

Jamie Corrigan: Gatland brings the 70s flair back into fashion

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Jonathan Davies (left), Scott Williams, Mike Phillips, Alex Cuthbert and George North with the triple crown trophy

Gatland and Wales are fit to wear the triple crown

England 12 Wales 19

It took just two minutes of the second half for Leicester to secure the four-try bonus point, setting up the catch-and-drive from which Thomas Waldrom rumbled over

Aviva Premiership round-up: Cockerill salutes his Tigers after five tries flatten flightless Falcons

After his team's 42-15 win at home to Newcastle yesterday, Richard Cockerill, the Leicester director of rugby, said: “You have to take the result in context of the ambition of the opposition.”

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Owen Farrell is tackled by Wales' George North

England v Wales player ratings

Man-for-man marking from the Six Nations match at the Twickenham in London

Ireland v Italy player ratings

Man-for-man marking from the Six Nations match at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin

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Brian Ashton: The game will be won or lost on decision-making

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