World Cup skipper Colin Charvis, currentlyplaying for second division French club Tarbes, retains the captaincy in theWales' Six Nations squad named by coach Steve Hansen on Monday. Wales, hoping to build on encouraging displays in the World Cupagainst New Zealand and England, kick off their Six Nations campaign at home toScotland on February 14. Only two of the squad - Charvis and Leeds back-row forward AlixPopham - are not involved in Wales' new regional set-up. It is Hansen's last season in charge before returning home to NewZealand, where he is expected to become All Blacks supremo Graham Henry'sassistant coach. European quarter-finalists Llanelli provide seven squad members,as do Cardiff Blues, while there are eight Celtic Warriors representativesand five from Neath-Swansea Ospreys. Hal Luscombe and Michael Owen fly theGwent Dragons' flag. Rhys Williams, Garan Evans and Gareth Thomas would appear to bethe full-back options, with Kevin Morgan currently sidelined through anankle injury. "We are happy with the form of all the players, and the morecompetition we
have the better it is," Hansen said. "The process has been made more difficult than normal due tothe number of players who have been in good form throughout the regions. "But rather than seeing this as a negative, we look at thatas a positive." Wales' squad: Backs Garan Evans (Llanelli Scarlets), Rhys Williams (Cardiff Blues),Shane Williams (Neath-Swansea Ospreys), Craig Morgan (Cardiff Blues),Gareth Thomas (Celtic Warriors), Hal Luscombe (Gwent Dragons), Jamie Robinson(Blues), Mark Taylor (Scarlets), Tom Shanklin (Blues), Sonny Parker (Warriors),Iestyn Harris (Blues), Ceri Sweeney (Warriors), Stephen Jones (Scarlets),Dwayne Peel (Scarlets), Gareth Cooper (Warriors) Forwards Iestyn Thomas (Scarlets), Duncan Jones (Ospreys), Adam Jones(Ospreys), G Jenkins (Warriors), Robin McBryde (Scarlets), Gareth Williams(Blues), Mefin Davies (Warriors), Robert Sidoli (Warriors), Brent Cockbain(Warriors), Gareth Llewellyn (Ospreys), Michael Owen (Dragons), Colin Charvis (Tarbes,FRA, capt), Dafydd Jones (Scarlets), Jonathan Thomas (Ospreys), MartynWilliams (Blues), Alix Popham (Leeds)
The Ireland Women's team played their first ever November Test match at the Twickenham Stoop last Saturday. We take a look back at the journey as Ireland capped nine new players in a rain-swept London.
Ireland Women's head coach Tom Tierney said that despite an 8-3 loss to England in their autumn international, the team put in an 'outstanding' effort and to get nine new caps on the pitch is 'a massive boost'.
Head coach Tom Tierney spoke to Irish Rugby TV about the Ireland Women's historic November international clash with England on Saturday. Ireland have eleven new caps in the squad as they build towards the Six Nations.
Ireland Women's second row Sophie Spence talks to Irish Rugby TV about being nominated for the World Rugby Women's Player of the Year honour. The winner will be announced at the World Rugby Awards at Battersea Evolution in London on Sunday.
There are three enforced changes to the Ireland team to play Argentina, with Iain Henderson, Jordi Murphy and Chris Henry all coming in up front. Watch as head coach Joe Schmidt announces the side for the quarter-final and flanker Henry talks about his inclusion.
Previewing Ireland's quarter-final clash with Argentina, hooker Rory Best said: "We've trained well and prepared well. It's a massive game. For us, it's going to need another step up from where we were last week against France. I think that's exciting. As a player, you want to be pushed to the end of your ability and there's no doubt Argentina will do that."
Ireland Women's head coach Tom Tierney, scrum coach Derek Dowling and captain Niamh Briggs talk about their open training session at Kingspan Stadium and preparations for next month's clash with England and the 2016 Women's Six Nations.
'It's a quiet presence that takes up a lot of space' - Joe Schmidt spoke today about the impact of losing Paul O'Connell and his inspirational role in the Ireland squad. The head coach also commented on the incredible contribution of Jared Payne and Peter O'Mahony.
Robbie Henshaw, who starred in the centre against France, talks about Paul O'Connell's influence on him, calling the Limerick man a 'true inspirational leader' and 'a massive loss' to the Ireland squad following his tournament-ending hamstring injury.
Ireland team manager Michael Kearney issues an update on the injuries suffered by Peter O'Mahony, Paul O'Connell and Jonathan Sexton, while full-back Rob Kearney reflects on the 24-9 pool win over France.