# Wales

Last week
12th March 2023 - 18th March 2023
# Allez les Bleus
Penaud double helps France beat Wales in Six Nations
A 41-28 win for the home side in Paris.
# Breakthrough
Welsh regions finally cleared to offer new contracts to players
Prolonged and bitter wrangling led frustrated Wales internationals to threaten a players’ strike during the Six Nations.
# Selections
Atonio makes instant return to French team, Wales make six changes
Fabien Galthie and Warren Gatland have named their respective sides for Saturday’s meeting in Paris.
# Sidelined
Wales full-back Liam Williams out of France clash with shoulder injury
Williams was hurt during Wales’ victory over Italy in Rome.
# Swansea
One dead and three hospitalised after suspected gas explosion in south Wales
South Wales Police said an investigation will now get under way to establish the cause of the incident.
This month
March 2023
# when in rome
Wales pick up first Six Nations win in wooden-spoon battle with wasteful Italy
Wales ran out 29-17 winners at the Stadio Olimpico.
# Search
Three people found dead in car crash after group went missing during night out in Cardiff
All five had last been seen in Cardiff in the early hours of Saturday.
Last month
February 2023
# Earthquake
Residents report houses shaking as small earthquake felt in South Wales
The epicentre of the earthquake was over 200 kilometres from Wexford and 30 kilometres from Wales’ capital Cardiff.
# starting XV
Wales drop Biggar and North, Watson back in England's starting line-up
Alun Wyn Jones, Justin Tipuric and Taulupe Faletau return alongside Louis Rees-Zammit and Leigh Halfpenny.
# Unhappy
Wales' Six Nations clash with England in doubt as players consider strike action
There is a huge sense of uncertainty for Welsh players and their families amid a contract freeze.
# Defence
Try-saving tackles and rib-ticklers with Ireland centre Garry Ringrose
The 28-year-old had some big moments in defence against Wales last weekend.
# Tighthead
'I'll be settling in Galway post-rugby... it's a beautiful place'
Finlay Bealham is moving to the next level with Ireland and enjoying life off the pitch.
# Big Stu
'There were definitely times when I didn’t think I would ever get another game'
Stuart McCloskey had some lovely touches during Ireland’s win over Wales.
# andy farrell
Keenan a beacon of calm amidst some of the chaos in Cardiff
The Ireland fullback covered well and won some big aerial battles.
# The Boss
'They were outstanding' - Farrell praises Murray and Bealham for stepping up
The Ireland head coach was very pleased with his side’s good start to the Six Nations.
# Back in action
'I don’t think I’ve ever been as nervous as I was before a game' - Sexton
The 37-year-old Ireland captain explained the confusion around his HIA in Cardiff.
# Job Done
Farrell's Ireland get Six Nations tilt rolling with bonus-point win in Cardiff
The visitors played some stunning rugby in the first half but had a wobble after the break.
# Opening Day
Gatland's return gives Wales bounce but Ireland are deserved favourites
Andy Farrell’s men will be targetting a Six Nations title and it all starts in Cardiff this afternoon.
# Impact
Farrell backs experience on Ireland's bench as O'Toole gets Six Nations shot
The Ireland boss has gone for 412 caps worth of Test-level nous among his replacements.
# mental skills
'I’m obsessed with why teams keep being successful, why they stay at the top'
Andy Farrell is a big Man City fan but he had great admiration for Alex Ferguson’s Man United.
# Tighthead
A long way from Canberra: Bealham gets big chance to shine
The 31-year-old Connacht man gets his first Six Nations start for Ireland on Saturday.
'We wanted the roof closed' - Farrell urges Ireland to embrace Cardiff atmosphere
The Ireland head coach says Finlay Bealham deserves his starting chance against Wales.
# Possible Team
McCloskey set to start for Ireland in Six Nations clash against Wales
The Ulster centre impressed during the autumn and could get the nod ahead of Bundee Aki.
# Calm
'I'd be getting sick before games' - Porter has calmed the big-match nerves
Ireland’s loosehead prop is excited about a big scrum battle in Cardiff.
# Fully Fit
Sexton good to go for Ireland after training without face mask for first time
The 37-year-old skipper isn’t buying Warren Gatland’s words about Wales having a free hit.
# Selection
Byrne and Crowley vie for back-up slot to Sexton against the Welsh
Andy Farrell’s bench selections could be pivotal against Wales.
# Nous
Gatland reveals hand by calling on the veterans for Wales against Ireland
The Wales boss has brought back some experienced heads alongside a sprinkling of youth.
January 2023
# Welsh ties
'I’d made my decision that I wanted to wear green, not to be in red'
Tadhg Beirne had the option of playing for Wales but decided to return home to Ireland.
# Underdogs
Wales happy to be written off ahead of Ireland clash, says Warren Gatland
Gatland is back in charge of Wales, 15 years after his first Six Nations campaign in charge.
# Team news
Gatland names 34-year-old Halfpenny to start against Ireland
The Welsh boss has announced his matchday 23 for Saturday’s Six Nations showdown.
# Injury Update
Kelleher managing hamstring injury as Stewart links up with Ireland
The Leinster man has had a cruel time with injuries recently.
Ken Owens named Wales captain as Warren Gatland picks four uncapped players
Wales begin their campaign against Ireland in Cardiff on 4 February.
# dammit zammit
Louis Rees-Zammit likely to miss Wales’ Six Nations clash with Ireland
The Gloucester wing suffered an ankle injury on Christmas Eve.
# Number 10
Carbery could get Six Nations shot as Sexton faces race against time
Jack Crowley and Ross Byrne also featured in green last autumn.
Last year
# Warr-ning Shot
Warren Gatland: 'Having Ireland first up is fantastic - it is going to be a challenge'
Kiwi is back for a second stint as Wales boss and opens up against .
# No quick fix
Warren Gatland insists ‘little time for sentiment’ after Wales return
The New Zealander has replaced his compatriot Wayne Pivac as head coach.
# Second Coming
Wales confirm Warren Gatland as new head coach
Wayne Pivac departs the role following a dismal Autumn Nations series.
# England V Wales
Southgate wary of pressure and expectation on Foden, Bale and Ramsey could be benched
England and Wales face off in a World Cup Group B showdown tonight.
# Hotseat
Warren Gatland leading contender to take over from Wayne Pivac as Wales boss
The former Wales boss could return to the helm after a dismal run of results.
# Shaky Ground
'Just weren't able to bring it home' - Pivac defiant despite mounting pressure after defeat
His side squandered a 21-point lead in their defeat to Australia.