Warren Gatland yesterday left the door ajar for Jonny Wilkinson to join the Lions tour of Australia and the former England fly-half is ready to answer an emergency call — if his body can take the strain.
Former Wales centre Matthew J Watkins has revealed he has been diagnosed with a rare form of cancer. The 34-year-old won 18 caps for his country, making his first appearance against Italy in 2003, and his last against Argentina in 2006.
Once Jonny Wilkinson had completed his perfect knock-out routine to propel Toulon to a Heineken Cup triumph which defied logic, the fly-half knew he had a title to savour.
Former England bad boy Delon Armitage has found himself in hot water once again after taunting a rival while scoring the match-winning try for Toulon in an enthralling Heineken Cup final - and then getting in a war of words with former England hooker Brian Moore on Twitter.
Code-hopper Israel Folau was one of three uncapped players named in Australia's preliminary 25-man squad to face the British and Irish Lions, with in-form Reds playmaker Quade Cooper the most notable omission.
Jonny Wilkinson lifted the Heineken Cup and claimed it was better than winning the World Cup with England. Wilkinson led Toulon to a thrilling 16-15 win over Clermont Auvergne in Dublin with three penalties and the crucial conversion of a try scored by former England colleague Delon Armitage.
The world-famous specialist who operated on Tom Croft’s neck after he suffered a triple fracture of a vertebra in his neck has told The Mail on Sunday the England flanker could have died from his injuries.
Tom Wood, beaten to a Lions place by fit-again Tom Croft, will face the man who shattered his dream when Northampton take on Leicester in Saturday’s Aviva Premiership final.
For Jonathan Joseph, a call-up to England's squad to tour Argentina this summer is a silver lining at the end of a frustrating season. The 22-year-old centre has long been tipped as a future England star.
Ireland and Munster fly-half Ronan O'Gara has announced his playing retirement in order to take up a coaching position with Racing Metro.
It looks like a case of the missing Lions…in the first official team photo of the 2013 touring squad to face the Wallabies next month. A close look at the line up and it seems as if some nifty photoshop work has imposed the images of Brian O’Driscoll and Gethin Jenkins.
Australia back Kurtley Beale could miss this summer's three-Test series against the British and Irish Lions after the Melbourne Rebels announced he will take an indefinite leave of absence from rugby to resolve personal issues.
The choice for Warren Gatland was ultimately a simple one. You pick the captain around whom you can build a winning Test team - and Sam Warburton is the right choice to lead the Lions this summer.
Sportsmail expert Ben Kay gives his take on how Warren Gatland's British and Irish Lions can succeed in the upcoming series. The former England and Lions player believes Sam Warburton can make the Lions roar and lead them to glory Down Under.
Warren Gatland has named a 37-man British and Irish Lions squad to tour Australia this summer. Here, Sportsmail tells you everything you need to know about each and every player.
The British & Irish Lions head to Australia this summer for the 2013 tour as they bid for a first Test series victory since 1997. Here's all you need to know about the matches.
Yarm School came back from 10-0 down to win 17-15 in a pulsating match against Felsted in the U18 Vase Final in the Daily Mail Schools Rugby finals at Twickenham.
Daily Mail Schools Rugby Vase winners Royal Latin have given their pupils something to smile about after the tragic death of pupil Charlie Saunders and his father Peter last week.
Dulwich’s second successive Daily Mail Cup success will be remembered also for the resilience and tenacity of Northampton School for Boys.
Dulwich needed to produce their renowned forward power at crucial times to fend off an inspired Northampton School for Boys in Twickenham’s main final.
Royal Latin won their first U15 Vase trophy after a frenetic clash with Felsted in the opening match of the Daily Mail Schools Rugby finals day at Twickenham.
A second-half comeback by Warwick, led by full-back William Stride, settled a cup tie which was fast and furious despite the weather. QEGS Wakefield led 6-0 at half-time.
Jonny Wilkinson described winning the Heineken Cup with Toulon as a bigger achievement than his Rugby World Cup triumph 10 years ago.
Leinster emulated Chelsea by winning the Amlin Challenge Cup to ease the blow of losing their status of European champions - and they did it in style.
Leigh Halfpenny could be excused if he felt in a hurry to make up for lost time on next month's British and Irish Lions tour.
If the British and Irish Lions struggle for any power and pace among the backs down under when they tour Australia this summer, focus will inevitably turn to squad selection.
Australia have stoked the fire ahead of the upcoming British and Irish Lions series by mocking the famous documentary featuring Martin Johnson and Co from the 1997 tour of South Africa.
After meeting up on Monday as a squad for the first time at sunny Syon Park – and collecting the kit for the tour – the British and Irish Lions have got down to business.
Owen Farrell, Jamie Roberts and George North underwent a very different type of Lions training when they travelled to Salzburg in Austria.
The Lions squad have taken part in their first outdoor training session together as the build-up towards their three test series in Australia gathers pace.