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Gatland questions England's chances

Wales coach Warren Gatland has turned the heat on group rivals England, saying they have plenty of questions that must be answered.

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Wales name World Cup squad

Out: injured flyhalf Gareth Anscombe playing for Waikato in 2013.

Wales coach Warren Gatland named prop Samson Lee on Monday in his 31-man squad for this year's Rugby World Cup but left out injured flyhalf Gareth Anscombe.

Wales better equipped than England to handle Pocock and Hooper

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Paul Cully   Wales have flown somewhat under the radar in the build-up to the Rugby World Cup. No longer.

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Wales edge Ireland in bruising World Cup warm-up

Wales Jamie Roberts, centre, side steps a tackle by Ireland's Johnny Sexton, left, during their international rugby union match at the Aviva stadium, Dublin, Ireland, Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015.  (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)

Padraic Halpin   Wales hung on to beat Ireland 16-10 in an intense World Cup warm-up game.

Ireland crush Wales in World Cup warm-up

Ireland's Dave Kilcoyne breaks through the Welsh defence.

Six Nations champions Ireland scored five tries in an impressive 35-21 defeat of Wales in Cardiff as their World Cup build-up began in earnest on Saturday.

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Fears of World Cup fitness of George North

Wales' George North celebrates after scoring a try during the Six Nations Rugby match between Italy and Wales at the Rome Olympic Stadium Saturday, March 21, 2015. Wales unleashed a stunning seven-try second half to crush Italy 61-20 at Stadio Olimpico. (AP Photo/Ettore Ferrari, Ansa)

Steve James   George North has still not completed his recovery from the concussion problems that blighted him last season and will miss Wales's World Cup warm-up match against Ireland on Saturday.

Gatland worried concussion may end North's career

Season in jeopardy: George North has not played since being knocked out in March.

Steve James   Wales head coach Warren Gatland has expressed deep concerns about the future of George North.

Halfpenny dislocates shoulder in Kimlin tackle

Leigh Halfpenny

Much has been written about the great Australian rugby exodus and the negative impact it could have on local teams in Super Rugby and the Wallabies. But some exiles are still doing their bit for the gold jersey's cause at the World Cup.

Poms can play and they'll pick Big Sam: Cheika

Michael Cheika says it would be foolish to write off Australia's chances of lifting the Webb Ellis Cup for a record third time.

Paul Cully   Michael Cheika has greeted World Cup group rivals England's ability to play a more attacking, open style with an utter lack of surprise and is also adamant they will pick Sam Burgess.

North stood down after third concussion

Season in jeopardy: George North of Northampton Saints was knocked out in the English Premiership.

Daniel Schofield   English club Northampton have stood down George North for their Champions Cup quarter-final against Clermont Auvergne after the winger suffered a third concussion in the space of eight weeks. The Wales star is consulting a neurosurgeon to assess whether he can play again this season.

Dazzling best of Wales is not enough to win title

Wales' George North.

Daniel Schofield   It was not enough, but Wales did all they could in a sensational second-half demolition of Italy.

Wales hold off Ireland to blow Six Nations wide open

Hanging tough: Sam Warburton (right) celebrates with Leigh Halfpenny after Wales' gritty Six Nations win over Ireland.

James Corrigan   Win over Ireland gives inspired Wales a shot at the Six Nations title heading into the final round.

Wales beat France to rekindle Six Nations title hopes

France captain Thierry Dusautoir cut a dejected figure after his side's 13-20 defeat to Wales in the Six Nations.

Wales rekindle their Six Nations title hopes with a bruising 20-13 win against a struggling French outfit.

Wales hold off feisty Scotland to seal narrow Six Nations win

Wales captain Sam Warburton applauds the travelling fans following his team's 26-21 victory over Scotland at Murrayfield, Edinburgh.

Wales' Six Nations campaign back on track with a frenetic away-victory over Scotland.

George North should not have stayed on the pitch: World Rugby

CARDIFF, WALES - FEBRUARY 06:  George North of Wales during the RBS Six Nations match between Wales and England at the Millennium Stadium on February 6, 2015 in Cardiff, Wales.  (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

Wales winger George North should not have stayed on the pitch after suffering a head injury during the second half of his team's 21-16 Six Nations defeat by England, World Rugby said on Tuesday.

Video plan for World Cup head injuries

George North.

Gavin Mairs   Facilities for video reviews of suspected concussion injuries at pitchside and in team medical rooms are to be mandatory at the Rugby World Cup this year in a bid to prevent a repeat of the incident during England's Six Nations victory against Wales on Friday in which George North was allowed to return to play despite appearing to be knocked out.

World Rugby seeks explanation from Wales on George North concussion

George North.

Daniel Schofield   The Welsh Rugby Union was facing mounting criticism on Saturday over its decision to allow George North to play on after receiving two blows to the head in Wales's 21-16 defeat against England on Friday night.

Welsh scars may last for years

Wales' halfback Rhys Webb with a box kick. The Welsh lost because they did not have the platform.

Steve James   Hosts' approach felt too contrived after all the pre-match nonsense, writes Steve James

England fight back to beat Wales in Six Nations thriller

Final whistle: England players celebrate as Wales are vanquished at home.

England bagged early World Cup bragging rights by clawing back a 10-point deficit to claim a thrilling 21-16 victory over Wales in the opening match of the Six Nations on Friday.

Rules on national eligibility are a disgrace

From Super Rugby to Six Nations: former Chiefs and Blues playmaker Gareth Anscombe is set to represent Wales.

James Corrigan   Rugby's rules on national eligibility are a disgrace - but do not blame players or coaches for using them, writes James Corrigan.