IRELAND has put a huge dent in Welsh hopes of a record third Six Nations title in a row, with a clinical display in Dublin's Lansdowne Road as they ran out 26-3 winners.
WALLABIES captain Ben Mowen is to quit Australian rugby at the end of the 2014 season.
HE EMERGED into bright winter sunshine, stepped onto the lush field and pulled on a cap.
ALL Blacks No.8 Kieran Read capped a stellar year on Thursday when he won the New Zealand rugby player of the year award.
THE Wallabies recovered from conceding a first-minute try and twice falling 10 points behind to record their ninth successive win over Wales with a dramatic 30-26 victory.