Welsh training squad announced: what should we expect from it?

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Gatland has announced his 42-man Welsh training squad for the upcoming Rugby World Cup in Japan. There might not be many surprises but a close look suggests plenty of takeaways for fans – of both Wales and rival teams. ??????? Here is Wales’ 42-man training squad for the 2019 @rugbyworldcup, which includes two uncapped players in […] READ MORE


Wales squad player ratings for the Six Nations

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Warren Gatland initially named a 39-man squad for this tournament but, in the end, he only used 31 players – exactly the amount he will have available to him in at the Rugby World Cup. Here are the player ratings for those involved. Front row: Rob Evans – 8 Good in the scrum, good in […] READ MORE


Is a Welsh Grand Slam really on the cards?

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Ireland, the strongest contenders for a Grand Slam before the Six Nations started, are already out of the running. Scotland, the dark horses for many fans, are also out. England are deservedly favourites to pull off the ultimate Six Nations triumph after two very impressive wins but what about Wales? Is a Welsh Grand Slam […] READ MORE


Guinness Pro14 – Latest Standings and League Report

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The Guinness Pro14 is an unusual league. Teams from five different countries competing across several continents, all fighting for one major prize. The lack of relegation, along with the opportunity that provides for squad rotation, means it is often looked down on by fans of other leagues. On the other hand, there are fiercely contested […] READ MORE


Racing 92 lead the pack while Scarlets fall short in Champions Cup

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Round three of the 2018/19 Heineken Champions Cup was another huge weekend of rugby. Here at Last Word on Rugby, our group of writers will cover the results and the outcomes. Rhiannon Garth Jones looks at Pool Four, where the rankings mean nothing: Racing 92 lead the pack and Ulster might be surprise qualifiers. Current […] READ MORE


England’s back-row woes: Sam Underhill could be the solution, just not at 7

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Sam Underhill put in a brilliant performance in England’s narrow loss to New Zealand at Twickenham. His disallowed try caught the eye but it was the rest of his game that suggested he has a bright future in an England jersey. He made the joint-most metres of any England player with the ball (66m) as […] READ MORE


Will Wales Finally Beat Australia? A History of the Rivalry

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Since the first Rugby World Cup in 1987, Wales have played Australia 28 times and won twice. The last time was 10 years ago, in Autumn 2008. Since then, it’s been 13 consecutive defeats. Such a one-sided relationship can’t really be described as a rivalry. For Welsh fans, the Australian team is their nemesis. No […] READ MORE


Gethin Jenkins was a Modern Great: a Career Retrospective

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Gethin Jenkins received 129 test caps for Wales during his storied career. He went on three British and Irish Lions tours, won three Grand Slams, four Six Nations titles, a Heineken Cup and two Challenge Cup titles. Compiling a highlights reel any forward or, any back for that matter would be proud of. After the […] READ MORE


Saracens lead the pack in Pool Three of 2018/19 Champions Cup

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Round two of the Heineken Champions Cup gave fans another huge weekend of rugby. Here at Last Word on Rugby, our group of writers will cover all the results and the outcomes. Concentrating on Pool Three, Rhiannon Garth Jones looks at the results of round two, where Saracens lead the pack and Lyon seem rooted […] READ MORE