Bronze final a waste of time and purely there for the money

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The Rugby World Cup bronze final will be played out between Wales and New Zealand this Friday in what will be the fanfare goodbye for both Warren Gatland and Steve Hansen. However, the final is nothing but a money spinner and goes right against World Rugby’s player welfare needs.  The final goodbye for two major […] READ MORE


Rugby World Cup Final 2019: The influence of two coaches

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The Rugby World Cup final will see England, who defeated the All Blacks, take on the Springboks, who ground out a grim win against Wales in their respective semi-finals. Two very different semi-finals Embed from Getty Images England vs All Blacks Semi-final one was a pretty pulsating affair, with England taking an early lead and […] READ MORE


Warren Gatland leaves lasting legacy regardless of New Zealand result

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Regardless of the result on Friday against New Zealand, Warren Gatland will leave a lasting legacy as the Wales head coach. Robert Rees looks back over his stellar career and the impact he made on Welsh rugby.  Lasting legacy felt across Wales When Warren Gatland became the Welsh coach in 2007 Wales were a side […] READ MORE


South Africa brutality had the better of Wales

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Following their win over Wales in last weekend’s semi-final, Robert Rees takes a look at how South Africa used their physicality to overcome Warren Gatland’s men. Springbok power just a step too far for Wales Rassie Erasmus’ side have made a name for themselves as bruising, physical opponents; overhauling their opposition to claim their fourth […] READ MORE


England’s road to recovery: Five key moments to redemption

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England have a chance for history. Four years ago, English rugby experienced its darkest day. Stuart Lancaster and his men dumped out of a home World Cup and a reshuffle was imminent. In came Eddie Jones fresh off the high of an infamous win over the Springboks with up and coming Japan side. Fast forward […] READ MORE


England’s breakdown work destroyed New Zealand’s game plan

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England cruised to another Rugby World Cup final, shoving Steve Hansen’s men to one side as they went. Disruption was key to the victory and the back row led the charge. Robert Rees takes a look at just where England got it right. England set the tone with selection Eddie Jones could have been forgiven […] READ MORE


Springbok game plan will remain unchanged

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The squad that Rassie Erasmus announced for their Rugby World Cup semifinal mach against Wales points to no changes to the Springbok game plan. The Springbok squad One change to the team One change has been made to to the team that defeated Japan in the quarter-final. One of the players of the tournament, Cheslin […] READ MORE


Wales dark horses for Rugby World Cup glory

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This Rugby World Cup for Wales has been a story of close calls and undercooked performances. In the three matches against Australia, Fiji, and France, Warren Gatland’s men coughed and spluttered to either come from behind or scrape tense wins. Following these performances, many have written off Wales’ chances of lifting the Webb Ellis trophy […] READ MORE


Wales won’t fear the power of the Springboks

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Wales head into their semi-final against South Africa with a lot of positivity surrounding their hopes of victory. They have won the last five meetings between the sides. Robert Rees looks at why Wales won’t be fearing the Springboks.  Wales can match the power game South Africa dominated the Japanese, as they have done with […] READ MORE


Wales’ poor kicking strategy allowed Fiji in the game

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Wales are known for wanting to kick the ball in field, but against a counter attacking Fijian side it wasn’t always the right option or was badly executed. Robert Rees analyses why and where it went wrong and how they fixed it.  Loose kicking allowed Fiji into game Wales opening ten minutes were amongst the […] READ MORE