Welsh rugby unease – Is the party well and truly over?

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Have you ever woken up after a big party wishing you hadn’t drunk so much? You wander bleary-eyed down the stairs. There’s a stale smell of smoke emanating from the cigarette butts in a discarded tumbler on the coffee table. To compound that, the aroma of smoke is intermingling with that of sweat. You have […] READ MORE


AWJ and the cult of the individual

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Just to establish from the outset, this is not an attack on Alun Wyn-Jones (click on the link for Robert Rees’ look at AWJ back in 2020) or his achievements. The Neath and Swansea Osprey has been a tremendous and loyal servant to Wales and Welsh rugby for well over a decade. Whilst he has […] READ MORE


Top Five Welsh wins at the Principality Stadium 

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Friday night under the Principality lights. As deafening Six Nations atmospheres go there is no better setting in world rugby. On Friday night France will arrive full of confidence to the Principality Stadium two wins away from a Grand Slam. This stadium, however, creates special memories. Here is a look back at some of the most […] READ MORE


Dan Biggar: a Very Good, or a Great Welsh outside-half?

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Wales will face England at Twickenham on Saturday, February 26. And one of the participants is Wales rugby outside-half Dan Biggar who may well play a big hand in the outcome. This is a match that will go a long way in determining how both country’s Six Nations’ campaigns are perceived. With Dan Biggar the […] READ MORE


Expect a big performance from England

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England to perform in front of a packed Twickenham It’s been two long years since England have performed in front of a packed house at Twickenham. As matches go, they don’t come much grander than England against Wales. It will be a big occasion, and we can expect a big performance from England. After two […] READ MORE


Ideas, Identity, and Ideals in Welsh International Rugby

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Now is probably not the best time for intense introspection after a chastening and bruising defeat to Ireland. Especially for those in and around the close inner circle of players and coaches in Welsh International Rugby. Perhaps best if they keep Kipling’s words in mind, “If you can meet with triumph and disaster, and treat […] READ MORE


Wales Six Nations tactics – what to expect

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As he takes the Welsh national side to his third campaign, what were Wales  Six Nations tactics in 2021 and is there a chance of a change by Wayne Pivac 12 months later?  Ever since Warren Gatland left the Wales job on the first of November 2019, there has always been a mixed response regarding […] READ MORE


Wales’ New Captain

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Another step in an illustrious career? Top pro and Wales stalwart Dan Biggar has been given the honour of being Wales’ new captain for this year’s Six Nations. Will it be another step in an illustrious career for this ten from Morriston in Swansea? Regular captain Alun Wyn-Jones is out injured. As are other captaincy […] READ MORE


Why the Welsh rugby regions are falling behind

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The Welsh rugby regions are falling behind in regional competitions. New correspondent Iestyn Rhys Thomas tracks the changes through the years. Every time during international Test windows in Wales, all you hear about is rugby, rugby and the odd splash of rugby. Yet after the Six Nations has been decided or another autumn campaign comes to […] READ MORE


Rugby 2021: A year in reflection

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For many, the vintage of rugby 2021 will probably raise a lot of discussion and differing opinions. That shouldn’t be a bad thing, with less than two years away from the Rugby World Cup 2023 in France. Here, our Last Word on Sports rugby department selected a few articles that represented the year in rugby […] READ MORE