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Shane Williams Picks His Preferred Wales Team For Autumn Series

CARDIFF, WALES - MARCH 15: Ex Wales player Shane Williams looks on before the RBS Six Nations match between Wales and Scotland at Millennium Stadium on March 15, 2014 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Wales and Ospreys legend Shane Williams has picked his team for the upcoming autumn series which sees Warren Gatland’s men pit their wits against Australia, Georgia, New Zealand and South Africa. Writing in WalesOnline, Williams who scored a record 58 tries in 87 tests for Wales, has opted for experience in his XV for the hugely demanding tests against the …

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Rob Howley Names Wales Side For Six Nations Clash Against France

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 25: Rob Howley the innterim head coach of Wales watches over his team's warm up prior to kickoff during the RBS Six Nations match between Scotland and Wales at Murrayfield Stadium on February 25, 2017 in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Wales have announced their team for their final Six Nations match of 2017 against France, and interim coach Rob Howley has decided to remain with the 23 man squad who dispatched Ireland 22-9 last weekend. Hooker Ken Owens will win his 50th cap, while Taulupe Faletau will start on the bench having just returned from injury. While Wales will surely be …

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Warren Gatland Hails Sam Warburton As ‘Outstanding’ And Highlights His Lions Qualities

British & Irish Lions coach Warren Gatland has hailed Wales flanker Sam Warburton’s performances in the Six Nations thus far as ‘outstanding’. Warburton, who captained the 2013 Lions to a 2-1 win over Australia, has been playing in a new-look Welsh backrow alongside Ross Moriarty and Justin Tipuric. Warburton has performed admirably through two games against Italy and England but …

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The Already Injured Six Nations XV

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 27: Billy Vunipola of England runs with the ball during the RBS Six Nations match between England and Ireland at Twickenham Stadium on February 27, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

Since the dawn of professionalism, rugby has become an increasingly attritional game. Players are now bigger, quicker and stronger than ever before, which in turn has led to greater and more dangerous collisions. In a study commissioned by the LNR (Ligue Nationale de Rugby) and FFR (Fédération Française de Rugby) cataloguing all of the injuries suffered by Top 14 players between …

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British And Irish Lions 2017: Second Row Options

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 28: George Kruis (R) of Saracens celebrates with team mate Maro Itoje after their victory during the Aviva Premiership final match between Saracens and Exeter Chiefs at Twickenham Stadium on May 28, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

The fourth instalment in this series of articles will analyse the options Warren Gatland has at second row for the British and Irish Lions 2017 tour of New Zealand. Arguably the toughest position in the squad to select, there are several in-form locks with bags of international experience who many would argue deserve a place in the initial Lions squad. However, …

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Alun Wyn Jones To Miss Wales’ Tie With Australia

CARDIFF, WALES - FEBRUARY 26: Alun Wyn Jones of Wales looks on during the RBS Six Nations match between Wales and France at the Principality Stadium on February 26, 2016 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Talismanic lock Alun Wyn Jones will miss Wales’ clash against Australia on Saturday following the death of his father Tim, according to Wales Online 102 cap Jones was the favourite to lead the side out in their Autumn series opener on Saturday, following the announcement yesterday that skipper Sam Warburton would miss the game with a neck injury. A former Wales …

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Wales’ Likely Starting XV For Australia Match

WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND - JUNE 18: Wales sing the national anthem during the International Test match between the New Zealand and Wales at Westpac Stadium on June 18, 2016 in Wellington, New Zealand. (Photo by Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images)

With Wales set to kick-off their autumn campaign on Saturday against Australia, we look at Rob Howley’s likely starting XV for the clash.  _______ 15. Liam Williams (if fit) Wales’ best player during the summer series against New Zealand, the 25-year-old has continued his fine form into the new season. Left the field early with an ankle injury during the Scarlets’ …

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Wales’ English-Based Stars Will Be Available For Australia Test

Wales LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 17: Rob Howley, Attack Coach of Wales looks on prior to kickoff during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Quarter Final match between South Africa and Wales at Twickenham Stadium on October 17, 2015 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Wales’ English-based stars will be able to play against Australia in their opening autumn test on November 5 after Premiership Rugby generously agreed to release all of them for the match, according to Wales Online. This means that the likes of George North (if he recovers from a  hand injury), Jamie Roberts, Luke Charteris, Ross Moriarty and Tomas Francis will be …

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WRU Selection Policy Could See Jamie Roberts, Taulupe Faletau And George North Miss Out On Lions Tour

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 29: George North of the Lions lifts Israel Folau of Wallabies while carrying the ball during game two of the International Test Series between the Australian Wallabies and the British & Irish Lions at Etihad Stadium on June 29, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images for HSBC)

Warren Gatland Maybe without some of his biggest stars in New Zealand. Yesterday Welsh rugby revelled in the fact that Warren Gatland had retained his position as head coach of the British and Irish Lions for the upcoming tour of New Zealand. However 24 hours later they have been left reeling, after Wales Online confirmed that the WRU’s Senior Player Selection Policy, …

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Bath Announce Considerable Coaching Staff For Forthcoming Season

BATH, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 20: Bath players and fans celebrate their victory during the Aviva Premiership match between Bath and Leicester Tigers at the Recreation Ground on September 20, 2014 in Bath, England. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Following the sacking of Mike Ford two months ago much speculation had garnered in the media regarding who Ford’s potential successor would be. It has finally been revealed this morning by the club that Todd Blackadder and Tabai Matson have been appointed as director of rugby and head coach of Bath respectively. This will not come as much of a …

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Wales’ Greatest XV

In a series of articles that put together several statistically-based teams for each major playing nation in the world of rugby, we next take a look at Wales and the best players to have represented the country. We’ll start with the players with the most wins in total. The Winners XV The impact of Warren Gatland and his coaching team …

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Gatland’s Law In Disarray As Tomas Francis Signs Long Term Deal With Exeter Chiefs

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 12: Warren Gatland of Wales looks on before the RBS 6 Nations match between England and Wales at Twickenham Stadium on March 12, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

The introduction of the ‘Gatland Law’ is set to see Wales’ playing resources become somewhat limited as players who have signed overseas contracts in the aftermath of the rules implementation become ineligible for international selection. While Leigh Halfpenney’s tenure at Toulon; were he to extend his contract with the option of an additional year, would see the man remain in …

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Aviva Premiership 2016-2017 Preview: Bath

Believe it or not, the Premiership clubs are back in their pre-season training programmes despite the English season only finishing at the end of May. The clubs’ pre-season fixtures will soon be upon us and before we know it the season will be well under way again. Therefore we take a look at each club and predict how they will …

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Wales Make Two Changes To Team For Second New Zealand Test

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 12: Warren Gatland of Wales looks on before the RBS 6 Nations match between England and Wales at Twickenham Stadium on March 12, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Wales are playing New Zealand in their second test this Saturday. The Welsh were on top for much of the game last week, but ultimately were blown away as the World Cup champions upped it a gear in the final quarter. Warren Gatland makes two changes to his side for this week’s test, with Rhys Patchell and Luke Charteris coming into …

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