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Eight Things We Learned From A Dire Wales Performance

CARDIFF, WALES - NOVEMBER 05: Rob Howley, the Wales head coach looks on during the International match between Wales and Australia at the Principality Stadium on November 5, 2016 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

That Wales’ players celebrated wildly after Sam Davies put over an 80th minute drop goal to beat Japan said it all. Minutes later the realisation that they had scarcely deserved to beat a Japan side that leaked 54 points against Argentina two weeks before, was etched upon the Welsh players’ faces. Wales have hit rock bottom. Sam Warburton’s cliche ridden …

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Rob Howley Makes 10 Changes To Wales Team To Face Japan

Wales v Australia - International Match

Wales take on Japan in Cardiff on Saturday. After claiming a tight 24-20 win over Argentina last Saturday, Wales have made 10 changes to their side for Saturday’s tie with Japan. Wales had come in for a great deal of criticism following their tame 32-8 defeat at the hands of Australia earlier this month, but managed to reassert themselves as against the …

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Wales Selection For Argentina Clash Throws Up Two Massive Shocks

Interim Wales head coach Rob Howley rang the changes when selecting his team to face Argentina at the weekend. As reported on Thursday, Howley has made six changes from the team that was outclassed by Australia last weekend as he bids to get Wales back to winning ways again. With only three test victories in their last ten outings, the …

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Wales Make Six Changes For Argentina Match

Wales v Australia - International Match

Interim Wales Head Coach Rob Howley has made six changes to the team humbled by Australia last weekend, report Wales Online. Howley has wielded the axe for the clash with ‘Los Pumas’: with prop Samson Lee dropping to the bench and being replaced by the Exeter Chiefs’ Tomas Francis. While the ever-present Jamie Roberts is also dropped, with Scarlets centre …

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Wales Suffer Massive Injury Blow Ahead Of Australia Clash

Wales v Australia - International Match

Wales have been hit with more injury trouble as they prepare to take on Australia at 2:30. Already without Sam Warburton, Taulupe Faletau, Alun Wyn Jones and Liam Williams, Wales have been hit with yet another injury blow as they prepare to take on Australia at 2:30. After being forced to reshuffle his pack, Rob Howley would have been hoping …

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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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Four Crucial Players Sign Welsh Rugby Union Dual Contracts

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)

The Welsh Rugby Union has been given a massive boost today in its efforts to retain the top players within the Welsh regions. Wales captain Sam Warburton, backrow colleague Dan Lydiate and young stars Hallam Amos and Samson Lee have all signed dual contracts with their regions and the Welsh Rugby Union. With a 160 caps between them, according to the …

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Analysis: Wales Short On Back-Row Options Ahead Of Autumn Internationals

Wales are facing a shortage of options in the back row ahead of next month’s Autumn internationals after it was confirmed that Sam Warburton needs surgery on a fractured cheekbone. The Wales captain suffered the knock in Cardiff Blues’ defeat to Leinster on Saturday. It could be some very bad news for Cardiff Blues and Wales https://t.co/VySSy7J6kK — WalesOnline Rugby (@WalesRugby) October …

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Wales Linchpin Should Be Fit For Autumn Series

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 12: Sam Warburton of Wales offlodas during the RBS Six Nations match between England and Wales at Twickenham Stadium on March 12, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Wales captain Sam Warburton should be fit for the autumn series, according to Wales Online. The 27-year-old suffered a cheekbone fracture during a clash of heads with Leinster’s Josh van de Flier in Cardiff’s 16-13 defeat to the Dubliners at the weekend. It looked possible that the 67 times capped flanker would miss a part of, or the whole of Wales’ …

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Toulon Coach’s Comments Casts Doubt Over Halfpenny’s Future Wales Involvement

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 15: Leigh Halfpenny poses for the camera at Royal Garden Hotel on September 15, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Christopher Lee/Getty Images for Dove)

French rugby giants Toulon are optimistic they will retain the services of coveted Wales full-back Leigh Halfpenny beyond the end of his contract this summer. Under new rules set by the Welsh Rugby Union, only three ‘wildcard’ selections per campaign will be available to national team coaches to pick players not playing for Welsh regions. Halfpenny is currently exempt from …

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Wales Hit With Major Injury Concern Ahead Of Autumn Internationals

Rob Howley’s backrow could be seriously depleted ahead of the November internationals. It appears that Wales’ unlucky run with injuries is set to continue, after BBC Wales this afternoon reported Sam Warburton suffered a suspected fractured cheekbone during the Cardiff Blues’ 13-16 defeat against Leinster last night. The Wales and Lions captain was replaced during the early exchanges of the Pro …

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The Most Gatland-Esque Lions XV Warren Gatland Can Select

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 07: Warren Gatland is announced as the Head Coach of the British & Irish Lions for the 2017 Tour to New Zealand during the British and Irish Lions Press Conference at Standard Life House on September 7, 2016 in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Lions and Wales coach Warren Gatland is known for his ‘Warrenball’ style of play: winning the collisions, getting over the gainline, defensive intensity, raw physicality and earning the right to go wide. Although Wales have sought to play a more expansive game recently, it will be interesting to see if Wales will persevere with this new approach if it doesn’t …

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Shane Williams Backs Unlikely Candidate For Lions Captaincy

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 17: Shane Williams, who has been selected to play for the Lions against the Brumbies looks on during the British and Irish Lions training session at the North Sydney Oval on June 17, 2013 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Welsh legend Shane Williams believes Alun Wyn Jones would be a brilliant choice as Lions skipper for their daunting tour to New Zealand next summer. Abrasive English skipper Dylan Hartley is the clear favourite, having led England to a first Grand Slam in 13 years and a first ever series win in Australia. While Sam Warburton, the winning captain down …

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Wales: Three Of The Top Contenders To Replace Faletau This Autumn

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - JUNE 11: Taulupe Faletau of Wales kicks ahead under pressure from TJ Perenara of the All Blacks during the International Test match between the New Zealand All Blacks and Wales at Eden Park on June 11, 2016 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)

With the news that Taulupe Faletau is a major doubt for the upcoming autumn internationals, after suffering a knee injury, we take a look at three contenders to replace him. ______ 1. Josh Navidi The versatile Cardiff Blues backrower, and the first player of Iranian heritage to play for Wales, has made an excellent start to the season, playing a …

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Andy Goode Column: My British And Irish Lions Starting XV

When the Lions tour New Zealand next summer, they will need power and mobility to overcome the mighty All Blacks. That’s why I have gone with Iain Henderson in the second row alongside Maro Itoje, and Taulupe Faletau at six to offer extra dynamism in the backrow. My team also includes four south sea islanders, who will love nothing more than to …

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