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Six Nations: Team Of The Weekend

England v Ireland - RBS Six Nations

The Six Nations saw a number of debutantes take the field this weekend. After another weekend of Six Nations action, it would now appear that fourth round fixture between England and Wales will be the title decider. Nonetheless, this weekend provided us with three huge games that saw Wales, Scotland and England record victories. Although Wales claimed a deserved win over …

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Lydiate Selection Causing A Bit Of A Stir On Twitter Ahead Of Wales’ Clash With France

CARDIFF, WALES - FEBRUARY 13: Dan Lydiate of Wales passes the ball during the RBS Six Nations match between Wales and Scotland at the Principality Stadium on February 13, 2016 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

Wales Coach Warren Gatland has made three changes to the side that defeated Scotland at the Principality Stadium, with Bradley Davies, Alex Cuthbert and Dan Lydiate replacing Luke Charteris, Tom James and Justin Tipuric respectively. The Davies for Charteris switch was to be somewhat expected due to the latter’s knee injury, while the introduction of Cuthbert and Lydiate has divided a …

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Warren Gatland Unveils Wales Team To Play France

Wales Press Conference

Wales make three changes for clash with France. Warren Gatland has made three changes to his team for Friday night’s game with France in Cardiff. Although there had been some fitness concerns over Jonathan Davies, the Clermont centre will partner Jamie Roberts in a back line that sees Alex Cuthbert replace Tom James on the wing. However, as was reported by …

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Both Scotland And Wales Name Their Starting XVs

Wales v Scotland - RBS Six Nations

Warren Gatland and Vern Cotter have each unveiled their starting XVs. Given that neither Wales or Scotland won last weekend, Saturday’s clash between both nations has taken on greater significance. As a result, Warren Gatland delayed naming his team for 24 hours in order to give Dan Biggar every opportunity to prove his fitness. A policy that has paid off, after …

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Four Contenders For The British And Irish Lions Captaincy

LIONS NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 25: Dylan Hartley of Northampton and Alun-Wyn Jones of Ospreys look on with referee Romain Poite during the European Rugby Champions Cup match between Northampton Saints and Ospreys at Franklin's Gardens on October 25, 2014 in Northampton, England. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

There are now less than 500 days until the first British and Irish Lions test against the All Blacks at Eden Park on the 24th of June 2017. While it’s looking increasingly likely that Warren Gatland will have one of the greatest coaching jobs in the world working with the Lions next year, a major question ahead of the opening test is who will be …

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Are Wales Seriously Considering Dropping Their Captain?

Ireland v Wales - RBS Six Nations

Questions have been asked of Sam Warburton in the Welsh media. In the wake of last weekend’s draw between Wales and Ireland, Wales Online rugby writer, Andy Howell, has argued that Warren Gatland should consider dropping Sam Warburton. Although it was evident to most that Warburton was not at the pace of the game last Sunday, it must be remembered …

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Top 50 Players On The Planet, According To Welsh Media

New Zealand v France - Quarter Final: Rugby World Cup 2015

Wales Online have complied their list of the games best players. Although lists compiling the games best players tend to be interesting to read, ultimately they are often of little value. Indeed, while some of rugby’s top tight heads may not earn the meters, line breaks and plaudits they often deserve, a quality scrummager can be the difference between winning and …

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5 Reasons Why Ireland Will Not Beat Wales

Wales v Ireland - RBS Six Nations

Ireland face a difficult challenge against Wales on Sunday. Although Warren Gatland may say otherwise, Wales are favourites to beat Ireland in the Aviva Stadium on Sunday. Given the number of injuries suffered by Ireland, this should come as no surprise. Indeed the line ups suggest that the only area where Ireland will have a significant advantage is the scrum. …

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Pre 6 Nations Lions XV

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JULY 06: (L-R) Jamie Roberts of the Lions is mobbed by team mates Conor Murray and George North after scoring the Lions fourth try during the International Test match between the Australian Wallabies and British & Irish Lions at ANZ Stadium on July 6, 2013 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

The Six Nations will give the opportunity for a number of players to put their hands up for Lions selection. Although the Lions will not tour New Zealand until the summer of 2017, the upcoming Six Nations Championship will give a number of players the opportunity to put an early hand up for selection. Indeed much is expected of the …

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The Pre-Six Nations Best XV

Europe’s international rugby sides didn’t quite deliver in 2015, with some dismal performances in the World Cup exemplifying this. But, with new talent coming through the ranks and the mix of new and old managerial teams, Europe has a bright future. So, without further adieu, here is our pre-Six Nations best XV, with Italy being the only country not represented. The front row …

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What Would A Lions XV Look Like Following The World Cup?

Ireland and England both had disappointing World Cups, while Wales and Scotland can go home with their heads held high, albeit a bitter taste in their mouths and a sense of what might have been. It is back to the drawing board, and time to start building towards 2019 in Japan. However, in the meantime, there is the small matter of …

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5 Quick Conclusions From Wales V South Afica

Wales showed great determination against the Springboks. South Africa overcame a stubborn Welsh team this afternoon 23-19. Nevertheless many Springbok fans will be worried that their team showed little creativity or subtlety throughout the game. Indeed it was not until Wales tired in the final quarter that South Africa managed to dominate their opponents. 1. Welsh Spirit After their defeat …

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Welsh Legend Presents Team With Jerseys Ahead Of England Clash

Wales have looked to an iconic figure to provide them with inspiration ahead of England game. Wales have turned to legendary singer Tom Jones to provide them with inspiration ahead of their World Cup clash with England. The Welsh singer was enlisted to present Sam Warburton’s team with their jerseys ahead of tonight’s big game. Tom Jones is counted as something …

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Sam Warburton’s One Weakness…

Fearless Welsh flanker Sam Warburton has displayed his one weakness Wales have taken the unusual step of holding their Rugby World Cup training camp in Fiesch, high in the Swiss Alps. Fuelled by 45kg of meat and 15kg of fish, the Welsh squad are preparing for the World Cup at the Alpine retreat. The Daily Mail reported that the training regime, allied to …

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Ranking The World’s Top Ten Openside Flankers

Following last week’s list of the top ten number 8s in world rugby, we continue the rankings with the best openside flankers in the world. _____ 10. Francois Louw Injury is the reason why the South African is so far down this list. Since moving to Bath, the 30 year-old has been a revelation. When fit and on top form, few …

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