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Topsy Ojo Column: It’s All To Play For This Autumn

The period around the Autumn Internationals is always an interesting time of year in the rugby calendar. And here former England international winger and Pundit Arena columnist Topsy Ojo explains why. With almost a third of the season gone it is usually the time of year when teams look to make their move. Teams can target certain fixtures and take …

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Exclusive: We Speak With Gareth Bale’s High School PE Teacher

CARDIFF, WALES - OCTOBER 09: Gareth Bale of Wales is tracked by Giorgi Navalovski (L), Jano Ananidze (2L) and Murtaz Daushvili (R) of Georgia during the FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier between Wales and Georgia at Cardiff City Stadium on October 9, 2016 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

At a time when Gareth Bale’s name is being splashed across headlines regarding his new contract negotiations with Real Madrid, we caught up with the Wales international’s former PE teacher, Gwyn Morris, who taught Bale at Whitchurch High School in Cardiff, from 2002-2005. In an exclusive interview with Pundit Arena, Morris discusses subjects such as Bale’s innate talent, unique personality and the other …

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New Fiji Sevens Coach To Replace Ben Ryan Revealed

Having resigned from his post as head coach of the Fijian Sevens team, Olympic champion Ben Ryan left the Fiji Rugby Union with the difficult task of finding a suitable replacement for the job. However, the FRU revealed this morning that they have found their man in Gareth Baber, who has plenty of experience both as a Sevens specialist player …

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Professional International Rugby’s ‘One Cap Wonder’ XV

Achieving a solitary cap in professional rugby is normally down to taking advantage of an injury crisis, hitting a rich vein of form in a position of test weakness at just the right time, or sadly being blighted by injury into the early stages of your career. We’ve put together a team of test players that only ever received one …

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Rep. Ireland, Wales, Northern Ireland And Scotland All Fall In Latest FIFA World Rankings

DUBLIN, IRELAND - OCTOBER 06: Jeff Hendrick of Ireland in action during the FIFA 2018 World Cup Group D Qualifier between Republic of Ireland Georgia at the Aviva Stadium on October 6, 2016 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

The latest batch of FIFA World rankings does not make pleasant reading for the Home Nations or the Republic of Ireland. Despite winning their last two World Cup qualifiers against Georgia and Moldova, Martin O’Neill’s side have slipped two places to 33rd in the October rankings, overtaken by Ivory Coast and Senegal. Wales, meanwhile, have drawn their last two qualifiers …

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Northampton Will Not Release George North For Wales Vs Australia

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 are gearing up for a bumper November schedule, where they will face Australia, Argentina, Japan and South Africa. The private goal for Rob Howley and the squad will to be to win all four, although it is a major ask. However, the opener against the Wallabies could be getting a bit trickier, as George North will not be released by …

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George North May Not Be Released By Northampton For International Duty

NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 15: George North of Northampton Saints is tackled by Alexandre Dumoulin and Frans Steyn of Montpellier during the European Rugby Champions Cup match between Northampton Saints and Montpellier at Franklin's Gardens October 15, 2016 in Northampton, United Kingdom. (Photo by Tony Marshall/Getty Images)

Northampton winger George North may be ruled out of Wales’ opening November international against Australia, after Northampton backs coach Alan Dickens confirmed that the club have yet to receive contact from the Welsh Rugby Union regarding North’s availability. Current Premiership Rugby Limited rules stipulate that no non-English players will be released to play international games outside of the official World Rugby window with the PRL …

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Rob Howley Announces Wales Squad For Autumn Internationals

WEYBRIDGE, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 13: Wales attack coach Rob Howley talks to the media during a Press Conference at Oatlands Park Hotel on October 13, 2015 in Weybridge, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Wales head coach Rob Howley has announced his squad for the upcoming November internationals. The Welsh have a busy schedule. with Australia, Argentina, Japan and South Africa all coming to Cardiff next month. Howley has named a 36 man squad for the tests, which includes two uncapped players. Continue reading below _____ Make sure to check the latest episode of …

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Chris Ashton Seeks Early Saracens Exit After “Unfair” Treatment

Chris Ashton has been linked with a move to France in recent weeks. Within days of being suspended for biting Alex Waller last month, rumours began circulating suggesting Chris Ashton was looking to leave Saracens. First, The Telegraph linked the 29 year-old winger with a return to rugby league, however such stories were quickly overshadowed by apparent interest from Toulon. …

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World Cup Round-Up: Wales Slip Up, Italy Get Lucky

CARDIFF, UNITED KINGDOM - OCTOBER 09: Tomike Okriashvili of Georgia celebrates his sides first goal during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifier between Wales and Georgia at the Cardiff City Stadium on October 9, 2016 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Harry Trump/Getty Images)

The European World Cup qualifiers continued on Sunday night as three groups played their fourth matches of the campaign. To Group D first, where what was billed as a routine win for Wales against Georgia turned out to be anything but. Gareth Bale put the home side ahead after just nine minutes, but Tornike Okriashvili grabbed a deserved equaliser just before …

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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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Leicester Tigers Join Race To Sign Wales International Fullback

CARDIFF, WALES - FEBRUARY 13: Liam Williams of Wales goes past the challenge from Tommy Seymour of Scotland during the RBS Six Nations match between Wales and Scotland at the Principality Stadium on February 13, 2016 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Liam Williams is a man in demand at present, with the Welsh winger leaving Scarlets this summer. Although he may a crowd favourite at Parc y Scarlets, Liam Williams could be about to turn his back on the Scarlets and join a Premiership club, with Saracens and Leicester Tigers reportedly interested. The fullback has become one of Wales’ most exciting …

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