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Jenkins: ‘Ridiculously Good’ Faletau In Line For Wales Return

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)

Wales assistant coach Neil Jenkins has said that Bath number eight Toby Faletau is in line to make his Wales return this weekend after sitting out the last 10 weeks with a knee injury. Faletau suffered the injury on his Bath debut in early September and the Welsh backrower only made his return to rugby last Friday against Bristol, playing 55 …

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Five Players Who Furthered A Case For Lions Inclusion Last Weekend

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)

Another pulsating weekend of international rugby has passed and there were some stand-out ties. As all the talk is surrounding those all important World Cup seedings which will be determined at the end of the season, there is also the back-drop of the scrap to be included in Warren Gatland’s Lions plans. Here, we look at five players who will have …

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The Llanelli V Bath Rugby Ragdoll Mystery Solved

During the Scarlets’ 44-21 victory over Bath Rugby at Parc Y Scarlets two weeks ago, a bizarre-looking ragdoll was seen to be hanging from the crossbar of one set of posts. We here at Pundit Arena had some fans contact us to try and explain the mystery of the ragdoll, and we can reveal the history behind it. This is …

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Watch: FIFA Reveal Ten ‘Goal Of The Year’ Puskas Award Contenders

Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain - November 8: Barcelona's Neymar Jr cellebrating his second score during the football spanish league match between FC Barcelona and Villarreal CF at Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on November 8, 2015 (Photo by Miquel Llop/NurPhoto) (Photo by NurPhoto/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

FIFA has revealed the ten contenders set to battle it out for this year’s Puskas Award. The honour, which will see (among others) Barcelona teammates Neymar and Lionel Messi battle it out for their respective strikes to be crowned the best of 2016. Along with the South American duo, Wales and West Bromwich Albion striker Hal Robson-Kanu is one of the more …

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Ireland And Scotland Rise As World Rugby Release Latest Rankings

DUBLIN, IRELAND - NOVEMBER 19: Sean O'Brien of Ireland (L) gets away from Beau Barrett of New Zealand (R) during the International match between Ireland and New Zealand All Blacks at Aviva Stadium on November 19, 2016 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

The World Rankings are particularly relevant this season, as in a few month’s time they will be used to determine the seedings for the 2019 Rugby World Cup. Therefore, the scraps to finish in the top four and indeed the top eight are intensifying. To this end, there are significant movers in Ireland as Scotland, as they both move into …

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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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Ireland Could Be Set For Huge Jump Up The Fifa World Rankings

Seamus Coleman Ireland

A good year for Ireland is turning into a great year for Ireland. Irish football is in dreamland at present. After going over 14 years between 2001 and 2015 without defeating a higher-ranked opponent in a competitive fixture, the Boys in Green have now vanquished Germany, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Italy and now Austria in little over a year. A thoroughly …

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Football’s British And Irish ‘Lions’ XI

CARDIFF, WALES - NOVEMBER 12: Gareth Bale of Wales (r) in action during the FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier between Wales and Serbia at Cardiff City Stadium on November 12, 2016 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Ireland and Wales are in the same World Cup qualification group, as are England and Scotland. Therefore yet another hypothetical fantasy team is necessary. So, what would football’s equivalent of a British and Irish Lions team look like? Goalkeeper: Fraser Forster (Southampton) A few mistakes don’t make a bad goalkeeper but for Joe Hart the mistakes have kept coming. His …

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World Cup Round-Up: Italy And Spain Enjoy Strong Wins, Wales Held

Spain's defender Ignacio Monreal (C) celebrates with teammates after scoring during the FIFA qualifying Group G football match Spain vs Macedonia at Los Carmenes stadium in Granada, on November 12, 2016. / AFP / JORGE GUERRERO (Photo credit should read JORGE GUERRERO/AFP/Getty Images)

The second wave of European World Cup qualifiers took place on Saturday night, including former world champions Italy and Spain. To Group D first, where the Republic of Ireland took control of the pool with a deserved 1-0 win against Austria (more of which you can read about here and here).  James McClean scored the only goal of the game …

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Andy Goode Column: South Africa Can Take Advantage Of England’s Vulnerabilities

Barbarians v South Africa - Killik Cup

Although Ireland’s performance against New Zealand seemed to set the northern hemisphere nations up for a crack at their distinguished guests from south of the equator, Wales left a lot to be desired last weekend. While Ireland were accurate in everything they did in Chicago, Wales were sloppy against Australia. Their defence was porous and their error count stratospheric. Some …

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With Three Wins From 10 Tests, What’s Gone Wrong For Wales?

CARDIFF, WALES - NOVEMBER 05: Justin Tipuric (l) and Luke Charteris look on dejectedly after another try during the international match between Wales and Australia at the Principality Stadium on November 5, 2016 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Welsh rugby looked in a good place a year ago, with only a late Fourie Du Preez try knocking them out of the 2015 Rugby World Cup at the quarter-finals. But with just three wins in their last 10 tests, what has gone wrong for Wales? Wales were destroyed by Australia at the Principality Stadium on Saturday. Brian Moore, writing …

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Northern Hemisphere Beware: Do Australia Have Their Mojo Back?

Australia Israel Folou

Australia thrashed Wales 32-8 at the Principality Stadium on Saturday, and in truth should have scored more points. They dominated up front and tore Wales to shreds in the backs. So have Australia got their mojo back? Australia looked in the mood right from the off against Wales on Saturday. Indeed, much of their playing style in a one-sided first-half …

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Ireland Rise One Place In Latest World Rugby Rankings Following All Blacks Win

CHICAGO, IL - NOVEMBER 05: Robbie Henshaw of Ireland celebrates with teammates after scoring his team's fifth try during the international match between Ireland and New Zealand at Soldier Field on November 5, 2016 in Chicago, United States. (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)

Ireland”s memorable victory against the All Blacks on Saturday has had a knock-on effect for the world rankings. Joe Schmidt’s side recorded a 40-29 victory against New Zealand – their first ever after 111 years of trying – in a fantastic display in Chicago’s Soldier Field. As a result, Ireland have seen their position rise in the latest World Rugby Rankings – climbing …

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