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VIDEO: Toby Faletau’s Journey From Tonga To Wales

Born in Tonga in 1990, Toby Faletau always showed promise as a youngster. This brilliant BBC mini-documentary tracks his journey from the Pacific Island to stepping out onto the turf of Cardiff’s Millenium Stadium as an Welsh international. Recognised as one of the best Number 8s in World Rugby, Faletau is aiming to steer Wales through their World Cup pool and …

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Republic Of Ireland At 62 In Latest FIFA World Rankings

The Republic of Ireland have reached their highest FIFA ranking position this calendar year, now sitting in 62nd.  Equatorial Guinea, Zambia and South Africa are now all just ahead of the Boys in Green. Peru and Australia follow Ireland in 63rd and 64th respectively. Ireland have played just one game so far this year – a 1-1 draw at home …

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At This Rate Leigh Halfpenny Is Going To Run Out Of Teeth

Leigh Halfpenny may have an ERCC trophy to show off following yesterday’s victory for Toulon but he won’t have many teeth left by the time retirement comes around at this rate.  He’s given a little extra again @LeighHalfpenny1 for the game.. Now he smiles like a piano pic.twitter.com/V8dlzVJP8V — Matt Giteau (@giteau_rugby) May 3, 2015 Halfpenny scored 14 of Toulon’s 26 points as …

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Five George North Wonder Tries

The Welsh winger has been in the news for the wrong reasons in recent times. Rugby is at the centre of a concussion scandal and North has been right at the heart of it all. Here we digress from concussion talk and look back at some of the good, if not great, moments of George North’s career as we look …

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Video: Real Madrid’s Bale Nets Unstoppable Free-Kick vs Israel

Gareth Bale proved last night that his game is not only scintillating for his club side Real Madrid but he is also doing it for Wales, scoring two goals last night. The 25-year-old cracked home this free-kick to double Wales’ lead after Aaron Ramsey had put Chris Coleman’s side ahead. Bale also scored Wales’ third and final goal on the night. Wales …

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2015 Six Nations Team of the Tournament

Our team of the tournament for the 2015 Six Nations   The convulsions have stopped. For those of us who sat through the three enthralling games that brought the 2015 6 Nations championship to an end, it may just be possible to breathe in a normal rhythm again. After 15 fixtures over eight weeks, Ireland have retained their trophy, the …

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Points Difference A Dangerous Game For Ireland

Ireland need points, no doubt. But they must respect their Scottish opposition first and foremost.    Ireland travel to Murrayfield tomorrow in search of a second consecutive 6 Nations championship. Straight after proceedings in Edinburgh, the nation will switch over to ‘Le Crunch’, in prayer for a competitive French performance in London. Yes, we know the permutations at this stage. …

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3 Battles Ireland Must Dominate To Retain The Six Nations

It’s going to be a bloody points-scoring arms race this Saturday if Ireland are to emerge as Six Nations Champions.  The starting grid is staggered but the finishing line is very much in view. After a slow burner of a start to the championship, things seriously heated up in last weekend’s penultimate round of fixtures. Ireland and Wales played out …

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Jack McGrath – Ireland’s Unsung Hero?

Brian Barry discusses whether or not Jack McGrath has become Ireland’s unsung hero throughout this Six Nations championship.  In the run-up to the Autumn internationals, Irish players were dropping like flies, and hopes of a November clean sweep quickly dwindled. Each day, it seemed as if a new first-team player was ruled out. Injuries to Seán O’Brien and Rory Best left …

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How Wales Vs Ireland Will Be Won And Lost

Ireland are coming up against a very different side in Wales to the ones they have brushed aside so far.    Next stop for the Irish bandwagon is Cardiff on the journey to this year’s World Cup. Buoyed by a comprehensive victory over England two weeks ago, the cult-like belief in Joe Schmidt is the only rise parallel to the …

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What Would A Lions XV in 2015 Look Like?

Here at Pundit Arena HQ, to say we’re heartbroken on a weekend with no Six Nations action is a bit of an understatement.   And as any rugby fan knows, there is no better way to pass the time than to sit down and ponder what would a Lions team look like if there was a tour this year. Fullback: …

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Ireland 19-9 England: 5 Alternative Talking Points

With Ireland recording a crucial 19-9 Six Nations victory over England this weekend, Brian Barry discusses five alternative talking points from the clash at the Aviva Stadium. 5. Second phase failure It is part of the Joe Schmidt blueprint to keep things tight, stick to the plan, and take scoring chances when they arise. This does not always guarantee tries. A …

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The Story of James Hook’s Neglected Talent

So far in 2015, Wales are looking like a team in desperate need of some creativity. Their over-reliance on power running and high kicking has left them without a ‘Plan B’, if a team like England matches them physically. More than ever, they need a creative spark. Alan Dempsey contends that James Hook is that spark.   For many years …

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Rhys Webb: Key To Welsh Ambition

Rhys Webb has fought his way into Warren Gatland’s plans. Tonight he can put doubts to bed, as he faces a massive challenge in the form of England. Brian Barry ponders if he can drive Wales to a 6 Nations title.   While it may have gone somewhat unnoticed during the November internationals, there was a seismic shift in the half-backs …

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6 Nations: Welsh Dragon To Roar

Wales look set to make amends for last season’s dismal away form. But it still won’t be enough to take the Grand Slam back to Cardiff.    Warren Gatland’s men headed into last season’s competition with a chance of becoming the first ever team to win three outright championship’s in-a-row. However, the men in red endured a disappointing tournament with …

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Jason Koumas: Back Where It All Began At Tranmere

It may come as a surprise to many that Jason Koumas is back playing football regularly, now plying his trade in League Two with Tranmere Rovers. Tranmere is also the club where it all started for Koumas back in the late 1990s before going onto make over 90 appearances in the Premier League with Wigan and West Brom. Koumas came out of …

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Autumn Internationals Report Card: Wales

Raffaele Rocca reflects on Wales’ performances over the course of the Autumn internationals series. Wales were outdone in the two games against Australia and New Zealand, they unconvincingly defeated Fiji and ground out a victory over South Africa.  Record: W2 D0 L2 Grade: C.  Wales opened with a defeat to their bogey team Australia in a close affair that Wales ultimately surrendered …

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Rugby: Who’s Hot & Who’s Not

It’s time for this week’s edition of ‘Who’s Hot and Who’s Not’. Matt Cassidy looks at the positives and negatives of the weekend’s rugby action. Who’s Hot Ireland What a win! Rewind 12 months and the men in green were being taken to town by the Wallabies. Fast forward to the present and the Irish side produce a performance against an …

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