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WRU Release Statement Following Rob Howley Betting Scandal

The Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) have released a statement confirming that attack coach Rob Howley has been sent home from the World Cup following a betting scandal.  The former scrum-half has been working alongside Gatland with the Welsh national side for the last 11 years with the upcoming World Cup set to be their farewell swansong. Stephen Jones, who was …

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Development Competition To Be Held Between Welsh And Irish Clubs

The IRFU and the WRU have joined forces to launch a new development competition called ‘The Celtic Cup’. The aim of the competition is to introduce emerging professional players to the week-to-week challenges of playing senior rugby. It will run for seven weeks and include development squads from Munster, Connacht, Ulster, Leinster, Cardiff Blues, the Scarlets, the Dragons and Ospreys. IRFU & WRU …

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Leigh Halfpenny Has Finalised His Return To Wales

LEDBURY, ENGLAND - MAY 03: Leigh Halfpenny, a Land Rover ambassador, looks on during a day of off road driving with Land Rover at Eastnor Castle on May 3, 2017 in Ledbury, England. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images for Land Rover)

The long-winded Leigh Halfpenny saga is officially over. The Welsh international has signed a three-year dual contract at Scarlets and the WRU, bringing to an end months of speculation over the back’s future. Wales and Lions full-back Leigh Halfpenny signs for Scarlets on a three-year dual contract with the Welsh Rugby Union after leaving Toulon pic.twitter.com/pygfZOOxA3 — BBC Wales Sport (@BBCWalesSport) …

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WRU Announce Takeover Of Newport Gwent Dragons

The Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) has today announced its intention to takeover the Newport Gwent Dragons (NGD) region, both on and off the field. The WRU already owned 50% of the region, but with NGD struggling to find external investment, the WRU has moved in to formally become the region’s owners. The proposed transaction includes the purchase of the nine-acre …

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“Gatland’s Law In Chaos” As Leigh Halfpenny Looks Set To Turn His Back On Wales [Report]

Scotland v Wales - RBS Six Nations

The protracted transfer saga involving Leigh Halfpenny looks to be coming to a close after French TV station, BFM, reported that the Welsh fullback could sign a new contract with Toulon within the next two weeks. Although Mourad Boudjellal did stress that “nothing is signed”, Toulon’s colourful owner confirmed negotiations are “going well”. BFM believe the three-time European Champions want Halfpenny to …

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Opinion: Headache For Rugby’s Administrators Only Getting Worse After More Concussion Controversy

In the second half of Munster’s crucial European Rugby Champions Cup win over the Glasgow Warriors, scrum-half Conor Murray was on the receiving end of a bad blow to the head. This collision was accidental but still, it was clear with the referee’s reaction that Murray was clearly hurt. This collision was accidental but still, it was clear with the …

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Are Wales Intent On Holding Ireland’s Rugby World Cup Bid To Ransom?

After the IRFU formally launched Ireland’s bid to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup, a wave of momentum seemed to form behind their campaign. Italy immediately dropped out of the race, the South African Rugby Union became embroiled in the political strife that has engulfed the Springboks, and some saw the French bid as coming too soon after they hosted the tournament …

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Wales Give Leigh Halfpenny Deadline To Sign New Contract

Wales v Ireland - RBS Six Nations

Although it has not yet been officially announced, Liam Williams’ impending move to Saracens most rank among rugby’s worst kept secrets. The transfer doesn’t come without risk, as Williams will rely on a wildcard selection if he is to be included in the Welsh squad. This will pit Williams against George North, Jamie Roberts, Taulupe Faletau and possibly even Leigh Halfpenny, Rhys …

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Gatland’s Law In Disarray After Leigh Halfpenny Is Offered Massive New Contract By Toulon

Wales v Australia - International Match

Welsh rugby could be heading toward crisis after Wales Online revealed that Toulon have offered Leigh Halfpenny a “gold-plated package” to remain at the Stade Mayol beyond the end of this season. Although many had expected the fullback to return to Wales this summer, Toulon’s offer might simply be too good to turn down. Indeed, as the French giants are expected …

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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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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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