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Author Archive for Paul Rees

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Eddie Jones says he has unfinished business as England head coach

Australian extends contract to end of 2023 Rugby World CupRFU will know about Japan summer tour by the end of April Coronavirus – latest updates | See all our coronavirus coverageEngland will know by the end of the month whether the summer tour to Japa…

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The Breakdown | Vive la différence: French rugby tome still resonates 60 years on

The Rise of French Rugby, written in 1960, offers insights into the Gallic game as it was then, and partly still is nowSixty years ago, two writers decided on a book explaining the history and unique features of French rugby before the national side’s …

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The Breakdown | Vive la différence: French rugby tome still resonates 60 years on

The Rise of French Rugby, written in 1960, offers insights into the Gallic game as it was then, and partly still is nowSixty years ago, two writers decided on a book explaining the history and unique features of French rugby before the national side’s …

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Australia may cancel autumn tour to Europe because of coronavirus

Chief executive: ‘We may call off tour to reschedule Super Rugby’Move may free up time to finish Six NationsAustralia have warned that tours to Europe in November may be sacrificed if the shutdown caused by the coronavirus pandemic extends, a move that…

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My favourite game: Cardiff v Coventry at Cardiff Arms Park, 1972

Barry John, a mixture of Machiavelli and Napoleon, bamboozled and outplayed one of the strongest clubs in Britain with his match-winning brillianceThere are many images of Barry John, but a personal favourite is of the outside-half sitting on the ball …

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World Rugby readying plan to save nations from financial collapse

Tier one Test calendar takes priority as it generates most moneySummer and autumn tour contingencies being consideredWorld Rugby is drawing up an action plan to ensure leading unions do not go to the wall as the financial impact of coronavirus starts t…

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The Breakdown | Rugby in Wales has survived mass shutdown before and will again

After a religious revival brought rugby to a close in the Principality 116 years ago it returned stronger as it will this time Sport has shut down all over the world as countries look to contain the spread of coronavirus. There was an attempt 116 years…

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Optimism flows for Premiership despite shutdown’s financial pressure

There are more quesitons than answers for how rugby will resume but top tier clubs are taking necessary action to survive At a time when the domestic season in Europe should be gathering pace, rugby has ground to a halt. There will be no more matches i…

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Premiership clubs to release Welsh, Scots and Italians if Six Nations restarts

Usual restrictions outside Test windows will not applyWales v Scotland and two Italy matches to be rescheduledWales, Scotland and Italy will be able to select full-strength teams if their postponed Six Nations matches are rearranged later this year wit…

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The Breakdown | Six Nations 2020: highlights of a tournament put on hold

From France’s new stars to the architects of Scotland’s improvement, some gongs for an unfinished Six NationsThe Six Nations, like the rest of rugby throughout the world, has been suspended because of the coronavirus outbreak but, with no action to loo…

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Months not weeks before rugby resumes in Wales, warns WRU

Union expects significant financial lossCall for joint plan for remainder of seasonThe Welsh Rugby Union has warned its clubs it is likely to be “months rather than weeks” before the season resumes in Europe and expects to make a substantial financial …

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Premiership Rugby suspended for five weeks over coronavirus pandemic

Heineken Cup and Challenge Cup also suspended‘The safety of our fans and staff is our first priority’The Gallagher Premiership has been suspended for five weeks, next month’s Heineken European Champions Cup and Challenge Cup quarter-finals have been po…

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Wales v Scotland Six Nations match called off 24 hours before kick-off

Decision due to coronavirus announced during captains’ runsWRU says ‘postponement became the only viable option’The Welsh Rugby Union called off Saturday’s Six Nations tie against Scotland 24 hours before the kick-off to fall in line with other sports …

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The Breakdown | Rugby’s values ring hollow if Eddie Jones escapes action over referee rant

The Rugby Football Union says respect is a core value – so why the silence over Eddie Jones’s broadside aimed at Ben O’Keeffe?When Peter Wheeler, then the chief executive of Leicester, used a newspaper column to criticise the referee Steve Lander for s…

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Wales’ Neil Jenkins: rugby has no place actions like Joe Marler’s

It’s not what we want in the game, says assistant coachWales preparing for Scotland’s visit on SaturdayNeil Jenkins does not think Wales’s defeat at Twickenham was a dirty game despite England having Manu Tuilagi sent off and two forwards cited, but he…

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Six Nations: what we learned from the weekend the French dream died

The scoreline at Twickenham flattered Wales, while France were pragmatic in pursuit of bonus points rather than chasing the grand slam as the clock wound down at MurrayfieldMuch was made in the build-up of the intention of both sides to play with an ed…

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France ‘can see the sun again’ in Six Nations but remain wary of Scotland | Paul Rees

Les Bleus go to Murrayfield with the grand slam in reach and Gaël Fickou says they now have the tools to challenge the bestFrance have arrived in the danger zone. A team that were treated dismissively by Eddie Jones at the start of the Six Nations, wer…

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Wales stay in the present and prepare to meet England threat head-on

Wayne Pivac’s side need to find Gatland-type grit as they seek to avert third successive Six Nations loss for the first time since 2007A year ago Wales were on course for a third grand slam in 11 years. This weekend, with their title defence all but ov…

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The Breakdown | Wayne Pivac needs to shed Mr Nice Guy image if Wales are to prosper

Wales need to evolve after the tactical austerity of the Gatland era but must keep the abrasiveness that brought successLeo Durocher was a baseball coach who made Eddie Jones look like the what-hoing Bertie Wooster. Known as Leo the Lip, he managed the…

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Wales have to match England physically and silence crowd, says Moriarty

Wales flanker braced for tough test at TwickenhamMoriarty played for England at u-18 and u-20 levelsWales have been trying to open up this season after 12 years of Warrenball but they will be getting physical against England as they seek a first Six Na…