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Category: Wales rugby union team

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Six Nations united in change and ready to attack new challenges | Andy Bull

Championship is set to thrill with the coaches and players seeking to evolve after the World CupIt is just under three months since the World Cup, little enough that a lot of players and coaches are still reckoning with where it went wrong, long enough…

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Wayne Pivac set to give Wales more exciting style of Six Nations play | Paul Rees

Head coach gets underway with licence to foster a more expansive type of game over the next few weeksThe last time Wales hired a former policeman as head coach he used the skills he had learned on the beat in New Zealand to trap a player who claimed to…

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The new faces who can make an impact at the 2020 Six Nations

Four of the sides have a change of coach and there are plenty of new players waiting to make an impactGeorge Furbank (England) Continue reading…

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Shaun Edwards: ‘I sensed France really wanted me. That’s why I went’

France’s defence coach discusses why he left Wales, sidestepped Wigan and would like to work for EnglandShaun Edwards’s French is coming along fine. “I wouldn’t be able to have a long conversation,” he says, “but I’ve got all the rugby words.” And that…

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Six Nations 2020: how will your team perform this year?

Will Wales retain the title? Will England live up to their tag as favourites? And is there any hope for Italy?Wales go into the first match of this year’s Six Nations as defending champions, having dethroned Ireland at the Millennium Stadium on the fin…

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England dogged by domestic woes as Six Nations rivals talk up new eras | Robert Kitson

Four of the six sides under new management struck an upbeat note at launch while England grapple with Saracens falloutFive of the teams at the Six Nations launch at a chilly Tobacco Dock in London’s Wapping could be heard talking an upbeat game. Irelan…

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Alun Wyn Jones can make a fifth World Cup, says Wales’ Jonathan Humphreys

• Captain ‘has such an influence on teams,’ says forwards coach• Martyn Phillips to step down as WRU chief executive Alun Wyn Jones will turn 38 when the 2023 World Cup starts, but Jonathan Humphreys expects the Wales captain to be competing in what wo…

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Wayne Pivac names four Premiership players in Wales’ Six Nations squad

• Nick Tompkins among uncapped quartet chosen from England• ‘We are pretty excited with the group we have got’ says PivacWayne Pivac has raided England for his first Six Nations squad, naming four uncapped Premiership players among the 38 who will defe…

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Siya Kolisi’s inspiring example wins deserved acclaim from rugby scribes | Robert Kitson

South Africa’s World Cup winning captain is one of six uplifting figures to receive awards from the Rugby Union Writers’ ClubIn central London on Monday night the assembled cast of almost 500 guests was a typically eclectic one. It always is at the ann…

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Louis Rees-Zammit signs up to new long-term contract for Gloucester

• Move comes ahead of expected Wales call-up for 18-year-old• Mark Jones agrees deal to become Crusaders’ defence coachGloucester have moved to secure the future of their 18-year old wing Louis Rees-Zammit, who is expected to be named in Wales’s squad …

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James Hook to retire and consider becoming full-time children’s author

Back won 81 caps for Wales across 16-year careerHas already written a series of books for childrenFormer Wales back James Hook has announced he will retire at the end of the season and is giving consideration to become a full-time children’s author.Hoo…

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Sam Warburton: ‘I want to be king of the jungle. But I’ve got zero credibility as a coach’

Wales’ first-ever specialist breakdown coach wants the team to thrive on the pressure of their status as grand slam champions – and prioritise coolness and efficiency over sheer work-rateThe woodburner just over his right shoulder is warming the room n…

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My blueprint for 2020: more diversity, salary cap clarity and Six Nations swagger | Ugo Monye

Rugby has much to build on after a thrilling year but clarity on calendars and wages is needed plus more attacking gameplansAt the very top of my agenda for the new year is a commitment to everyone involved in the game in this country to build on the e…

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The Breakdown | Leicester Tigers are like Arsenal – stuck in the past desperate for reinvention

Resources and reputation mean little at the end of the decade in rugby union – no one is too big to fail“Our story is not an imaginary adventure.” They are the concluding words in a short history of Lourdes Football Club on its website, although the ru…

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Rob Howley says sorry for betting on rugby while he ‘battled demons’

Former Wales attack coach is banned from rugby until June 2020Howley reveals struggles in dealing with his sister’s tragic deathRob Howley has apologised for breaching rugby union’s betting rules as he “battled his demons” following his sister’s death….

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Rob Howley banned from rugby for 18 months after placing bets on Wales

Howley used WRU mobile and email to place online betsBan relates to 363 bets over 45 months – some on Wales teamAttack coach can return on 16 June with half of ban suspendedThe former Wales attack coach, Rob Howley, has been banned from rugby union for…

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Sports Personality of the Year: our writers on the six contenders

Ben Stokes produced two match-winning innings but Dina Asher-Smith made history and Lewis Hamilton got title No 6Stride by stride, second by second, Dina Asher-Smith had a 2019 for the ages. To win one world athletics medal would have been staggering e…

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Wales hold on to beat Barbarians in Warren Gatland’s goodbye

• Wales 43-33 Barbarians• Josh Adams and Ken Owens scored two tries eachWarren Gatland’s final farewell to Wales started with boos and finished with booze. In between were cheers for the New Zealander whose 12 years as the national side’s head coach tr…

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Barbarians coach Rachel Taylor: ‘It’s going to be surreal facing Wales’

The former Wales captain on the welcome challenges of preparing the Barbarians, understanding what makes players tick and the growing potential of the women’s game“We were having some good conversations this week, Warren Gatland and I,” says Rachel Tay…

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Wayne Pivac inherits a happy Wales camp but honeymoon will be brief

New Zealander is versed in Welsh rugby culture but says squad have still had plenty of learning to do for Barbarians gameThe sacking of Unai Emery by Arsenal, one day before Wayne Pivac’s first match as Wales’s head coach against the Barbarians, was an…