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Category: Wales rugby union team

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Depleted Wales swept aside by improving Argentina

• Wales 11-33 Argentina• Visitors win two-Test series following last week’s drawWales finish the summer with a full house of results. A win, a draw and a loss, in that order, might not feel like progress, but it is as much as anything a reflection of t…

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Jarrod Evans misses last-gasp penalty after Wales fight back against Argentina

Wales 20-20 ArgentinaWales were 20-6 behind in second half against 14-man visitorsWales missed a last-minute penalty in their draw 20-20 with an Argentina side who had been reduced to 14 men for most of the match in the first of two tests at the Princi…

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Japan give Ireland a scare while Tonga feel full force of All Blacks

Carbery seals 39-31 win for Ireland over JapanTonga suffer 102-0 mauling by New ZealandAt this time of year the so-called tier-two nations step on to the stage and so are triggered the latest debates about their role and future. Islands in the Pacific,…

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John Dawes obituary

Adventurous rugby union captain who led Wales, the British Lions and the Barbarians to inspirational successes Although he was surrounded by some of the greatest players in the history of rugby union, John Dawes, who has died aged 80, seldom made the h…

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John Dawes, Wales and British & Irish Lions legend, dies aged 80

Captained Lions to only series victory over New Zealand in 1971Also captained and coached Wales to grand slam gloryWales and British & Irish Lions legend John Dawes has died at the age of 80 following a period of ill health.Dawes famously led the L…

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Like a push-start taxi, my career covering rugby has gone from one breakdown to another | Paul Rees

For his final Observer report, our stalwart writer offers his reflections on decades covering a sport rich in drama and spectacle but that now stands at a crossroadsThe car was a cross between a Lada and a Trabant, a cut-and-shut probably. It was parke…

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‘We wanted to make a nation proud’: Wayne Pivac dedicates Six Nations title to Welsh people – video

The head coach Wayne Pivac dedicated his side’s Six Nations title to ‘the people of Wales’ after his side clinched the title following Scotland’s win in Paris on Friday night. Wales lost to France at Stade de France last weekend, missing out on the gra…

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‘Record breaking’: Scotland’s Six Nations win is their first in Paris since 1999 – video

Scotland were elated to achieve a first win in Paris since 1999 on Friday, grabbing a late 27-23 victory at Stade de France in the Six Nations, while Les Bleus fell well short of the big bonus-point win they needed for the title.An added-time try by Du…

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Wales erupted to seize the moment in a Six Nations unlike any other | Paul Rees

This manic and beguiling tournament gave little clue about what will happen next, least of all about Eddie Jones’ futureAutumn austerity turned into a spring splurge. It was as if players felt liberated outside their Covid bubble, prisoners of the pand…

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Wayne Pivac savours Wales’s Six Nations title after Scotland’s victory

Coach delighted after France’s defeat made them champions‘We knew we could cause upset,’ says Scotland’s Stuart HoggThe Wales head coach, Wayne Pivac, was left to bask in the glory of a first Six Nations title since taking charge after Scotland’s last-…

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‘Win first’: France focus on result with Six Nations on line against Scotland

Les Bleus must win by 21 points or more to deny WalesScotland have the tightest defence in the tournamentIt is International Waffle Day on Thursday and, just in case it is not marked in the diary, the French Rugby Federation provided a timely reminder …

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Who did enough in the Six Nations to make Gatland’s Lions squad? | Robert Kitson

Though the tour’s destination remains up in the air, plenty of options have emerged for the head coach’s party of 36Every four years, whenever the Six Nations concludes, hope springs eternal. If a British & Irish Lions tour was scheduled to depart …

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Six Nations: talking points from the weekend’s action | Paul Rees

France denied Wales a grand slam but Pivac has plenty to cheer, while England, Ireland and Scotland have much to ponderThe grand slam was snatched from them at the last after they had forced France to dig to the bottom. The disappointment will linger b…

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Wales players receive online abuse after Six Nations loss in France

Sam Warburton tweets in defence of Liam WilliamsWRU and France Rugby condemn abuseRugby chiefs have condemned online abuse targeted at Wales players after their Six Nations grand slam dreams were ended.Wayne Pivac’s men slipped to a 32-30 defeat in Par…

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Sensational Saturday showed this has been no ordinary Six Nations | Robert Kitson

A last-gasp France try to halt a grand slam and 14-man Ireland overcoming England were two highlights from an eventful dayA brief glance at the Six Nations table confirms it has been no ordinary championship. At one end of the scale England have had th…

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Wales will need stability to build on this year’s Six Nations successes | Paul Rees

Boom has turned to bust for Wales in the past, so Wayne Pivac will need time, and his veterans to stagger their retirementsA feature of Wales in the 20 years before the arrival of Warren Gatland as head coach at the end of 2007 was that when they manag…

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Wales’ grand old totem Alun Wyn Jones remains a man for big occasions | Andy Bull

The veteran captain belied his years yet again in defeat and seems to be made of something tougher than flesh and boneThree minutes to play, Wales are three points up, and down to 13 men. France, who have just scored their third try, have the ball in t…

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France v Wales: visitors chase Six Nations grand slam – live!

Six Nations updates from the 8pm GMT kick-off in ParisScotland 52-10 Italy: Azzurri fall to another Six Nations routAnd feel free to email Lee or tweet him @bloodandmud 6.39pm GMT It’s the Grand Slam game! Welcome to Paris for our coverage of Wales’s l…

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Six Nations heads into Super Saturday that may not bring title winner | Robert Kitson

Will there be final twist or another whole chapter in a tournament that could yet morph into Frantic Friday?When the 2021 Six Nations schedule was initially released it was popularly assumed the pivotal “Super Saturday” fixture would kick off at tea-ti…

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Unheralded Wayne Pivac leads Wales to threshold of unlikely grand slam | Paul Rees

Coach blooded a number of players in the autumn series and has mentally refreshed those who delivered for Warren GatlandWhen the Welsh Rugby Union drew up a list of criteria as it started the search for Warren Gatland’s successor as the national side’s…