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Wales players ‘know where we stand’ on rugby integrity issues

Squad given integrity briefing after Howley exit‘It’s been difficult … a bit of a shell shock to the boys’Wales players were given an integrity briefing the morning after news broke Rob Howley had been sent home from the Rugby World Cup for a suspect…

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Wales players ‘know where we stand’ on rugby integrity issues

Squad given integrity briefing after Howley exit‘It’s been difficult … a bit of a shell shock to the boys’Wales players were given an integrity briefing the morning after news broke Rob Howley had been sent home from the Rugby World Cup for a suspect…

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Wales focus returns to pitch with brutal training session before Georgia match

Team seek to move on from Rob Howley’s departurePlayers enjoy best session since arriving in JapanWales players went hell for leather in training on Wednesday night in a bid to put the investigation into Rob Howley’s suspected breach of betting regulat…

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Warren Gatland must plough on regardless amid Wales turmoil | Paul Rees

Wales have been able to call on a ready-made replacement for Rob Howley but pre-World Cup upheaval rarely bodes wellWarren Gatland had planned a farewell with his coaching team in Dublin after the World Cup, sampling a few drops of the black stuff to m…

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Wales attempt to steady ship after Rob Howley bombshell at Rugby World Cup

WRU knew about suspected betting breach a week agoThe ‘devastated’ assistant coach has returned homeThe Welsh Rugby Union have revealed they were first made aware of Rob Howley’s suspected breach of World Rugby’s betting regulations last Wednesday foll…

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Rob Howley: a successful player and coach who struggled to win hearts

The Wales attack coach, who has been sent home over betting claims, has rarely enjoyed public popularity“The future can wait,” were the final words Rob Howley uttered in the last interview he gave as Wales’s attack coach, the day after the World Cup sq…

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Wales’s Rob Howley sent home from World Cup amid betting allegations

Howley’s exit follows alleged breach of World Rugby regulationsStephen Jones to join squad in Japan as attack coachWales’s World Cup campaign has been thrown into disarray after their assistant head coach, Rob Howley, was sent home from the tournament …

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Scotland strive to avoid World Cup slip-ups with shampoo-soaked balls

Thunderstorm forecast for Scotland v Ireland game15,000 people turn up for Wales open training sessionScotland have brushed up their act before Sunday’s wet and wild World Cup opener with Ireland – by practising with balls soaked in shampoo. Gregor Tow…

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Rugby World Cup 2019: Wales team guide

Hardness and solidity mark out Warren Gatland’s side but injuries and absences leave them exposed Continue reading…

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England’s Joe Cokanasiga and Mark Wilson are doubts for World Cup opener

• Both players miss full training in Japan with knee injuries• Jamie Ritchie to miss Scotland’s opener against IrelandJoe Cokanasiga and Mark Wilson have emerged as potential doubts for England’s opening match of the World Cup against Tonga next Sunday…

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Wales find voice under Gatland but must now compose a hymn

Tour of New Zealand in 2016 was the beginning of Wales’s journey to becoming serious contenders for Rugby World CupWales and the World Cup have not always been the easiest of fits. Every one of the teams from the old Five Nations has made the knockout …

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Brave new world: Japan braces for ‘anything-can-happen’ World Cup | Robert Kitson

The defending champions New Zealand look mortal and the chasing pack sense the opportunity to lift the Webb Ellis CupThe sumo wrestlers of Japan will have competition for the next seven weeks. Suddenly there will be big men everywhere, blocking out the…

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Simply the best? Can Ireland and Wales live up to top billing at World Cup? | Paul Rees

Ireland and Wales have both topped the world rankings but might the Celtic threat come from a less likely source?The chapter on the Celts in the history of the World Cup is one of the shortest. Wales have made two semi-finals, double the number of Scot…

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Wales’s Alun Wyn Jones hopes World Cup will not be scarred by red cards

• ‘We will talk about tackle laws because it is an issue’• Jones getting ready for his fourth World CupAlun Wyn Jones leads Wales on to the plane bound for Tokyo on Wednesday for his fourth World Cup, hoping that a tournament he believes is wide open w…

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Wales’ Rhys Patchell may miss World Cup after suffering another concussion

• Fly-half sustained injury during warm-up defeat in Ireland• Wales already missing another No 10, Gareth AnscombeRhys Patchell may not play in the World Cup even if he travels to Japan with the Wales squad on Wednesday after suffering his fourth concu…

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Ireland top rankings after Wales are worn down and suffer fly-half blow

• World Cup warm-up: Ireland 19-10 Wales• Wales’ Rhys Patchell could face absence after head injuryIreland leave for Japan on Wednesday on top of the world rankings after their most grindingly efficient performance since they defeated New Zealand last …

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Ireland v Wales: Rugby World Cup warm-up match – live!

Updates from the 2pm BST match at the Aviva StadiumRhys Patchell: ‘It’s a long time since I’ve been this excited’Email Lee or tweet @bloodandmud with your thoughts 2.07pm BST 5 mins. Very nearly a try for Wales. From the scrum Wales shape to go left bu…

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Joe Schmidt ignores fuss over Ireland’s Kleyn to focus on last World Cup hurrah

• Head coach unfazed by Agustín Pichot criticism of selection• ‘Pichot has big opinions, but they are not relevant’Lost in the din over the inclusion of the newly-qualified second row Jean Kleyn in Ireland’s World Cup squad rather than the second row s…

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Wales’s Rhys Patchell: ‘It’s a long time since I have been this excited’ | Paul Rees

The outside-half on the long road back from injuries and his optimism about Wales’s World Cup chances after making the cutRhys Patchell takes his time before settling on the word to describe his feelings after learning this week that he was going to th…

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Sexton back for Ireland as Wales turn to Patchell for final World Cup warm-up

• Sexton returns after missing last three matches• Patchell starts at fly-half for first time this yearJohnny Sexton returns to the Ireland side against Wales in Dublin on Saturday after missing the first three World Cup warm-up matches because of inju…