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Category: Wales rugby union team

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Wales name uncapped wings Holmes and Morgan in autumn internationals squad

• Wales face Scotland, Australia, Tonga and South Africa• Lions return but injured Faletau and Scott Williams missingUncapped wings Jonah Holmes and Luke Morgan have been named in Wales’s autumn Test squad. The 26-year-olds, who play for Leicester and …

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Taulupe Faletau a major doubt for Wales internationals after breaking arm

• Bath No 8 will require surgery and a plate inserted• Faletau played on after suffering injury on FridayTaulupe Faletau is a serious doubt for Wales’s autumn internationals after the Bath director of rugby, Todd Blackadder, confirmed the No 8 has suff…

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Warren Gatland wants to go out on a high with Wales over next 12 months

• ‘I am bricking myself about the next year,’ says head coach• Longest-serving coach feels they have a chance at World CupWarren Gatland may be entering the final year of his contract with Wales but he is determined to go out at the very top and believ…

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Warren Gatland hopes to have Rhys Webb available for Wales at World Cup

• Scrum-half in exile due to WRU rules on overseas players• ‘I would like to think common sense will prevail’Warren Gatland has not abandoned hope of being able to select his Lions scrum-half Rhys Webb for the World Cup next year.Under an agreement bet…

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Rugby union power rankings: All Blacks still No 1 despite rare defeat | Gerard Meagher

A year from the World Cup New Zealand look good for a hat-trick of wins but Ireland, South Africa and Wales are all on the rise with England and Australia heading in the other directionDefeat by South Africa in Wellington reminded the world that the Al…

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Ellis Jenkins: ‘It will ultimately come down to who is playing the best’

The Cardiff Blues flanker faces a tough battle to secure a place in Warren Gatland’s Wales squad as an openside but believes his time spent learning from Sam Warburton will prove beneficialWarren Gatland’s problem in his first two World Cups with Wales…

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Shaun Edwards admits rugby league return with Wigan represents risk

• Club legend will take over as Wigan coach in 2020• Championship side London beat Widnes in QualifiersShaun Edwards admits he is taking a risk by returning to rugby league in 2020 but insists the opportunity to return to Wigan as their coach was too a…

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Shaun Edwards to make league return as Wigan Warriors head coach in 2020

• Wales coach will replace Shaun Wane after 2019 World Cup• Adrian Lam to lead Warriors on interim basis next seasonShaun Edwards will return to rugby league in 2020 as the Wigan head coach after fulfilling his commitments with Wales rugby union side f…

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Sam Warburton was a coach’s dream and will be an enormous loss to Wales | Paul Rees

The youngest player to captain a side at a World Cup has called it a day at 29Sam Warburton was reflecting at the start of last year on how long his career may have to run. He had turned 28 two months before and, while he wistfully thought of still pla…

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Sam Warburton announces shock retirement from rugby union aged 29

• Warburton cites ‘health and wellbeing’ as reason for decision• Wales’ Gatland: ‘It’s disappointing. He’s one of best in world’Sam Warburton, the British & Irish Lions captain for the last two tours, has confirmed his immediate retirement from all…

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Wayne Pivac to succeed Gatland as new Wales coach after the World Cup

New Zealander takes over after next year’s World CupScarlets chief coached Fiji at international levelWayne Pivac will take over as Wales coach when Warren Gatland steps down after next year’s Rugby World Cup, the Welsh Rugby Union has announced.Pivac,…

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State of the rugby nations: Guardian writers’ verdicts on the June Tests

New Zealand are still the team to beat but Ireland’s series win and Wales’ charge up the rankings lay down markers for the northern hemisphere(World rankings as of Mon 25 June; ups and downs calculated from Mon 28 May) Continue reading…

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Wales’ new defeat of Argentina prompts Warren Gatland to scorn England

• Wales win 30-12 in Santa Fe to end summer tour unbeaten • ‘Where we are and where England are is poles apart,’ says coachWarren Gatland rubbed salt into England’s wounds by claiming they and Wales are “poles apart” after his side jumped above Eddie J…

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Warren Gatland has World Cup in mind as Wales face struggling Argentina

• Coach happy to look at bigger picture• Argentina under pressure to win second TestWarren Gatland is approaching the final year of his contract with Wales but is not slipping gently into his goodbye. The longest-serving head coach of a tier-one nation…

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Scarlets coach Wayne Pivac on Wales shortlist to succeed Warren Gatland

• Glasgow’s Dave Rennie also a contender on extensive shortlist• WRU’s Phillips: Wales will not find another coach like GatlandWales insist they will never have another coach like Warren Gatland as they close in on appointing a successor to the New Zea…

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Warren Gatland admits James Davies adds to Wales selection predicament

• Flanker scores his first try for Wales in defeat of Argentina • Gatland: ‘We are very lucky … I’ve got a little bit of a headache’Deep inside San Juan’s Estadio del Bicentenario the Wales head coach could not help but raise a smile. Warren Gatland ha…

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Wales recall Rhys Patchell for first Test against Argentina

• Fly-half lost confidence after being targeted by Eddie Jones • ‘We told him to get back on horse quickly,’ Warren Gatland saidRhys Patchell makes his first start for Wales since his uncomfortable evening at Twickenham in February when the swagger he …

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Warren Gatland warns Lions must arrive earlier for 2021 South Africa tour

• Coach says an extra week is necessary to help avert injury• Wales back-up arrives for Saturday’s Test with ArgentinaWarren Gatland has hit out at Premiership Rugby Limited and warned that British & Irish Lions players face the risk of serious inj…

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South Africa prepare for ‘step up’ against England after late loss to Wales

• Rassie Erasmus says ‘it will be a hell of a series’ in South Africa• Team in Washington was short of 15 internationalsSouth Africa are relishing the chance to heap more misery on Eddie Jones and England in their three-match Test series. The Springbok…

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Ryan Elias’s late try earns Wales win over South Africa in Washington

• South Africa 20-22 Wales• Win is first for Wales over Springboks away from CardiffThis was the match barely anyone in the American capital knew was happening, the Washington Post failing to carry a single word to preview Wales’s clash against South A…