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Category: Wales rugby union team

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Wales’ Six Nations squad includes Leigh Halfpenny and Thomas Young

• Warren Gatland names 39-strong squad for Six Nations• Taulupe Faletau misses out with confirmed broken armThe Wasps’ flanker Thomas Young has been recalled to the Wales squad for the Six Nations nearly 18 months after winning his two caps. The 26-yea…

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Taulupe Faletau set to miss Wales opener in Six Nations with broken arm

• Bath No 8 returned on Saturday after breaking arm in October• Leigh Halfpenny also set to miss France game with concussionThe Wales No 8 Taulupe Faletau looks set to miss the Six Nations after breaking his arm again, according to reports.Faletau, a B…

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Leigh Halfpenny to miss Six Nations start with concussion symptoms

• Wales full-back still suffering effects of Samu Kerevi hit• Ospreys centre Ben John retires after repeated head injuriesLeigh Halfpenny is expected to miss at least the first two Six Nations matches after being told by a specialist he is at least thr…

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2019, World Cup fever No 3: rugby union hits Japan amid uncertainty

With Ireland threatening New Zealand and a host of new head coaches on the way, 2019 feels a watershed like no otherWorld Cups always feel like watersheds. Eddie Jones has reminded us often enough that everything else is just sparring; that all that ma…

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Premiership issues World Rugby with legal threat as insurance row escalates

• PRL wants major changes in player insurance regulations• Row could affect several nations’ World Cup preparationsPremiership Rugby has threatened World Rugby with legal action in an escalating row over player insurance that is set to hamper a number …

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World Cup squads face wait for Premiership players due to insurance dispute

• Premiership Rugby may hold back players until mid-August• Wales and Scotland among those who would be hardest hitAn insurance wrangle between World Rugby and the Premiership is threatening to severely hamper World Cup preparations for nations such as…

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Gareth Anscombe: ‘Wales are now genuine heavyweights. Warren’s one of the best’

Cardiff Blues fly-half, who faces Saracens in the Champions Cup on Saturday, on Wales’ potentially defining 2019 and the social media abuse that rocked him after his move from New ZealandBeneath the seasonal mistletoe in Wales this Christmas there will…

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Pools of intrigue: how the Rugby World Cup groups stack up | Paul Rees

Now that the autumn internationals have been completed we take a look at the prospects for the opening stage in JapanIreland, Scotland, Japan, Russia, Samoa Continue reading…

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Wales need strong attack to win World Cup, says defence coach Shaun Edwards

• Edwards believes formidable defence alone will not be enough• ‘Last World Cup was attacking, the next will be even more so’Shaun Edwards believes Wales’s formidable defence alone will not be enough to win next year’s World Cup but that the squad are …

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Wales’ Ellis Jenkins heads for knee surgery and may miss rest of the season

• Cardiff confirm Jenkins suffered ‘a significant knee injury’• Flanker received late call-up from bench for South Africa gameThe Wales flanker Ellis Jenkins will require surgery after being hurt during the dying seconds of last week’s victory over Sou…

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Rugby union power rankings: Ireland overtake New Zealand to be top dogs

Our ratings show Ireland are in pole position and New Zealand have slipped back, while Wales and England have made good progress and South Africa and Australia have much work to doSteve Hansen knew what he was doing when anointing Ireland as the world …

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Rugby union: talking points from the final round of autumn Tests

Ireland have much to thank Schmidt for, Italy bear the brunt of All Blacks’ frustrations and Fiji look ominous foes for AustraliaEngland’s autumn ledger reads as follows: P4 W3 L1; tries scored 10, tries conceded six. They have looked both excellent an…

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Liam Williams leads Wales to South Africa win and first clean sweep

• Wales 20-11 South Africa• A ninth successive win is their best run for 19 yearsThey do not count for anything substantial, these autumn internationals, but to complete a clean sweep in such a series for the first time can do Wales no harm at all, wha…

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Wales v South Africa: rugby union international match – live!

Updates from the 5.20pm GMT kick-off at the Principality StadiumWales feeling the pressure of closing gap on born-again SpringboksEmail James or tweet @piercy360 with your thoughts 4.23pm GMT If you want to keep up to speed with what’s happening at Twi…

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Wales feeling the pressure of closing gap on born-again Springboks | Paul Rees

Gatland’s side are keen to continue their fine run against reborn South Africa, who they have already beaten three times in a rowA week after Rassie Erasmus’s final match in charge of Munster last year, South Africa played Ireland in Dublin and suffere…

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Liam Williams in at full-back for Wales against South Africa

• Leigh Halfpenny still recovering from concussion• Williams moves from wing while George North returnsIt is a measure of the faith Warren Gatland has in his revitalised Wales that they will go into an autumn international against a tier-one nation wit…

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Wales’ Leigh Halfpenny ruled out of Springboks match due to concussion

• Scarlets full-back injured in win over Australia on 10 November• Liam Williams could take No 15 shirt for Cardiff showdownLeigh Halfpenny has been ruled out of Wales’ clash against South Africa in Cardiff on Saturday.The Scarlets full-back suffered c…

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South Africa stick with their back-up scrum-halves as De Klerk stays at Sale

• Siya Kolisi escapes with warning after Murrayfield incident• ‘Wales are almost the silent assassin at this stage,’ says ErasmusFaf de Klerk has played a significant role in South Africa’s revival this year, but the scrum-half will again be playing fo…

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Rugby union: talking points from the third round of autumn Tests

Scotland need not be downhearted in defeat but Warren Gatland has an embarrassment of riches with WalesScotland continue to dazzle in attack while being susceptible at the breakdown and in defence. Huw Jones embodied both traits in their 26-20 defeat b…

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Gareth Thomas: ‘A lot of people want to hurt us, but more want to help us heal’ – video

Former Wales rugby union international Gareth Thomas has said he was the victim of a homophobic attack in Cardiff in a video on social media.Thomas, who came out as gay in 2009 two years before fully retiring, has since become a campaigner fo…