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Category: Wales rugby union team

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Wales ring the changes for summer Tests in US and Argentina

• All but two Welsh Lions rested with World Cup in mind• Scotland name six new players for USA, Canada and ArgentinaWales have rested all but two of their 12 players who toured New Zealand with the Lions last year for next month’s game against South Af…

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George North finally plumps for move to Ospreys from next season

• Northampton and Lions wing to move on after five years• Gloucester must wait for Challenge Cup confirmationIt took him five months to make up his mind but the British & Irish Lions wing George North will be joining Ospreys next season after signi…

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George North finally plumps for move to Ospreys from next season

• Northampton and Lions wing to move on after five years• Gloucester must wait for Challenge Cup confirmationIt took him five months to make up his mind but the British & Irish Lions wing George North will be joining Ospreys next season after signi…

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Scarlets’ James Davies: ‘I’d rather have fun than be boring and have more Welsh caps’

The Welsh club hope their openside flanker’s rugby skills will be as sharp as his comic timing when they meet Leinster in Saturday’s European Champions Cup semi-finalNot since Llanelli’s fabled win over the All Blacks in 1972 has west Wales felt so muc…

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Wales open talks with Wayne Pivac about succeeding Warren Gatland

• Scarlets coach confirms initial discussions with WRU• Manu Tuilagi’s hopes of England tour rest on LeicesterThe Scarlets coach, Wayne Pivac, has confirmed he has held talks with the Welsh Rugby Union with a view to replacing Warren Gatland as Wales h…

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Scarlets’ Aaron Shingler: ‘I need to keep pressing for World Cup place’

A year ago Aaron Shingler’s Wales career looked over. Now, as Scarlets prepare to face La Rochelle in the Champions Cup quarter-final, his challenge is to stay in Warren Gatland’s plansAaron Shingler was one of Wales’s standout players in the Six Natio…

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Six Nations 2018 verdict: Guardian writers on their highs and lows

The players of the tournament, the outstanding matches, best and worst moments and team of the championshipRobert Kitson: Conor Murray. Epitomises the team Ireland have become: classy, smart, consistent, strong, versatile. Probably the world’s best scr…

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Second place in the Six Nations is no reason for Wales to pop any corks

• ‘We were happy to win ugly against France,’ says Taulupe Faletau• Coach Warren Gatland must explore new ideas on tour of AmericasLike all the coaches bar Joe Schmidt, like all the teams bar Ireland, Warren Gatland and Wales finished the Six Nations C…

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From Ireland’s win to England’s loss, the Six Nations was settled in Paris | Paul Rees

Ireland and England’s campaigns were summed up by their final few seconds in the French capital, with Ireland surging to victory and England losing after a fumble at the breakdownThe outcome of the 2018 Six Nations was settled in Paris. It was where Jo…

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Wales scramble into second spot after Liam Williams try subdues France

• Wales 14-13 FranceRarely have a side clinched second place in the Six Nations with less conviction. Wales were outplayed for vast tracts of this game, but are indebted to France for allowing them not only to stay in the game but to hold the lead for …

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Wales v France: Six Nations – live!

Six Nations updates from the tournament finaleScotland snatch victory over Italy with late penaltyAnd email Niall here or tweet him here, if you fancy 9.44pm GMT The Six Nations comes to a close in Cardiff, but the tournament’s final match may lack a t…

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Warren Gatland calculates risks as Wales look to absorb France blows | Paul Rees

Coach laces abandon with pragmatism in Six Nations against French side who rely on power and straight-line runningPoints make prize money in the Six Nations. The title may have gone west but the cost to the Welsh Rugby Union of defeat against France in…

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Embarrassing Eddie Jones comments could have long-term consequences | Robert Kitson

England head coach may have compromised his Lions future with his ill-judged, unfunny remarks about Ireland and WalesIt is just under two months since Eddie Jones signed a two-year contract extension as England head coach until 2021. His team had …

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Dan Biggar returns at fly-half as Warren Gatland makes seven Wales changes

• Captain Alun Wyn Jones returns for home match against France • Mathieu Bastareaud to lead France after Guilhem Guirado injuryWarren Gatland has made seven changes to Wales’ starting lineup for Saturday’s Six Nations finale against France in Cardiff.A…

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Liam Williams may face France despite sin-binning and withdrawal against Italy

• Wales full-back was substituted immediately after time in sin-bin• Warren Gatland says player must retain but control his emotionsLiam Williams is in contention to face France in Cardiff on Saturday despite being substituted at the end of his period …

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Six Nations: talking points from the weekend’s action

France must not get carried after beating England, while Ireland will need to bolster their defence at TwickenhamWhen the post-match debate centres on whether England were poorer in Murrayfield or Paris, there is definitely trouble at mill. They never …

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Joe Schmidt sets sights on grand slam after Ireland secure Six Nations title

• Schmidt incredibly relieved to have championship in the bag• Gregor Townsend felt Scotland were miles ahead of recent showingThey are champions, but the real business awaits at Twickenham. Ireland went through that curious half-climax on Saturday of …

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George North the star of the show as Wales coast past Italy

• Wales 38-14 Italy• North bags two tries in win that puts Wales second in tableWales moved to second in the table with an ultimately comfortable victory over Italy, who suffered their 16th successive Six Nations reverse and will scoop the wooden spoon…

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Wales v Italy: Six Nations – live!

Live updates from the 3pm GMT kick-offEmail Tom here or tweet him here with your thoughts 2.03pm GMT They line up thusly:Wales: L Williams; North, Watkin, Parkes, S Evans; Anscombe, G Davies; Smith, Dee, Francis, Hill, B. Davies, Tipuric, J. Davies, Fa…

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Owen Watkin swaggers into Warren Gatland’s free-running Wales reboot

The young centre’s bravado and footballing instincts epitomise coach’s free-running tactical shift for the game against ItalyMum has not been the word in the Wales camp in the build-up to Sunday’s Mother’s Day match against Italy at the Principality St…