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Sam Underhill helps England find a way to pass Welsh examination | Andy Bull

England’s No 7 showed flair with the ball in hand as Eddie Jones’s men mixed brawn and skill to overcome WalesBy day Parc y Scarlets doesn’t look much. And on an endless stretch of a dull grey day like Saturday, it looks even less, an empty, unpreposse…

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Johnny Williams’ fire and thunder gives Wales a respite from the gloom | Robert Kitson

Despite defeat to England in the Autumn Nations Cup, Wayne Pivac can be cheered by his side’s gutsy displayBefore kick-off, Wales would probably have settled for the final scoreline back in 1887, when England first played an international match in Llan…

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Slade and Mako Vunipola send England past Wales into Autumn Nations final

Wales 13-24 EnglandOwen Farrell kicks 14 points to lead England homeWhen Johnny Williams scored his first international try after 10 minutes, it was the first time England had trailed in a match since they lost to France in Paris at the start of Februa…

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Wales 13-24 England: Autumn Nations Cup – reaction!

Live updates from the 4pm GMT kick-off at the Parc y Scarlets Ford warns England to be wary of threat from wounded Wales You can email Lee here or tweet @bloodandmud 6.13pm GMT Wayne Pivac is in the spotlightWe were pretty happy defensively in how we w…

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George Ford warns England to be wary of threat from wounded Wales

Wales will be ‘different beast’, says returning fly-halfEngland need bonus point to reach Autumn Nations Cup finalEngland are braced for a Wales backlash as they hunt a place in the Autumn Nations Cup final, with the returning fly-half George Ford warn…

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Even a Wales win over England is likely to be cold comfort for Pivac

The Autumn Nations Cup victory over Georgia ended a run of six defeats, but little is expected of the hosts at Parc y ScarletsGraham Henry used to compare rugby in Wales with a shower that had a malfunctioning thermostat: it was either too hot or too c…

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James Botham retains Wales place against England in Autumn Nations Cup

Grandson of cricketing great Sir Ian keeps place in back rowLloyd Williams makes first Wales start for four yearsJames Botham – grandson of cricket great Sir Ian Botham – retains his place in the back row for Wales and will face England in Saturday’s A…

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The Breakdown | ‘No shirkers’: how the late, great Ray Prosser changed Welsh rugby for good

Former Pontypool coach, who has died aged 93, brought a new breed of physicality to Wales after a 1959 trip to New ZealandIt was the middle of October in 1989, a few days before Pontypool faced New Zealand, and the rain was beating hard on a mobile off…

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George Ford back for England v Wales battle in only change from Ireland romp

Ford in at fly-half for Saturday’s Autumn Nations Cup gameEngland captain Owen Farrell joins Henry Slade in the centresEngland have named George Ford at fly-half in their only change for Saturday’s Autumn Nations Cup clash with Wales at Parc y Scarlets…

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England ready to turn to George Ford and Joe Marler for Wales showdown

Prop Marler could make first appearance since MarchEddie Jones pondering starting Ford at fly-half in LlanelliAs England’s defensive juggernaut rolls west towards Wales questions remain over what attacking weapons Eddie Jones’s side have in their armou…

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Wales beating England would not be a shock, says Neil Jenkins

‘If we perform as we can we will have a chance’Wales have lost six of their last seven matchesWales are backing themselves to produce their best performance of a disappointing year against England in Llanelli on Saturday, aware of the consequences agai…

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Louis Rees-Zammit and James Botham impress in Wales victory over Georgia

Wales 18-0 GeorgiaDebutant Louis Rees-Zammit scores on first Test startWales ended their losing run, but they could hardly fail to against a team that were armed with nothing more than heart. Georgia posed no attacking threat – unlike Japan, who would …

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Wales v Georgia: Autumn Nations Cup – live!

Live updates from Parc y Scarlets, kick-off 5.15pm GMTWayne Pivac needs to leave his own stamp on struggling WalesFeel free to email Lee or tweet @BloodandMud with your thoughts 1.39pm GMT Pre-match reading “Little possession and less territory have re…

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Wayne Pivac needs to leave his own stamp on struggling Wales

Coach has so far relied on players moulded by Warren Gatland but Saturday’s team to face Georgia will bear Pivac’s imprintWayne Pivac has had more than Georgia on his mind this week. The theme of his year as Wales’s head coach has been broken dreams an…

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James Botham debuts for Wales against Georgia in Autumn Nations clash

Ian Botham’s grandson in teams for Saturday’s matchCardiff Blues flanker played just 13 professional gamesJames Botham – grandson of England cricket great Sir Ian Botham – will makes his Wales debut in Saturday’s Autumn Nations Cup clash against Georgi…

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Ireland pile pressure on Pivac as Wales slip to sixth straight defeat

Ireland 32-9 WalesWales slump to sixth successive defeat in game of 31 penaltiesA contest pockmarked by penalties and a lack of composure will have caused Ireland’s group rivals England few concerns. Ireland again showed an inability to react to the un…

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Ireland pile pressure on Pivac as Wales slip to sixth straight defeat

Ireland 32-9 WalesWales slump to sixth successive defeat in game of 31 penaltiesA contest pockmarked by penalties and a lack of composure will have caused Ireland’s group rivals England few concerns. Ireland again showed an inability to react to the un…

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Ireland v Wales: Autumn Nations Cup – live!

Minute-by-minute report of the 7pm kick-off in DublinMurphy ends 23 years at Leicester with abrupt departureStuart Hogg urges Scotland’s rugby side to build on feelgood factorEmail Luke with any thoughts | Tweet @lukemclaughlin 7.56pm GMT A spot of hal…

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Wales need to avoid doldrums as they chart course through stormy waters | Paul Rees

Since Warren Gatland’s departure Wales have lost five out of six Tests and Wayne Pivac needs a result against IrelandWarren Gatland’s final words as Wales’s head coach a year ago after they had finished fourth in the World Cup resonated long into the T…

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Wales need to avoid doldrums as they chart course through stormy waters | Paul Rees

Since Warren Gatland’s departure Wales have lost five out of six Tests and Wayne Pivac needs a result against IrelandWarren Gatland’s final words as Wales’s head coach a year ago after they had finished fourth in the World Cup resonated long into the T…