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Shaun Edwards will leave post as Wales’ defence coach after World Cup

• Edwards talks of ‘incredibly difficult decision to reach’• Head coach Gatland welcomes end to speculationShaun Edwards has rejected the offer of a new contract from Wales, the Welsh Rugby Union has announced. Edwards’ 11-year stay with the Grand Slam…

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Warren Gatland tells Shaun Edwards to decide Wales future soon

• Gatland: ‘I’m sick of reading about it every day’• Uncapped Rhys Carre in Wales pre-World Cup squadWarren Gatland has told his long-time lieutenant Shaun Edwards to make up his mind about whom he will be working for after the World Cup before the iss…

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Welsh rugby travelling on parallel roads as Judgment Day approaches | Paul Rees

A third grand slam in 11 years for the national team highlights the contrasting fortunes of the four regions in the Pro14Wales are enjoying their most successful period in the professional era, last month winning a third grand slam in 11 years to lift …

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Wales and Scotland made to wait in World Cup player release row

• Premiership and World Rugby could agree deal next month• Dispute centres around insurance for non-English playersWales and Scotland are among a number of nations who will not find out until next month if their World Cup preparations will be severely …

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Shaun Edwards confirms turning down Wigan Warriors head coach role

• Englishman cites lack of preparation time for decision• Coach is expected to remain with Wales rugby set-upWigan Warriors have confirmed that Shaun Edwards will not be the club’s head coach next year, as he instead closes in on staying with the Wales…

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The Breakdown | Wales won Six Nations by sticking to speed limit while others lost control

The grand slam was based on meticulous preparation, precision and containing risk, qualities Ireland and England could not matchWales’ grand slam was planned in military detail. If, statistically, it looked a minimalist triumph, based on defence rather…

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Wales want to talk to Shaun Edwards if Wigan move fails to happen

• Edwards and Warren Gatland set to leave after World Cup• Defence coach said he is yet to sign contract with WiganWales want to hold talks with Shaun Edwards, the grand slam champions’ defence coach, after his move back to rugby league was put in doub…

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Gareth Anscombe calls for resolution to Welsh rugby’s domestic mess

• Six Nations and Grand Slam winner wants end to uncertainty• Bath and Harlequins keen on Cardiff fly-halfGrand Slam winner Gareth Anscombe has called on the power-brokers to sort out Welsh rugby’s domestic mess.Anscombe’s 20-point haul steered Wales t…

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Alun Wyn Jones says don’t rule out Warren Gatland coaching England

• Gatland will leave Wales after World Cup in Japan• ‘In professional sport you never say never,’ says Wales captainThe Wales captain, Alun Wyn Jones, believes it is possible Warren Gatland will one day coach England. Related: Wales crush Ireland to wi…

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No more heroes? Alun Wyn Jones stands tall even in these cynical times | Kevin Mitchell

Wales captain’s act of kindness on Saturday did not go unnoticed and there is plenty of evidence to suggest sometimes it’s still OK to meet your idolsAn image that will linger from the final round of the Six Nations was not a dazzling run or shuddering…

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Wigan Warriors urge Shaun Edwards to ‘clarify his intentions’

• Super League club want former player as new head coach• Edwards denied he has signed contract with WiganWigan Warriors say they are aiming to speak with Shaun Edwards as a matter of urgency following comments made by the 52-year-old over the weekend …

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Wales’s rising sons set the northern hemisphere benchmark for Japan | Robert Kitson

England may have lost the plot at Twickenham but grand slam winners could write another happy endingHow quickly modern rugby’s wheel of fortune spins. A few weeks ago Ireland were an irresistible force, enjoying such critical acclaim that back-to-back …

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Six Nations’ team of the tournament: Wales and England dominate best XV | Nick Evans

Alun Wyn Jones was arguably the pick of the bunch as grand slam winners Wales and England dominate our columnist’s listA big part of what Saracens do well and exactly the same with Wales, Williams has been brilliant throughout and his ability to play o…

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No doubting that Warren Gatland’s Wales deserve their grand slam | Robert KItson

High-class defence and rare stamina make Wales second in the world and leave their Six Nations rivals struggling in their wakeThere is no such thing as an accidental grand slam. Winning five games on the trot in testing conditions against reliably moti…

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I will miss Six Nations but now it is all about Japan, says Warren Gatland

• Wales coach turns attention to World Cup after grand slam• ‘I am incredibly proud of players for what they have achieved’Warren Gatland will this week turn his attention to the World Cup after celebrating the grand slam and Wales’s fourth Six Nations…

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Alun Wyn Jones battles through pain to lead Wales to Six Nations glory | Andy Bull

The lock forward injured his left knee early on against Ireland but soldiered on, showing how formidable a captain he isAt least all that rain will wash the streets clean. By the time everyone is done in Cardiff, they will surely need it. The fans ther…

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‘Proud is the word’: Wales win Six Nations grand slam – video

Wales beat Ireland 25-7 at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff to win the Six Nations grand slam for the third time in 11 years. Captain Alun Wyn Jones said he ‘is really proud for such a small nation to be able to do that’, while coach Warren Gatland …

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Wales crush Ireland to win third Six Nations grand slam in 11 years

• Wales 25-7 Ireland• Parkes try and Anscombe masterclass give Wales victoryOn the eve of the day of St Patrick, a hat-trick of grand slams for Warren Gatland. Wales’s head coach marked his final campaign in the Six Nations, with the men in red at leas…

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Wales v Ireland: Six Nations final round – live!

Wales bidding to seal Six Nations title and grand slamJoin Tom Bassam for Italy v France – live!And you can email Niall or tweet @niallmcveigh 2.22pm GMT Quite the game in Rome, where Italy are six points behind and doing everything but score what coul…

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Warren Gatland and Joe Schmidt both in search of Six Nations happy ending | Paul Rees

The Wales coach will be wary of a ruthless Ireland side and the tactical nous of his fellow New ZealanderWarren Gatland once reflected on Wales’s capacity to sabotage the future by focusing on the past. “They prefer to regurgitate the Chateaubriand of …