IN THE aftermath of the Six Nations and with time running out we are all confronted with the starkest of choices: who are our Lions? An obvious point of conjecture, there were at least some standouts in recent weeks. So in the interest of making clear what Warren Gatland, Graham Rowntree, Rob Howley and Andy Farrell face before the squad announcement on 30 April, Rugby World will sift through runners and riders in each key position.
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THE BRITISH and Irish Lions are still hotter than a Justin Bieber and David Beckham collaborative calendar. Need proof? Every single test ticket for this summer’s tour sold out in 15 minutes. People are tearing their hair out, trying to find a seat. The powers that be Down Under have promised a spectacle to rival the 2003 Rugby World Cup and the omens are good.
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Wales once again lost to the Wallabies when it seemed that they couldn’t. They have now lost their last three games to Australia in the dying minutes – once in the 72nd minute and twice in the 79th. This last defeat was the most unbearable of them all as it came at the end of a much improved and much needed performance.
Posted 184 days ago
I READ a lot of stat sheets prior to writing these articles. But the reason for Samoa’s win against Wales won’t be found on any of them. You can’t measure it and you can’t count it on the field of play. Barring Jamie Roberts, the Samoans simply hit harder than Wales. Much harder. In a modern game awash with complex defensive systems and running patterns, rugby remains simple, sometimes you just have to smash the man that’s standing in front of you – and that’s what Samoa did.
Posted 437 days ago
Italy tackled themselves to a standstill in a scrappy game in which Wales struggled to find their rhythm but still had more than enough class not to be ruffled by the Azzurri. In the first-half Wales dominated in terms of possession but only had three Leigh Halfpenny penalties to show for all their territorial advantage.
Posted 451 days ago
By Paul Williams
WALES beat England 19-12 to clinch the Triple Crown on Saturday – the first time Wales have ever completed their sweep of the home nations at Twickenham. Here’s the lowdown on the good, and not so good, of their performance. Stay tuned for more Welsh analysis as the championship reaches its climax next month…
Eight seconds that won the…
Posted 464 days ago
By Owain Jones, Rugby World Editor
In a nutshell: The first-half was full of incident and endeavour yet little to show on the scoreboard, with both sides going in at the break 3-3. The game came to life in the second-half when Alex Cuthbert crashed over the whitewash within two minutes of the restart. Scotland went further behind through two Leigh…
Posted 471 days ago
By Paul Williams
WALES BEAT Ireland 23-21 in Dublin on Sunday in their opening Six Nations fixture, but what did we learn about the men in red? Here’s the lowdown on the good, and not so good, of their performance – and stay tuned for more Welsh analysis throughout the rest of the championship.
1. Welsh back-line makes a big impression
Posted 474 days ago
RHYS PRIESTLAND and Jamie Roberts have been selected in the Wales team to play Ireland in their opening RBS 6 Nations game on Sunday.
Fly-half Priestland and centre Roberts, who both impressed for Wales at the World Cup, had been struggling with knee injuries but have recovered in time to earn starting berths.
Cardiff Blues wing Alex Cuthbert replaces Shane Williams in Wales’…