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Roll on the 2015 Rugby World Cup…

Not that I’m wishing my time away but I’ve calculated that it’s around  1450 days until the next Rugby World Cup, back here in the Northern Hemisphere, in 2015. I think the fact that a lot of us are talking about that already is a mark of how great the tournament just gone has been. … Continue reading

Guest blog: It may just be third place on offer, but Wales still have a lot to play for

by Tzevai Chong It’s been a sober and solemn few days since the disappointment of Wales’ agonising semi-final defeat to France. I’ll have to admit the red mist of anger lingered for most of the weekend but the result won’t change. And we’ve still got one more game to go –  the third place play-off. Many people … Continue reading

Wales deserve a warm welcome when they return home

You can follow Frances on Twitter – @FranDonovanTV Mike, Mark, Gareth and I are still smarting from that result on Saturday, like most of the rest of you, I suspect. I think what rankles the most is that the best team on the pitch didn’t ultimately run out winners. Wales played the better rugby and … Continue reading

Before the Wales/France match, a final word…

Frances Donovan presents the coverage of the match on ITV1 Wales from 8.30am on Saturday morning. Also, you can follow her on Twitter – @FranDonovanTV So, here we are, just a match away from a World Cup Final. Part of me wants to say I can’t quite believe it and it feels a bit like … Continue reading

Guest blog: Hopes and predictions ahead of Wales v France

By Tzevai Chong In 1987 four teams made the semi-finals of the inaugural Rugby World Cup in New Zealand. The home nation faced (and beat) Wales, while France overcame Australia to make it through to the final. The All Blacks went on to win the tournament while Wales beat Australia to finish third. Roll forward 24 years … Continue reading

Six Nations: Wales team announced to play France

Wales coach Warren Gatland has made two enforced changes for Saturday’s RBS 6 Nations finale against France in Paris. Teenage wing George North will make his Six Nations debut as replacement for knee injury victim Shane Williams, while Ospreys prop Adam Jones returns to the pack. Jones, who has played just 20 minutes’ rugby since … Continue reading

Six Nations: Wales hope for Shane Williams u-turn on retirement decision

Wales assistant coach Rob Howley hopes that Shane Williams will change his mind and abandon plans to retire from Test rugby after this year’s World Cup. Williams has been ruled of Wales’ RBS 6 Nations finale against France in Paris on Saturday due to a knee injury. And if the 79 times-capped Ospreys wing carries … Continue reading

Six Nations: Wales winger Shane Williams out of France match

Wales wing Shane Williams looks to have played his final RBS 6 Nations game after being ruled out of Saturday’s clash against France in Paris. Williams, 34, has maintained he will retire from Test rugby following the World Cup in New Zealand later this year. But Wales’ record international try-scorer will not be involved this … Continue reading

Six Nations: Adam Jones ready to play for Wales if he’s given the call

Adam Jones is ready to answer Wales coach Warren Gatland’s call against France on Saturday, despite playing only 20 minutes of rugby since mid-January. Ospreys prop Jones has joined up with the Wales squad preparing for their RBS 6 Nations finale in Paris. He has been summoned after his Ospreys colleague Craig Mitchell suffered a … Continue reading

Wales centre Gavin Henson could be on his way to Toulon

Wales international Gavin Henson could complete a move to French side Toulon by Thursday morning. Henson, who only made his Saracens debut six weeks ago, would join fellow rugby superstar Jonny Wilkinson at the Top 14 Club. The reports come just a day after Lee Byrne confirmed he will be playing for Clermont Auvergne from … Continue reading

Wales international Lee Byrne signs three-year contract with Clermont Auvergne

Wales full-back Lee Byrne will sign a three-year deal with Clermont Auvergne at the end of the season. In an exlusive interview with ITV Wales Byrne has confirmed he will play for  the Top 14 club after the World Cup. Byrne joins fellow Osprey James Hook who announced last week he has agreed a three-year … Continue reading

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