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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

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

Guest Blog: Passion and pride for a nation in mourning

By Owen Hathway  Sport often has the ability to transcend its own boundaries.  Historically this has been for political statements such as the boycotted Olympics of Moscow 1980 and Los Angeles 1984 or the Black Power salute of Tommie Smith and John Carlos in Mexico ‘68. More examples have been the individual courage of an athlete such as … Continue reading

Hannah’s Haka

It’s been described as the biggest spectacle in rugby, and over the next few weeks, it’ll be performed right across the world. It’s scary, it’s sensational, it’s sexy…it’s THE HAKA! And during the Rugby World Cup 2011, I’ll be asking for YOUR versions of this famous New Zealand ritual. I begin my tour of Welsh … Continue reading

Guest blog: New Zealand gears up for Rugby World Cup

By Analiese Jackson Exactly 20 days after I was born, New Zealand’s Rugby Union team won the first ever Rugby World Cup. Which is not to say that these two events are in any way related, but I like to think that it was that one extra supporter who gave the All Blacks the motivation … Continue reading

Rugby World Cup 2011: Analysing Wales’ performance through social media

By Giuseppe Sollazzo  Wales v Canada at the 2007 Rugby World Cup was one of the first Wales games I watched – and I’ll never forget what a thrilling experience it was. I can safely say I became a big Welsh fan after finding myself strongly and emotionally supporting them during that game. Canada opened the … Continue reading

The Lions that roared – rugby in 1971

Back in 1971, Lions tours were arduous affairs – three-and-a-half months away from home, in a world without today’s modern communications. Unsurprisingly, not every player fancied going. “To be honest, I could have done with a summer off,” remembers Barry John, who’d helped Wales to a Grand Slam that season and suffered plenty of physical … Continue reading

British Lions tour to New Zealand 40th anniversary – memories?

This summer sees the 40th anniversary of the legendary British Lions tour to New Zealand. That Lions team, featuring Welsh greats including captain John Dawes, Barry John, Gareth Edwards and JPR Williams, is still the only one ever to beat the All Blacks on their home soil. ITV Wales will be marking the achievement with … Continue reading

South Wales firemen part of the earthquake rescue team in New Zealand

Eight firemen from South Wales have started searching the rubble and debris in New Zealand after Tuesday’s earthquake. The massive tremor struck the country’s second city Christchurch.113 people are dead and it’s thought around 200 people are still missing. Shaun Moody, from South Wales Fire and Rescue, told ITV Wales: “We’re working hard with a … Continue reading

Guest blog: The WRU tries to find solution to the worrying decline in Millennium Stadium ticket sales

Just one of Wales’ autumn international games sold out this year at the Millennium Stadium. Not even the world champions South Africa could draw in the punters. By Sam Shead The first match against Australia had 20,000 spare seats, which is one of the lowest recorded attendances since the stadium was built. The game against … Continue reading

Wales v New Zealand: match report

Wales 25-37 New Zealand Dan Carter broke Jonny Wilkinson’s world Test points record at the Millennium Stadium as New Zealand completed their third Grand Slam tour of Britain and Ireland in six seasons. All Blacks fly-half Carter missed four first-half kicks, but an early long-range penalty took him past England star Wilkinson’s mark of 1,178. … Continue reading

Wales v New Zealand: minute-by-minute report

More at ITV.com/Wales Wales v New Zealand: minute-by-minute-report gives you all the news, views and nonsense from the Millennium Stadium. Get involved by emailing tim.hart@itvwales.com, or tweet him @Timwellspent. ———————————————————————————————— By Tim Hart Published: 3pm 26 November 2010 Tim’s Twitter FULL-TIME: Wales 25-37 New Zealand 7.07pm: Simply put New Zealand were far more clinical and … Continue reading

James and North named in squad to face All Blacks

It’s all change for most of the Wales squad ahead of this weekend’s match. Wales have brought Blues wing Tom James straight into their starting line-up as they make wholesale changes for the final Autumn Internationals clash with New Zealand at the Millennium Stadium this Saturday. Leaving just three players in place from the 16 … Continue reading

Jenkins, Powell and Warburton fit for New Zealand game

Gethin Jenkins, Sam Warburton and Andy Powell are fit for squad consideration ahead of Saturday’s Test against New Zealand in Cardiff on Saturday. All three were unable to play during last week’s 16-16 draw against Fiji. But Deiniol Jones (broken cheekbone) joins Shane Williams (shoulder) on the injury list for the Millennium Stadium game. Warren Gatland’s … Continue reading

Wales v New Zealand: ban hit Keven Mealamu hard

New Zealand hooker Keven Mealamu has described the fall-out from his ban for striking England captain Lewis Moody with his head as the toughest period of his eight-year international career. The 31-year-old Blues forward was initially handed a four-week suspension after being cited over the incident, which appeared to show him butting Moody as the … Continue reading

Wales’ rugby Autumn Tests preview

Our sport correspondent Richard Morgan looks ahead to Wales’ four Autumn tests. Who will be named in the squad and what chances does the team actually have of beating the finest teams the Southern Hemisphere has to offer? So, with another Autumn series round the corner, who might be the surprise faces in the Wales … Continue reading

Ryan Jones believes the autumn tests will be tough as Wales prepare for the Rugby World Cup

Wales captain Ryan Jones expects the international season ahead to be ‘as tough as it gets’. Wales play Australia, South Africa, Fiji and New Zealand in the Autumn Tests at the Millennium Stadium in November. Jones said: “It all starts with the best three nations in the world on our home patch with Fiji thrown … Continue reading

Women’s Rugby World Cup: Wales bow out with defeat to world champions New Zealand

Wales were knocked out of the Women’s Rugby World Cup by New Zealand who won 41-8 at he Surrey Sports Park in Guildford. The one-sided victory means the Black Ferns are on course to win their fourth successive World title. New Zealand coach Brian Evans made nine changes to the team which lined up against … Continue reading

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