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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

Six Nations: Wales v Ireland as it happened

More at ITV.com/Wales Wales v Ireland as it happened gives you all the news, views and nonsense from the Millennium Stadium. Get involved by emailing tim.hart@itv.com, or tweet him @Timwellspent. ____________________________________________________________________ By Tim Hart Published: 3pm 12 March 2011 Tim’s Twitter Full-time: Wales 19-13 Ireland 1852: So to sum it up; Mike Phillips and Ryan … Continue reading

Six Nations: Wales v Ireland match report

Wales 19-13 Ireland By ITV Wales staff and agencies Wales claimed a controversial victory at the Millennium Stadium which kept their RBS 6 Nations title hopes alive and ended Ireland’s bid for a fifth Triple Crown in eight seasons. Scrum-half Mike Phillips celebrated his 50th cap by scoring an opportunist try to underpin Wales’ first … Continue reading

Six Nations: Wales cannot afford any more indiscipline, says Dan Lydiate

Dan Lydiate admits there is no hiding place from the damaging number of penalties Wales have conceded in this season’s RBS 6 Nations Championship. And the Newport Gwent Dragons flanker accepts Wales can expect to be punished by Ireland’s prolific points accumulator Ronan O’Gara if they do not tighten up their discipline. See More: read … Continue reading

Six Nations: Wales v Ireland

Despite two wins from three Six Nations games, Wales’ match against Ireland on Saturday is the real acid test of their progress, says ITV Wales Sports Correspondent Richard Morgan. Ireland may be our Celtic cousins, but they’re also one of our biggest bogey teams. In the last ten encounters between the teams, the men in … Continue reading

Six Nations: Wales team to play Ireland announced

James Hook will make his second start at fly-half in this season’s RBS 6 Nations Championship when Wales face Ireland on Saturday. Hook, who wore the number 10 shirt and guided Wales to victory over Scotland at Murrayfield last month, replaces Stephen Jones. Jones is on the bench, with fit-again Scarlets centre Jonathan Davies returning … Continue reading

Six Nations: Italy v Wales minute-by-minute report

More at ITV.com/Wales Italy v Wales: minute-by-minute report gives you all the news, views and nonsense from Stadio Flaminio. Get involved by emailing tim.hart@itv.com, or tweet him @Timwellspent. ____________________________________________________________________ By Tim Hart Published: 2pm 12 February 2011 Tim’s Twitter Full-time: Italy 16-24 Wales 16.24: So Wales have ended the curse. They’ve beaten Italy in Rome … Continue reading

Six Nations: Italy v Wales match report

Italy 16-24 Wales By ITV Wales staff and agencies Wales survived a major scare in the sunshine at Stadio Flaminio before keeping alive their RBS 6 Nations title hopes with a second successive away win. As against Scotland at Murrayfield two weeks ago though, Wales only played in short bursts. See More: read Tim Hart’s … Continue reading

Six Nations: Wales wing Shane Williams ready to torment Italy again

Wales’ wing Shane Williams has touched down in Rome ready to inflict fresh misery on an Italian side eagerly awaiting his flight back home. The Azzurri will be thankful they might not see him again, as Williams – 34 tomorrow – maintains 2011 is his final year of international rugby before retirement. The Welsh try-scoring … Continue reading

Six Nations: Lee Byrne eager for Wales to beat Italy in Rome

Lee Byrne believes Wales’ Murrayfield victory over Scotland will be meaningless unless they back it up with a second successive RBS 6 Nations away win on Saturday. Wales play Italy in Rome knowing victory would keep them among the title contenders. Watch Richard Morgan’s report on the team announcement for the Italy match Ireland at … Continue reading

Six Nations: Stephen Jones closes in on 100 cap mark for Wales

Stephen Jones will move to within two caps of a Test century on Saturday – and he has no intention of winding down his 13-year international career. The Scarlets fly-half will play at no.10 against Italy as James Hook moves into midfield to cover for Jonathan Davies who is out injured. Jones said: “There is … Continue reading

Six Nations: Wales head coach Warren Gatland admits he has a shortage in midfield

Warren Gatland admits that Wales’ midfield selection options have been stretched as he prepares for the resumption of RBS 6 Nations action. Wales head to Rome for an appointment with Italy on Saturday, having seen Jonathan Davies join his fellow injured centres Tom Shanklin, Andrew Bishop and Gavin Henson. Head coach Gatland was left with … Continue reading

Six Nations: Wales announce team to play Italy

Wales have made one change to their starting line-up from the team who beat Scotland 24-6 for their RBS 6 Nations match against Italy in Rome on Saturday. Scarlets playmaker Stephen Jones returns at fly half with Osprey James Hook moving to outside centre as Scarlets midfielder Jonathan Davies was not considered after picking up … Continue reading

Six Nations: Wales coach Warren Gatland won’t underestimate Italy

Wales coach Warren Gatland is set to minimise the risk of a botched Italian job by shelving his selection approach from two years ago when his team head to Rome later this week. Gatland made nine changes the last time Wales faced Italy at Stadio Flaminio, including six up-front, where the likes of Gethin Jenkins, … Continue reading

Six Nations: Scotland v Wales match report

Scotland 6-24 Wales By ITV Wales staff and agencies Wales revived their RBS 6 Nations title hopes despite having two players sin-binned as they recorded only a fourth victory at Murrayfield in 26 years. Scotland proved a shadow of the side that scored three tries against France in Paris last weekend, never recovering from a … Continue reading

Six Nations: James Hook to start at fly-half for Wales against Scotland

James Hook will start at fly-half for Wales in Saturday’s RBS 6 Nations clash against Scotland at Murrayfield. Hook moves from full-back, where he started in the 26-19 loss to England last week, and wears Wales’ number 10 shirt for the first time since the 2009 Six Nations campaign. He replaces 96 times-capped Stephen Jones, … Continue reading

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