Welsh Rugby Archive

How are the top 5 rugby prospects getting on?

In August, The Observer newspaper published an article outlining their top five hot rugby prospects or ‘ones to watch. With the new season about to be a month old lets have a look at how these are getting on. 1. Tom Stephenson (Northampton) Unfortunately for Tom, the big England U20’s centre has yet to make

Wales Team to face Ireland Announced

Just a quickie, here it is: 15 Leigh HALFPENNY, 14 Alex CUTHBERT, 13 Jonathan DAVIES,12 Jamie ROBERTS, 11 George NORTH, 10 Rhys PRIESTLAND, 9 Mike PHILLIPS 1 Rhys GILL, 2 Huw BENNETT, 3 Adam JONES, 4 Bradley DAVIES, 5 Ian EVANS, 6 Ryan JONES, 7 Sam WARBURTON ©, 8 Toby FALETAU Reps: OWENS, JAMES, POWELL,

RWC2011 Wales Vs France, Teams, Thoughts and a Tip

I’ve just managed to open my eyes following Irelands defeat last weekend and what do I see? I see two beefy semi-finals heading right this way. Yes Ireland lost. Yes the early mornings have ruined me. It’s been great though hasn’t it? England getting knocked out (had to say it) and some great rugby all

Ireland Name Team for the RWC2011 Quarter-Final.

Well if last weekend was a big weekend for both Wales and Ireland this weekend dwarves it in comparison. These two sides have produced some incredibly close Six Nation encounters and I can’t imagine there are too many of us who are expecting anything different. Ireland may have got all of the coverage for their

New Poll: Who lost Wales the South Africa Game?

I’ve lived in Wales for around eight years now and have to say the moment I saw James Hook’s kick sail over/wide of the crossbar I knew we were in for a bout of ‘controversy’. Having not spoken to many about the game, I was wondering what the reaction was at large. Unfortunate? We was

Is Andy Powell the future of Professional Rugby?

Probably not. The headline was difficult to avoid given this earlier post about Gavin Henson . Its a shame though. Much unlike Gavin Henson, its difficult not to feel a certain empathy with Powell. Without question his actions display an exceptional, almost enviable level of stupidity, yet still, I for one can’t help feeling a

Is Gavin Henson The Future of Professional Rugby?

Six years ago, give or take a couple of months it looked like he might be. He’d just kicked Wales to victory over England and played a large part in their winning of the Grand Slam that year. Beyond the game he was, we are lead to believe,  being pursued by the multi-millionaire songstress Charlotte

Wales Team to Face Scotland Announced

Wales: Byrne Stoddart Roberts J Davies S Williams Hook Phillips James Rees Mitchell B Davies AW Jones Lydiate Warburton R Jones. Replacements: Hibbard Yapp J Thomas Turnbull Knoyle S Jones Priestland. So Gatland has dropped Stephen Jones, kept in Mike Phillips and given James Hook his first start at Fly Half this season. I wonder

Six Nations 2011, 1 down 2 to go, What have we learnt? Twitter doesn’t like Brian Moore

Good start, good game. We have learnt that Wales lack confidence, Mike Phillips can be good but also very very bad. We have learnt that Chris Ashton is getting better at the highest level, even at avoiding yellow cards. We have learnt that Bradley Davies is by far and away Wales’ most effective ball carrier

All the teams for this weekends 6 Nations Games in one Place

Just doing some last minute checks on my fantasy rugby teams for this weekend and having jumped from page to page I thought it might be useful to put them all in the same place. Where better than here, so in chronological order: Wales: 15-James Hook, 14-Morgan Stoddart, 13-Jamie Roberts, 12-Jonathan Davies, 11-Shane Williams, 10-Stephen

6 Nations Fantasy Rugby, Predictions, Tipping Comps etc

It’s been a while since I’ve had a proper go at a Fantasy game for the six Nations but I thought it was time to have another go and see whats out there. First off I found the superbru game. It’s not strictly speaking a fantasy rugby game but based on predictions/tipping. Which means it’s