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Returning head coach Warren Gatland says his legacy as a Wales coach is at stake

Warren Gatland claims that by taking over for Wayne Pivac as Wales coach for a second time, he is jeopardizing his reputation.

With three Grand Slam titles under his belt during his previous tenure, Gatland is Wales’ most successful and longest-serving coach.

Gatland’s response, when asked if his legacy was in danger, was: Isn’t that what makes it so exciting?

“If you’re a flop and fail… I’m under no illusions what the expectations are in the next 10 months.”

During his 12-year tenure as Wales coach, Gatland also led Wales to the semi-finals of the 2011 and 2019 World Cups.

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A 14-match unbeaten streak helped Wales rise to the top of the World Rugby rankings in his final season.

After what he calls a “whirlwind 72 hours,” he now leads a team that has lost at home to Italy and Georgia and won three of 12 games in 2022.

“I’ve always loved the challenge, I’ve always loved going into environments where there are expectations and hopefully exceeding those expectations,” added Gatland.

“That’s part of professional sport, there are ups and downs. You live by your results and performances.

“I’m excited about it but there are pressures and risks. I’m confident I can come in and hopefully make a difference and get a side together who are proud to put that jersey on, and when they go out there and represent Wales in front of home fans they’re prepared to die for that jersey.

“Those are my expectations and I don’t expect anything less from the players in terms of what it means to play for Wales – the history, the expectation.

“If we can achieve that in a short period of time, I think that will give us the best opportunity to be successful.”

Gatland took over Wales for the first time in 2007, when they were struggling after losing to Fiji in the pool stage of the World Cup. He hit a Grand Slam in six months.

However, Gatland only has ten months to go until the 2023 World Cup in France after leaving the Super Rugby team Chiefs to return to Wales before Christmas.

“The advantage I’ve got is I know the set-up and so many of the people involved,” added Gatland.

“I can hit the ground running. Obviously there’s a new group of players. There’s a process I’ve got to go through over the next few weeks and just getting a real feel for the place again, so it’s like 2007-2008 and coming in completely cold.

“That’s a massive advantage I’ve got in terms of knowing Wales and the set-up. I can come in and hopefully be seamless in stepping into the role.”

According to the Welsh Rugby Union (WRU), Gatland may continue working with Wales until 2027, possibly after the 2023 World Cup.

Gatland went on to say about his long-term plans: My immediate focus right now is on the time between now and the World Cup, and then I and Steve Phillips, the CEO of the WRU, will talk about the possibilities for the future.

“During that 10 months we’ve got to be showing we’ve made progress and we’ve been successful, and then potentially other opportunities arise from that.

“That’s how we are at the moment. There’s no certainty but I’m comfortable with that, so if the next 10 months is not successful then you are involved in professional sport and know what the consequences are.

“I’m comfortable and confident that I can come in and make a difference, and create an environment we can be successful in. If that happens then potentially other discussions may take place.

“But I’m not looking past the next 10 months, I’m not looking past France.”

England approach and backroom staff

Gatland added, “After being touted as a contender to replace Eddie Jones, Wales may choose England over Wales.” While I’m only here to discuss Wales, I can advise you not to believe everything you read in the media.

Gatland has stated that he will conduct an evaluation of Pivac’s backroom staff, which included Stephen Jones, Jonathan Humphreys, Gethin Jenkins, and Neil Jenkins.

“To be honest I haven’t really considered that, it’s kind of been such a whirlwind in the last 72 hours,” he said.

“I need to talk to people. I need to get the lay of the land on how things are there within the set-up and then I’ll make the appropriate decisions about what happens going forward.”

After working with Gatland during his first season in charge and admitting to betting violations, Rob Howley was kicked out of the team before the 2019 World Cup.

Gatland added, “When specifically asked about Howley.” I haven’t gone with any choices on what the set-up resembles as far as the training set-up.

“I haven’t even got that far in terms of going through that process.

“It’s been fairly full-on in terms of having those discussions with Steve [Phillips] and Ieuan [Evans, WRU chairman] and talking to family and stuff about making this decision.

“From now on that’s where this work takes place in terms of making sure I get things right, in terms of the set-up and the people involved.”

Pivac’s three-year tenure saw Wales slip to ninth in the world rankings, having won 13 games, lost 20 and drawn one. But Gatland praised the conduct of his fellow New Zealander.

“I want to recognise the human side to this with Wayne departing,” added Gatland.

“That must have been tough, so my thoughts go out to him and his family and it’s important I do recognise that. He is a good man with some good values and I just wanted to mention that.”

Warren Gatland, who has joined Wales rugby as a coach, has received the best wishes for the future from Prince William, Prince of Wales.

Prince William, who was appointed royal patron of the Welsh Rugby Union in 2016 and has served as vice patron since 2007, posted the following message on Twitter: “Thank you Wayne for everything you’ve done for @WelshRugbyUnion.” Best wishes for the future to you.

“Wishing Warren Gatland the very best of luck for the run in to the 6 Nations and Rugby World Cup. W”

Warren Gatland was dramatically drafted in for a second spell as Wales coach on Monday, as he replaced the sacked Wayne Pivac less than a year out from the World Cup.

The Welsh Rugby Union said Gatland will take charge of Wales for the 2023 Six Nations and at the 2023 Rugby World Cup in France, “with the ability to go through the next World Cup cycle up to and including Australia 2027”.

One of Wales’ most successful eras was led by Gatland during his first tenure in charge, which spanned the years 2008-19. The team won four Six Nations titles, including three Grand Slams, and reached two World Cup semi-finals.

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Wales legend Jones eyes the fifth RWC as he reaches 150 advent

Wales Rugby World Cup: Alun Wyn Jones revenues to the starting line-up after improving from a shoulder injury to win his 150th Test cap, spreading the record that he holds. The Welsh legend has been on the hobbies since late October when he hurt the injury against New Zealand in the Autumn Nations Series.

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Wales’ Alun Wyn Jones appears dejected as they leave the pitch after the final whistle of the 2019 Rugby World Cup bronze final match at Tokyo Stadium.

Jones had two processes – and most medical forecasts were that he would miss the entire Six Nations – but he is back ahead of timetable, as he was for the British and Irish Lions against South Africa last summer following shoulder worry, and partners Adam Beard in the second-row.

Fly-half Dan Biggar, who took over as captain from Jones for the Six Nations, recalls that role and becomes the seventh Welshman to win 100 caps for his country after Jones, Gethin Jenkins, Stephen Jones, George North, Martyn Williams, and Gareth Thomas. Asked about Jones’ forecasts of going to his fifth World Cup in 18 months, Pivac said: “I hope so because we have contracted him that distant.

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“There was never any question in my mind that he would unless there was injury. He has to maintain form and be selectable.

“Certainly, he and I have the understanding that is his target, that is what he is going towards and we’ve certainly discussed that.

 “He has been with us a few weeks and we’ve monitored him. He has trained very well, and ticked all the boxes.

“To be playing 150 Test matches for your country, something no one else on the planet has ever done, just shows he is a special person.”

Pivac paid tribute to Biggar, who excelled for Wales during the Six Nations and enjoyed the captaincy role.

“He is a champion, isn’t he?” the coach added. “Dan is somebody that demands high-quality training from himself and his teammates.

“He leads by example and is everything you want in a leader and a good number 10 in terms of managing and running the game.

“To play 100 games, shows resilience, and I am really pleased that he gets to do it in front of a home crowd.”

Biggar captains a team showing seven vicissitudes following the 13-9 defeat against title and Grand Slam-chasing France last Friday.

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Jones apart, other players called up are full-back Johnny McNicholl, wing Louis Rees-Zammit, cente Uilisi Halaholo, scrum-half Gareth Davies, hooker Dewi Lake and prop Dillon Lewis. Players plummeting out include Liam Williams, Alex Cuthbert, Jonathan Davies, Ryan Elias, and Will Rowlands.

A bonus-point victory for Wales over the Azzurri in Cardiff could see them claim a third-place finish, depending on how England and Scotland fare in their final games.

Wales won 42-0 when Italy last visited the Welsh capital and their opponents have lost 36 successive Six Nations Tests since toppling Scotland at Murrayfield in February 2015.

Pivac said: “We would love to (finish third). It would be a great way to finish.

“We’ve got to get a job done on Saturday and then we will sit and wait and see how the other results go.

“Mathematically there is an opportunity to do that and we will certainly be trying to do our bit by getting the win at home.

“We want to attack. We want to create scoring opportunities, which we did against France four or five times, which we’ve been through in the review process.

“We weren’t clinical enough. We want to continue that theme of creating chances, but we want to make sure we make good decisions and finish teams off when we get into that position.”

Player of the year on verge of quitting Welsh rugby amid a freeze on new regional contracts

Wales Rugby World Cup: The first-choice Wales lock is out of the agreement at the end of the season and there is currently a restriction on offering new contracts in Wales. Will Rowlands is on the edge of quitting Welsh rugby with Bath the front sprinters for his signature. To know more about Wales Vs Australia Tickets click here.

The 31-year-old is out of contract at the end of the season and is a board for a host of Gallagher Presidency clubs. Wales Online understands Rowlands is unfulfilled at the current climate in Welsh rugby with the four professional sides powerless to offer new contracts due to an embargo on ratification players for next season.

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As a result, a number of players in Wales are unfortunate with their salary banding, and Rowlands falls into this group. No deal has been signed yet, and the Dragons are frantic to hold onto the Wales lock, but a change back across the Severn for Rowlands looks progressively likely with Bath having pushed ahead of other English clubs in the race for his signature.

Should he opt to reappearance to the Premiership, where he spent seven seasons playing for Wasps, it would spell an end to his international career with Rowlands now well below the 60 caps obligatory to carry on behalf of Wales while plying his trade outside of the four areas.

Whoever is coaching Wales after the Rugby World Cup 2023 will be frantic to have Rowlands at their removal given the lack of depth in this area. Rowlands has been a expose since making his Test debut against France in 2020, quickly founding himself as Wales’ first-choice second-row. At the end of the last period, he was named Wales’s men’s player of the day by the Welsh Rugby Writers Association.

Once a deal between the WRU and the four areas gets signed off, the Dragons will move heaven and earth to try to keep Rowlands at Rodney Parade, but it may well be a circumstance of too little too late.

Whom Wales will really have to beat to spread the Rugby World Cup final next year

Here’s the road to Paris for Wayne Pivac’s squad

Wales coach Wayne Pivac has made it clear that the last goal is winning the Rugby World Cup in France next year. So what precisely needs to happen for that dream to become a reality? Who would Wales have to beat to get to the final in Paris and give themselves a shot at the Webb Ellis cup? Here’s the road map.

Group stage

To start with, Wales would need to develop from their group. They are in Pool C along with Australia, Fiji, and Georgia. That’s a real deja vu scenario as those three were all group adversaries in Japan back in 2019.

There will be one new team on the panel, however. That’s because the pool will be finished by the addition of either the USA, Portugal, Hong Kong, or Kenya. Those four republics will lock horns in a round-robin play-off in Dubai in November, with the final empty spot at the Rugby World Cup 2023 up for grabs.

In order to develop to the knock-out stage, Wales would have to finish in the top two in the pool. Realistically, that means they could only afford to lose one of their four competitions. They kick off their campaign against the Fijians in Bordeaux on Sunday, September 10 next year, while the possibly pivotal meeting with the Wallabies will take place in Lyon a fortnight advanced.  To know more about Wales Vs Georgia Tickets click here.

Quarter-finals

If Pivac’s squad does make it through, they would meet a side from Pool D in the last eight. That unit is made up of England, Argentina, Japan, Samoa, and tournament debutants Chile. Eddie Jones’ England will be favorites to win the group, although it won’t be a plain marine.

Should Wales top Pool C, they will meet the Pool D runners-up in the neighborhood-finals. Most people would imagine that to be the Pumas or the Japanese. If they finish second, then that sets up the very real option of a huge showdown with the old enemy England. They would play their last eight competition at the Stade Velodrome in Marseilles on the weekend of October 14-15.

Semi-finals

Now, this is where it starts to get a bit complex. If Wales were to reach the last four, as they did in Japan in 2019, their adversaries would hinge both on their own route and what occurs on the other side of the draw. The likelihood is it would be one of the ruling champions South Africa, hosts France, New Zealand or Ireland.

Those are the top four flanks in the world rankings at the moment. But, due to the competition format, two of them will miss out on the semifinals. That’s because the sprouts were based on how the rankings looked at the start of 2020, a decision prejudiced by the Covid-19 pandemic. At the time, Wales was the reigning Six Nations Grand Slam winner and ranked fourth.

It meant they were among the top kernels when the draw was made in December 2020. That, in turn, means they would avoid the present top four until the semi-finals of the Rugby World Cup. Those semis will be theatrical at the Stade de France on October 20 & 21.

The Final

Well, it would be nice, wouldn’t it? Should Pivac’s custodies make it all the way, then it could be one of half a dozen teams they meet in Paris on the evening of Saturday, October 28, with England and Australia both possibly in the mix along with the present top four in the world – the Irish, Les Bleus, the Springboks, and the All Blacks.

If Wales were to get this far, it would be their best exertion in a World Cup campaign, eclipsing their third-place finish at the inaugural competition in 1987, along with their two losing semi-finals in 2011 and 2019. And once you are in the final, who distinguishes? So there you have it. As Pivac has continuously said, “Judge me on the World Cup”.

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Josh Macleod is set to make his rugby debut for Wales against Georgia

Georgia vs. Wales Rugby, Wales has chosen a strong starting team, with one or two new players, for their match against Georgia on Saturday. Wayne Pivac made six changes to the Wales team that defeated Argentina in order to get his team ready for Georgia, which was scheduled to play two days earlier. Rugby fans can buy Wales Vs Australia Tickets from our website.

Josh Macleod will make his Wales debut having missed out on the chance the previous season due to injury. On day 23, Josh Adams and Leigh Halfpenny will both return from injuries to participate in the game. Additionally, the substitute debuts of Exeter lock Dafydd Jenkins and Scarlets scrum-half Dane Blacker are possible.

Adams replaces Rio Dyer to start on the flank with Alex Cuthbert as Louis Rees-Zammit continues to play fullback in the back three. Cardiff teammates Tomos Williams and Rhys Priestland are paired at halfback, and Pivac decided to start the same front row as last week, consisting of Gareth Thomas, Ken Owens, and Dillon Lewis.

On day 23, Owen Watkin replaces Nick Tompkins as the inside center and takes up Nick Tompkins’ position in the game. Given that he would return to his club team the following week, it appears Pivac paired Watkin with George North to give them some time together prior to the last autumn encounter against Australia.

Alun Wyn Jones is once again absent

Ben Carter steps in for Will Rowlands in the starting XV to link up with Adam Beard, thus Alun Wyn Jones is once again missing from the matchday roster. After his impressive performance last weekend off the bench, Jac Morgan is given the nod at blindside in the back row, while skipper Justin Tipuric holds his spot at open side and Scarlets back-row Macleod settles in at No. 8.

Bradley Roberts’ replacement as the hooker on the bench will be Ryan Elias, while the prop substitutes will still be Rhodri Jones and Sam Wainwright.

Jenkins was added to the Wales roster on Monday after injuries to Rowlands and Dan Lydiate. After two excellent performances, Taulupe Faletau is moved to the bench to fill out the forward cover.

Sam Costlow, who was last-minute added to the bench against New Zealand after Halfpenny withdrew from the fall opener, is in line for a second cap. The uncapped Blacker fills in as the scrum-half cover on the bench.

The Scarlets full-back, who is anticipated to be picked again, will wait on the sidelines before taking the field for his first Test game since July 2021. According to Pivac, Josh Macleod is a player who has historically had a lot of terrible luck. This is undoubtedly his third time lucky because he is a person we have wanted to use on several occasions.

Jac Morgan should make up a significant portion of our game this coming weekend

He safeguards the back row. We know a lot about him as I was his coach at the Scarlets. He is very enthusiastic, good with the ball, and should contribute significantly to our game this weekend together with Jac Morgan. We can’t wait to see him perform at this level and see what kind of physicality he brings.

The skeleton of the team is there. The current moment is very much in focus because we have a game versus Georgia that we must win. The Australia game is also in mind, though.

We have been keeping a watch on Dafydd Jenkins, a young person, for a time. For the U20s and Exeter Chiefs, he has displayed excellent performance. He conveyed his happiness with what Daf is doing to Rob Baxter during their conversation. Rugby fans can buy Wales Vs Georgia Tickets from our website.

Last week, Daf was the team’s leader, and we respect him for it. He’s only been in camp for a short while, but he’s already gotten the hang of everything pretty well. We are relieved to see him go. He is a unique player in Wales, and we think that this is the ideal time to watch him.

He is without a doubt a player for the future. Georgia will play similarly to Argentina in terms of aggressive play because of their really strong front line. They have a reputation for being highly muscular, strong in the set piece, and strong driving lineout.

Argentina uses the ball much more skillfully

We must improve our performance against Argentina and make much more intelligent use of the ball. Another challenge has been given to the lads, and I think we’ll be looking for a response this weekend. Discipline from the start will be essential for us because, in the last two games, we gave the opposition early points.

Wales: Louis Rees-Zammit; Alex Cuthbert, George North, Owen Watkin, Josh Adams; Rhys Priestland, Tomos Williams; Gareth Thomas, Ken Owens, Dillon Lewis, Ben Carter, Adam Beard, Jac Morgan, Justin Tipuric, Josh Macleod.

Replacements: Bradley Roberts, Rhodri Jones, Sam Wainwright, Dafydd Jenkins, Taulupe Faletau, Dane Blacker, Sam Costlow, Leigh Halfpenny.

Wales summons up two inexperienced players since Will Rowlands and Dan Lydiate are out until the fall.

Dafydd Jenkins and Rhys Davies, two second-row rookies, have been called up by Wales for the remaining matches of the Autumn Nations Series. For the games against Georgia and Australia, Wayne Pivac has decided to start Exeter’s Jenkins and Ospreys’ Davies in the second row.

They replace the Dragons lock Will Rowlands and the Ospreys back-rower Lydiate, both of whom were hurt during Saturday’s 20-13 victory against Argentina. Lydiate broke her arm, while Rowlands had a shoulder injury.

Wales has been monitoring both players for a while. Jenkins was recently mentioned as a potential starter for the World Cup in France that will be played the following year. Jenkins was anticipated to travel to South Africa in the summer.

As his club coach Toby Booth stated last month, Pivac and his coaching ticket were keeping a close eye on Davies. When Rowlands departed from the game late on Saturday, backup hooker Ryan Elias moved to the side and No. 8 Taulupe Faletau moved to the second row.

“Rhys is a very good player who is always improving, “Booth added. “He works extremely hard and plays tough. He has visited a few Welsh camps so that they can assess him. About how to bring him there, we’re all on the same page. He has been invited to such camps, which indicates that they share our opinion of him as a player with promise. That’s exciting, then.

Lydiate had to leave the match against Argentina after only 28 minutes

After just 28 minutes, Lydiate was forced to exit the match against Argentina. After that, Lydiate received appreciation from Pivac for stepping up to the plate in the wake of the death of his father, John. Despite suffering from personal loss, the Ospreys flanker wanted to participate in the team’s black armband memorial game.

Sam Costlow, who was last-minute added to the bench against New Zealand when Halfpenny withdrew from the fall opener, is in position for a second cap. The uncapped Blacker steps in as the scrum-half cover on the bench.

It is anticipated that the Scarlets full-back will be chosen once more. will wait to play in his first Test game since July 2021 by waiting on the bench. According to Pivac, Josh Macleod is a player who has historically had a lot of bad luck. This is undoubtedly his third time lucky because he is a person we have wanted to use on several occasions.

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Wales RWC team as things stand sees some Six Nations players miss out

Wales are now expected to start rationalization the squad in the run-up to next year’s R, with 33 places obtainable say Wayne Pivac needs to start drilling down names into his World Cup plans and must be an early applicant for understatement of the year. Quite how many players are inked in at this stage we cannot know after a Six Nations that ended messily for Wales, but maybe we can have a stab at projecting how Pivac’s squad will look.

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Alun Wyn Jones has already optional Pivac is likely to start cutting players, while Dan Biggar revealed post-match talks between the team saw them conclude it may have been the end of the road for approximate players. The coach is allowed to pick 33 for the competition in France’s next year’s Rugby World Cup, up two from previous global bashes, with player welfare driving the variation.

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Even from 18 months out, Liam Williams and Josh Adams looked sure to be part of Pivac’s plans. Both are Test animals and both can play on the wing or at full-back if obligatory. It seems a safe bet to assume Louis Rees-Zammit will be at the gathering as well. While he may have had a patchy recent Six Nations, he is a player with extreme pace who can score strange tries. Given Wales’ ongoing fights to develop an aggressive game,

it would be more than a shade of strange for the coaches to opt to overlook potentially one of their best offensive players. Certainly, though, he needs to improve his self-justifying game. Alex Cuthbert’s strong running and carnality offer Pivac something dissimilar and Gareth Anscombe can cover fly-half as well as a full-back. Could he offer a playmaking option at 12 as well? It’s just a thought.

Johnny McNicholl will be there or thereabouts, perhaps competing with Cuthbert for a spot. Ioan Lloyd, Owen Lane, and Mat Protheroe will be among others assertive and hard to excite Pivac. George North can switch to the wing in the event of injuries.

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It’s been a worrying area throughout the season, with much chopping and changing in the assortment. George North’s return to suitability should settle substances down a tad, with the big man set for a strike runners’ role. He’s nailed down, and Tompkins

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Dan Biggar continues to split sentiments. One writer had him down as his player of the Six Nations, saying he was

“now one of the great statesmen of the game. Up there with Barry John and Gareth Edwards”.

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Rugby World Cup Player Biggar will shrug and get on with it, knowing that he’ll never be content with all of the people all of the time. But Pivac knows his worth as a leader and as a fierce contestant. The challenge for the coach is to find players who can offer original options outside Biggar. Gareth Anscombe can cover fly-half and full-back. Callum Sheedy needs to recover at the Test level, but Wales has invested a fair quantity of time in him.

Likely selections: Dan Biggar, and Callum Sheedy.

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Tomos Williams had been playing well before option up a bump against France. He will head for France as Wales’ number one scrum-half. Kieran Hardy will travel as well. Pivac doesn’t seem a fan of Rhys Webb, who hasn’t started a Test for Wales since 2020, despite reliable form for the Ospreys. Lloyd Williams has also been out in the cold.

So, Gareth Davies should be at the gathering as well. He had an outstanding game for the Scarlets against Glasgow lately but failed to influence the match against Italy. Pivac will want other challengers to emerge, but right now there are no clear ones on the horizon.

Likely selections: Tomos Williams, Kieran Hardy, Gareth Davies.

must be close to liking that status as well, with Saracen the form centre in the Wales Rugby World Cup squad before taking a knock to the head afterward the England game. Owen Watkin has impressed Wales’ coaches over the past two months and should have a chance to consolidate his position in the set-up on tour in South Africa this summer. That may be that, but if Wales does take the fourth centre it’s not unthinkable Johnny Williams will travel.

Willis Halaholo and Jonathan Davies have just been contained in the Six Nations but injuries interrupted Williams’ challenge for a place. He has arisen from a tough couple of weeks with the Scarlets with his standing intact and he has shown he can play at 13 as well as 12. Midfield woes during the recent competition may not help Halaholo and Davies. At this stage, Scott Williams doesn’t seem on the locator.

Likely selections: George North, Owen Watkin, Nick Tompkins, Johnny Williams.

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Again, the choice is limited, with Pivac not appearing to be wild about Nicky Smith, despite the 41-cap man playing well at the local level. He makes ground with the ball in hand, he can scrummage, achieve turnovers and he’s a good protector. Quite what else he needs to do to impress Wayne Pivac and Jonathan Humphreys is a mystery Miss Marple might fight to get her head around.

Corey Domachowski? Possibly, he could threaten Rhys Carre’s place in Pivac’s plans. There again, Carre is a unit that takes the ball forward. If Wales and Cardiff can improve his scrummaging, he could yet grow into the player he once assured to be.

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Pivac must request each night Tomas Francis stays fit, with the Ospreys man out on his own as the leading tight-head scrummager in Welsh rugby. Samson Lee expressions a long time on the sidelines with injury, with the jury still reflecting on Will Griff John at the Test level.

Dillon Lewis didn’t show up for the second half against Italy. He’s good in the moveable but as an international-class scrummage, we still need to see more. Even now, Leon Brown hasn’t shown himself to be over the article, either. But Pivac isn’t overly blessed with choices here.

Likely selections: Gareth Thomas, Wyn Jones, Rhys Carre, Tomas Francis, Dillon Lewis, Leon Brown.

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One of the few areas that worked for Wales during the Six Nations. Ryan Elias was better as a starter as the competition went on, tackling and carrying himself to a standstill in some games. There were a few lineout malfunctions, but not all were his fault. A pat on the back for Dewi Lake, too. He took every unintentional that came to his way and contempt a couple of errors against Italy, he emerged as one of Wales’ best players on the day — not bad for a youngster making his first start at the Test level. He’s tough, a robust carrier, a big hitter and he contests for the ball at the breakdown.

 Lake also plays with a lot of emotion. Possibly, the sky’s the limit for him. Over the next year, he could push hard to be careful Wales’ first-choice hooker. It’s a punt to fill the quota of hookers, with Ken Owens having sat out Wales’ international package this term because of a back injury. But if he can return to fitness and form, the emotional criterion of the Wales team of so many past campaigns make it.

Likely selections: Ryan Elias, Dewi Lake, Ken Owens.

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The two front-line Wales locks in the Six Nations will head for France, with the probability that Alun Wyn Jones will join them.

This effort last weekend wasn’t faultless, allowance ought to be made for the game is his first in five months. If he is not gunfire at his very best this time next year, then of course it could be time for a serious conversation. But don’t bank on such a state playing out. Jones will likely make any decision for Pivac if his form is not where it should be. Right now, it is not clear any young locks are coming through rapidly enough to challenge him for his Rugby World Cup place. Rightly, he will want to challenge Adam Beard and Will Rowlands. Let’s see how it goes.

Seb Davies could still be the fourth lock, contempt Wales looking at him as a back-rower over the past two Six Nations rounds. Ben Carter has some development to do.

Likely selections: Will Rowlands, Adam Beard, Alun Wyn Jones, Seb Davies.

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Back rowers (6)

Four players pick themselves: Josh Navidi, Taulupe Faletau, Justin Tipuric, and Ross Moriarty. All of them are proven, Test warriors. Wales Rugby World Cup Player will hope Christ Tshiunza comes to the party as a hybrid player, accomplished in playing lock and in the back row. The Exeter Chief has great power, hits hard, and with the ball in hand can be a sight to behold.

The final pick? A lot can alteration over 18 months, but Jac Morgan is tough, combative, and a breakdown specialist. He is also a player who seems to get healthier with every game. Right now, he’s looking for a reasonable bet for the Rugby World Cup. Taine Basham and James Botham, Cardiff’s best player on their short tour of South Africa, will lead the test, with Aaron Wainwright in the mix as well.

Likely selections: Josh Navidi, Ross Moriarty, Christ Tshiunza, Justin Tipuric, Jac Morgan, and Taulupe Faletau.

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Wales Rugby World Cup: Captain Dan Biggar is a late withdrawal for Northampton

Wales Rugby World Cup captain Dan Biggar was a late withdrawal from the Northampton team on Saturday for their rounded two Gallagher Premiership game at home to London Irish. Having led his nation on their July tour to South Africa, the out-half was named on Friday in the Saints XV for their home match versus the Exiles after he had missed last Sunday’s opening round overthrow at Sale.

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captain Dan Biggar is a late withdrawal for Northampton
Captain Dan Biggar is a late withdrawal for Northampton

Northampton had been looking onward to getting Biggar back in harness, their original team media release interpretation Saints will run out by Dan Biggar for the first time this Saturday, as the Wales fly-half skippers the side when London Irish head to cinch Stadium at Franklin’s Gardens for the Gallagher Chancellorship clash.

Wales Rugby World Cup Captain Biggar lines up alongside Alex Mitchell in the half-back moorings for the clash with the Exiles, while Scotland international Rory Hutchinson revenues to the side to partner Matt Proctor in the midfield. Biggar was called Saints captain as Lewis Ludlam is still undergoing his rest retro following his straw-hat tour of Australia with England.

Dan Biggar

However, the view of Biggar skippering his club at home under a new manager of rugby Phil Dowson was scuppered soon before kick-off on Saturday when his place in the team was given to James Grayson, with George Furbank taking over the captainship.

Dan Biggar (illness) has been ruled out of Northampton Saints’ Gallagher Premiership clash with London Irish this p.m. read a media announcement shortly. Before the scheduled 2 pm start. The fly-half is substituted for the men in black, lime, and gold by James Grayson, who will wear No10. Full-back George Furbank will take over the captainship of the side.

The soon-to-be 33-year-old Biggar ongoing all the matches on the Wales tour of South Africa, a series that finished 2-1 in errand of the Springboks after they won the deciding third Test in Cape Town on July Sixteen.  To Know more about Wales V Fiji Tickets click here.

Captain Wales Rugby World Cup Dan Biggar says the 2023 World Cup will be ‘very much a level playing field’

Wales, Ireland, England, and Scotland all listed victories in the southern hemisphere on Saturday to set up series games; Watch all four matches live on Sky Sports Action on Sat., July 16, starting with the attention of New Zealand vs Ireland from 7.30 am.

Wales Rugby World Cup Captain Dan Biggar says the 2023 World Cup will be 'very much a level playing field'
Wales Rugby World Cup Captain Dan Biggar says the 2023 World Cup will be ‘very much a level playing field’

Skipper Dan Biggar feels the 2023 Rugby World Cup will be ‘very much an equal playing field’ after a triumphant stay for the northern hemisphere nations. Biggar and his Welsh team-mates ended 58 years of hurt on South African soil on Saturday by beating the world champions 13-12 in Bloemfontein.

Said, Biggar.

Meanwhile, Ireland logged their first victory against the All Blacks in New Zealand, England felled Australia in Brisbane and Scotland saw off Argentina away from home-based. All four touring teams now go into series games next Saturday, live on Sky Sports – and Biggar senses a likely power shift as teams prepare for next year’s global show. It is thrilling, looking forward to 12 months or so in France, said, Biggar.

There is not one stand-out team going into the Rugby World Cup, as there has been the last twosome of times probably. Where New Zealand has been streets ahead of everybody. It is very much a level playing field, and anyone can beat someone.

A week after assertive South Africa to the limit in the first Test. Wales leveled the series when Gareth Anscombe kicked a touchline chance two minutes from time after fellow substitute Josh Adams had claimed his 20th Test try. That sealed Wales’ first conquest over the Springboks in South Africa, at the 12th effort, and came little more than three months after Wayne Pivac’s side’s chastening Six Nations defeat to Italy in Cardiff.

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Credit to Wayne and the organization that we probably didn’t overreact to the end of the Six Nations, said Rugby World Cup Skipper Biggar. They took a blow to his shoulder joint and went off early in the second half at Toyota Stadium. We certainly should have won against France; we could have won against England. And we were disappointed with the way things were over. To Know more about Wales Vs Australia Tickets click here.

We stuck true to our weapons and game plan in terms of what we are trying to achieve. When you lose, those defeats tend to last for months and months. As opposed to occasionally your victories being over before you blink. There have been some very, very decent Wales teams to have come here and been sent packing. We are a tight-knit group, and everyone merits a pat on the back. The result was particularly sweet for match-winner Anscombe following his long fight to overcome career-threatening knee damage.

Wales Rugby World Cup Team
Wales Rugby World Cup Team

 The 31-year-old fly-half wasted the 2019 Rugby World Cup. And more than two years of Test rugby before recurring against New Zealand last autumn. Last week was two years to the day. When I had the operation and it wasn’t about whether I was going to play again, it was whether I was going to run, Anscombe told the Welsh Rugby Union site. There were so many nonentities and it is just a bit of a ‘pinch me instantly that I am here. That effort, that kick, is the conclusion of so many people’s works.

Wales Rugby World Cup Odds Dragons Are 22/1 To Victory Webb Ellis Cup

With three semi-final arrivals to their name. Wales can boast of having the best record of the three Celtic nations that regularly contest at the Rugby World Cup. However, that is not reproduced in their odds-on betting sites. Whereas Scotland has only once touched the last four of the Webb Ellis Cup. And Ireland is yet to progress to that stage from nine preceding attempts – it is a more familiar occurrence for the Dragons. 

Although it was followed by a significant lull period, Wales progressed to the penultimate phase of the inaugural Rugby World Cup in 1987. After beating neighbors England in the preceding round. The Welsh found eventual winners New Zealand too hot to handle in the semi-finals. However, victory against Australia in the third-place play-off ensured the Dragons over the tournament on a high.

Wales Always Modest Under Gatland

Fortunes were mixed for Wales in the World Cup finals under a series of head coaches. Before Warren Gatland eventually got them back on track in an expressive way. Back in 2011 in his innate New Zealand, Gatland got one over on his former side Ireland. At the quarter-final stage and only barely lost out to France in the final four. Following quarter-final removal to South Africa in 2015, Gatland bookended his lengthy spell as Welsh head coach by facing the Springboks for a place in the showpiece game just under three years ago. 

Both this and their following play-off clash with New Zealand saw them coming out on the wrong side of the result. But it was a strong showing overall in Japan from Wales. The Welsh will be one of the main contestants when it comes to the 2023 Six Nations betting. That’s down to their recent history of achievement. Which has seen them winning four Grand Slams from 2005 to 2019, as well as six names in total over the past 17 years. 

Yet Wayne Pivac’s charges have had a problematic time on either side of securing the Six Nations in 2021. With just one win to show for their labors from five games in 2020. And 2022 versions of the competition. This made them seventh favorites to claim glory in France next year and while this precise ranking hasn’t changed. The nature of their setback to South Africa on Saturday – a 30-14 defeat. That saw them losing the series 2-1 – has affected their Rugby World Cup betting odds in fresh days.

Wales Always Modest Under Gatland
Wales Always Modest Under Gatland

Their present form has seen Wales drop behind South Africa

Their present form has seen Wales drop behind South Africa. And their southern cerebral hemisphere rivals Australia in the race for the worldwide title. That’s why UK bookies Betfair and 888sport are placing a value of 22/1 the Rugby World Cup outright odds on Wales being crowned winners of the competition for the very first time. 

Qualifying for the wow stages of next year’s Rugby World Cup is entirely feasible with themselves. And Australia is the favorites to progress from Pool C ahead of Fiji, Georgia, and a still-to-be strongminded final qualifier. That said, Wales did suffer a shock defeat at the end of this year’s Six Nations to Italy. Who is now just below Fiji and Georgia in the world positions?

Some Signs of Reassurance for Wales Rugby World Cup This Summer

A Guinness Pro12 winner with Scarlets in the past, the above-mentioned Pivac still has some credit in the bank. As the importance of that Six Nations triumph of 2021. Indeed, despite the dissatisfaction of their third test loss on the tour to South Africa. It was generally felt that Wales exceeded expectations this summer. 

After losing by just three points (32-29) in the inaugural test in Pretoria. A Josh Adams try helped the visitors to crush past the Springboks in their second showdown at Bloemfontein on July 9. If they can build on the positive features of their performances in these games over the next 12 months. Then their Rugby World Cup 2023 odds on betting apps could very well be changed.

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Juan Imhoff says the consistent strain of working in an air pocket away from home

Rugby World Cup 2023: Juan Imhoff on his ongoing Los Pumas absence

Juan Imhoff says the consistent strain of working in an air pocket away from home means. He is probably not going to pull on the Argentina pullover any time soon and is in any event. Discussing his accessibility for the Rugby World Cup 2023 in France. The wing pulled out from this present season’s November internationals due to corona’s various limitations. As the Pumas proceeded with their troublesome life out. And about in the center of a pandemic. Fans can buy Rugby World Cup 2023 Tickets from our website.

Juan Imhoff says the consistent strain of working in an air pocket away from home
Juan Imhoff says the consistent strain of working in an air pocket away from home

They have played every one of their games from home since August 2019. With players residing in lodgings during Test camps to diminish the danger of contracting Covid-19. The 33-year-old didn’t play in the current year’s Rugby Championship organized in Australia. Or the November tests, picking to remain with his club. Racing 92 where he has conveyed top-notch play beginning around 2011.

Imhoff told AFP:

For me, the bio-secure air pockets, the lodgings, that Argentina are dependably the away group. That there’s no political weight so that we’re similar to different countries. It’s awful for your physical and emotional wellness. I would not appreciate rugby by any stretch of the imagination in the event that I wasn’t great. So I returned to essentials, to care for myself. My psychological and actual wellbeing, so I can return to my best. Assuming that Argentina needs me I’ll be there.

It’s troublesome, the outcomes aren’t coming. What’s stressing, is that we haven’t observed a personality on the field. It will come in light of the fact that there are players who are exceptionally gifted. And they’re a group that works a great deal. They simply need to calibrate things. There’s an absence of coordination, particularly with the finish of Super Rugby for the Jaguares. It’s not one detail why Argentina isn’t great at this moment. There are a ton of things.

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Imhoff has won 33 covers and highlighted at two Rugby World Cups
Imhoff has won 33 covers and highlighted at two Rugby World Cups

Imhoff has won 33 covers and was highlighted at two Rugby World Cups however couldn’t say whether will be with the group in France in RWC 2023. Where the Pumas will handle a pool containing England, Japan, and Samoa. Truly, I’m not mulling over everything. I haven’t posed myself the inquiry, he said. I really want to converse with my family. Global rugby is an outcome of everybody’s degree of execution. It’s not you who chooses.

There is additionally the subject of where he will play next season as his Paris club contract is finishing and he added: It’s hard to discuss that. I know nothing. I have an amazing proclivity with this club. My entire family is connected to this club. It’s the place where I’m at home, I’ve never considered leaving. I need the best for the club, it’s truly outstanding on the planet.

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Grains and Australia have met each year beginning around 2005 bar 2020 and have played each other at seven Rugby World Cups

RWC 2023 Tickets: France and New Zealand rivalry threatens major shake-up

The Autumn Nations Series closes this end of the week and is the penultimate game in Paris. Among France and New Zealand is the one everybody with a strong fascination with France Rugby World Cup 2023 has been hanging tight for. Fans can buy Rugby World Cup 2023 Tickets from our website.

The Autumn Nations Series closes this end of the week and the penultimate game in Paris among France and New Zealand
The Autumn Nations Series closes this end of the week and the penultimate game in Paris among France and New Zealand

Saturday’s experience at the Stade de France is a dress practice for when the hosts meet. The three-time victors and enduring top pick indeed, in a similar arena. In the initial round of the competition on Friday 8 September 2023.  New Zealand comes into this match with satisfaction scratched following the misfortune to Ireland in Dublin. While France is yet to taste rout this fall, though against undeniably less vaunted resistance.

Sentimentalism has gotten back to French rugby yet a success for Les Bleus. This installation interestingly beginning around 2009 isn’t past the domains of the creative mind given the vibe great element pervading through the crew. Notwithstanding, New Zealand seldom experiences consecutive losses not to mention losses to France.

All Blacks mentor Ian Foster

 With the prize of not just closure the year with a record 100 attempts or more to their name and the opportunity to end the year. As world number one, they’ll not really set in stone to strike an early mental blow in front of the Rugby World Cup drapery raiser. Almost certainly aware of weakness toward the finish of a 14-test year like no other. All Blacks mentor Ian Foster has rolled out seven improvements to the firing lineup that went down 29-20 in Dublin.

England gets retribution for their Rugby World Cup 2019 last loss to South Africa
England gets retribution for their Rugby World Cup 2019 last loss to South Africa

Quite, there are reviews for Aaron Smith at scrum-half and previous chief Sam Cane in the back column. Smith’s straight on with World Rugby 15s Men’s Player of the Year. Chosen one Antoine Dupont will be one to watch, without a doubt.

If England gets retribution for their Rugby World Cup 2019 last loss to South Africa at Twickenham in the prior of the two openers. Success in Paris would guarantee the All Blacks of the main spot in the World Rugby Men’s Rankings – just insofar as they win themselves. It would be the fifth time the authority has changed hands between current pioneers in South Africa. And the All Blacks in a little more than two months if that occurs.

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This current end of the week’s timetable hurls various rehashes of Rugby World Cup 2019 match-ups. Besides the previously mentioned re-run of 2019 last, Scotland will be hellbent on clearing up everything against Japan after the Brave Blossoms disposed of them from the pool stages, while Wales is facing recognizable adversaries in Australia.

This current end of the week’s timetable hurls various rehashes of Rugby World Cup 2019 match-ups

Grains and Australia have met each year beginning around 2005 bar 2020 and have played each other at seven Rugby World Cups. Their last gathering came in Japan and Wales won an undeniably exhilarating experience 29-25. Fiji versus Georgia is a game that can be watched around the world. Rugby is one more return to the last Rugby World Cup.

A rehash of the 45-10 scoreline in the Pacific Islanders’ approval would see them return to the world’s main 10. Yet provided that joined with a substantial loss for Japan at Murray field. A new low of seventeenth could occur for Italy if they lose to RWC 2023. Americas 1 qualifier Uruguay and the Tonga v Romania results don’t fall in their direction.

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Fijian players learn quickly, and while some may argue that you should just let them perform naturally

RWC 2023: Fiji insider’s Rugby World Cup warning for Wales and Australia ahead of 2023

With the establishment of the Fiji Drua Super Rugby franchise and the return from the injury of Semi Radradra and Levani Botia, acting head coach Gareth Baber has warned World Cup opponents Wales and Australia that Fiji will be even more dangerous at the RWC 2023 event in France. Fans can buy Rugby World Cup 2023 Tickets from our website.

Fiji Drua Super Rugby franchise and the return from the injury of Semi Radradra and Levani Botia
Fiji Drua Super Rugby franchise and the return from the injury of Semi Radradra and Levani Botia

Radradra, the brilliant Bristol Centre, and La Rochelle’s “Demolition Man” Botia were absent from Fiji’s 38-23 defeat by Wales in Cardiff last weekend when a European-based squad coached by Baber – who was filling in for head coach Vern Cotter, who was in New Zealand – came close to upsetting the odds.

In the loss to Wales, winger Eroni Sau was sent off, and flankers Albert Tuisue and Eroni Mawi received yellow cards, reducing Fiji to 14 men for three-quarters of the game and needing to play with just 13 for the final 20 minutes.

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Fiji is in Pool C at the Rugby World Cup 2023, alongside Wales and Australia. As well as the winner of the Europe 1 qualifier and the final qualifier. Baber, who is coaching Fiji alongside Ireland’s Rory Best and the Scottish duo of Richie Gray and Duncan Hodge. Believes the Fijian Drua franchise will provide Cotter with even more talent to use in France.

“I am quite enthused about what Fiji could do at the Rugby World Cup 2023,” Baber told Rugby pass.

I’ve seen what Fiji can accomplish with the correct mindset and clarity of purpose. As long as they stick to the standards they set. It makes them a formidable team. Aside from the European players that will return. The Drua team will be there, which means you will witness a squad of Fijian players who have had Super Rugby experience.

Fiji is in Pool C at the Rugby World Cup 2023, alongside Wales and Australia
Fiji is in Pool C at the Rugby World Cup 2023, alongside Wales and Australia

I am confident that a good group of Flying Fijian players will emerge from the Drua squad. This is particularly exciting because this is the first time players have operated together every week. Vern and the coaches will greatly benefit from it. The goal against Georgia is for this current group to take another step forward in terms of demonstrating. What they are capable of at the Rugby World Cup.

Fijian players learn quickly

Fijian players learn quickly, and some may argue that you should just let them perform naturally. This undermines their learning abilities.

“Mentally, it is easier to get up for a game against a Top 10 team in their city,” Baber said.

Adding that his squad now faces an even greater physical battle with Georgia. Who caused France problems last weekend.

We’re playing Georgia in Madrid, and it’ll be interesting to see how we prepare psychologically and physically after such a short week. Which includes travel. The situation is comparable to what Fiji might face in the Rugby World Cup 2023.

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