All of the Welsh Rugby World Cup team will be at the Wales training camp this weekend alongside Toulon’s Dan Biggar, meaning five Guinness Six Nations players Warren Gatland will return to their English clubs. Louis Rees-Zammit sits on the Gloucester bench for their duel with Harlequins on Friday night and Leicester Tigers’ Tommy Reffell will take on compatriot Nick Tompkins when the Saracens visit Mattioli Woods Welford Road on Sunday. RWC fans can buy Wales Vs Georgia Tickets from our website.
Christ Tshiunza and Dafydd Jenkins will return to Exeter but will not play for the Chiefs on their week off. Welsh scrum-half Rhys Webb is reportedly set to compete under former England coach Eddie Jones for the return of the Barbarians in May as he prepares to face a Steve Hansen-trained World XV. Webb, 34, previously played for the Barbarians against England in 2019 and New Zealand in 2022.
If the Ospreys fail to reach the final of the Rugby World Cup, Webb and team-mate Alun Wyn Jones should make the famous one at Twickenham on May 28 Wear Baabaas jersey. Likewise, all English players’ participation is conditional on their clubs not participating in the Premiership final, which is being played at Twickenham the day before. Former Wales international Kingsley Jones has been announced as assistant coach to Eddie, his namesake, for this clash.
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Rhodri Williams has reaffirmed Dai Flanagan’s genuine sincerity as the Dragons work to get the season back on track. Scrum-half Williams believes it’s time to be fair at Rodney Parade after six straight RWC losses dating back to November. The resolve of a team going through tough times will be tested on Saturday night when the Dragons take on the mighty and undefeated 13th consecutive URC leader Leinster in Dublin in a match that will start live from 7:30 pm and is transferred to S4C.
18:00, with commentary in English. Home Truths was part of the analysis of Flanagan’s recent performances, but Williams is quick to point out that honest conversations are welcome in the dressing room and everyone is responsible. We desperately needed honest talks with each other, and we got them, says Number 9. I’ve had honest talks with Dai myself, and that was respected. He’s honest with everyone – or beat around the bush then you’ll get caught.
When something goes wrong in a team, you have to be honest and work through it. The current structure of the season has given us time to reflect. There are things in our game that we have to correct and that we have to do against Leinster. Last time out in late January, the Dragons took 42 points, losing to Glasgow and 30 points at home to the Lions in the final round of the European Challenge Cup before the Rugby World Cup.
We are disappointed as a group with recent results
Williams knows any discussion of Flanagan’s recovery will be pointless unless the results prove it, and with six games left only one at home, a good finish is essential for a manager to stay well within the time limit. We are disappointed as a group with recent results but it’s not just a disaster. Added Williams, 29, who will captain the team following the return of Ross Moriarty.
We should have won more games but there are patches where our teams are leading 14-0 and even 21-0 early on. We need to start offering 80-minute shows and the results will change. At Dai, I see a different approach and I think there is real quality in this squad but it’s not good to just show it in a flash. Rugby World Cup fans can buy Wales Vs Australia Tickets from our website.
Watson was released by Scotland for Edinburgh’s Scarlets fixture
Hamish Watson has been dismissed from the Scotland squad for Saturday’s Edinburgh game against the Scarlets. Flanker and hooker Dave Cherry have been cleared for the BKT United Rugby Championship clash at Llanelli after the RWC. Damien Hoyland returns from injury to start on the wing, while scrum-half Charlie Shiel and stopper Jamie Hodgson are also recalled. Chris Dean was substituted on the bench after recovering from a concussion.
The Reps are back in training this week
Head coach Mike Blair said: We’ve had a much focused week of practice and the lads are looking forward to playing in the league again. This brief hiatus in the six-nation window has allowed us to take stock and reflect on what we are doing well and what we can do better as a team. The Reps are back in training this week and have created a lot of excitement.
The team dynamic is excellent and we are full of energy ahead of Saturday’s game at Parc y Scarlets. The Scarlets have been doing very well lately and they are still strong at home but so far this season we have had excellent results away from home with URC wins at Cardiff and at Zebre which gives us a for us as a Club enormously important game gives some confidence after the Rugby World Cup.
Welsh rugby’s almighty mess, the immoral treatment of players, and the uncomfortable truths
There has never been a lack of drama in Welsh rugby. But it’s hard to imagine a more dramatic moment than this. The game in Wales is in crisis and the strife between Welsh RWC Union. And its 4 professional regions never end. Players were threatened with a strike after regions offering binding contracts were frozen. Putting Wales in doubt in next weekend’s Six Nations clash with England. So how did we get here, and what’s likely to happen next?
Why is Welsh rugby in this situation?
The Professional Rugby Agreement (PRA) was revised. And the Professional Rugby World Cup. That runs the professional game in Wales, was busy drawing up a new six-year financial framework. To move the game forward. In most industries for so long, the WRU and its 4 expert regions have clashed on several key issues. The main debate worried the WRU’s resolve that regional donors sign personal aid forms. To cover not only regional shortages but also when the WRU does not meet its revenue targets.
In the so-called Project Rest of 2018. Then-WRU CEO Martyn Phillips wanted less reliance on benefactors. But his successor Steve Phillips insisted on the return of the likes of Peter Thomas (Cardiff). And Rob Davies (Ospreys). , But also any drop in WRU revenue for professional games. The oral agreement was announced just before Christmas and non-binding protocols were signed in January.
This latter document is an introduction to the main agreement and outlines the areas where agreement has been largely reached. But in the meantime, Phillips has resigned as chief executive. After WRU was accused of fostering an institutional culture of misogyny and sexism. Despite signing the conditions, the regions have not received a multi-annual contract and therefore have nothing to sign. A senior Welsh RWC official told Wales Online the WRU’s approach is over-conservative.
From the New Year regions can discuss conditional player contract offers
Without a formal agreement, the regions could not make specific offers to the players. As they faced bankruptcy if the final agreement was changed. The impact on players has been extremely damaging, with recruitment and retention being frozen. From the New Year regions can discuss conditional player contract offers. But cannot sign legal contracts until an agreement is reached at the Professional Rugby Board level.