Tag Archives: Ospreys

Wales warned not to expect ‘too much too soon’ of Matthew Morgan

13 Apr

Morgan in action for Wales U20s

Ospreys skills coach Gruff Rees has warned against expecting “too much too soon” from Swansea starlet Matthew Morgan, as the young fly-half continues to impress.

Morgan has been in glittering form for the Ospreys and Swansea RFC this season, while he also starred for the Wales Under 20s during the Six Nations.

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Young sets Blues Magners ultimatum

29 Mar

Dai Young has demanded the Blues are perfect from now on, if they're to make the play-offs

Cardiff Blues coach Dai Young has laid down the gauntlet to his players for the season finale, by challenging them to win all five of their remaining matches.

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Morgan Allen shines as young Ospreys bulldoze Blues

29 Jan


The Ospreys strode to a commanding 29-7 win against the Cardiff Blues as both sides fielded youthful teams in the LV Cup.

An Ospreys pack featuring Welsh internationals Duncan Jones, Mefin Davies and Ian Evans overwhelmed the Blues’ vulnerable young forwards, but it was a lesser known back-rower who caught the eye for the visitors.

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Is James Hook leading a Welsh rugby exodus?

20 Jan

With James Hook set to leave the Ospreys for a lucrative deal in France, and his potential successor for Wales, Steven Shingler, signing for London Irish, an exodus seems to be taking hold of Welsh rugby.

Wales’ Grand Slam-winning full-back Lee Byrne is another who has been widely tipped for a move abroad, as Wales braces itself for a mass outpouring of talent.

Whereas Hook’s departure may come as little surprise (given his high profile, the wages on offer at Perpignan and the competition for places at the Ospreys), Shingler’s could raise a few more eyebrows.

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Developing Welsh rugby’s next generation: Gruff Rees

9 Jan


As Ospreys skills coach and the newly-appointed head coach of the Wales Under 18 side, Gruff Rees is just the man to give an encouraging, if cautionary, assessment of Welsh rugby.

Sporting an Ospreys hat and hoodie together with a pair of WRU tracksuit bottoms, Rees looks the part, and he talks it too, as he shares with The XV his thoughts about future Welsh prospects, the regional game and the Premiership.

We meet for a coffee straight after a day’s work with the Ospreys, although there is little need for caffeine to enliven Rees (above, centre, with Wales Under 18s team manager Gethin Watts and assistant Dale McIntosh), who is relishing his new role with the Wales Under 18s.

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