Tag Archives: The XV

Ystrad Prosper in the Mud

29 Jan

Ystrad Rhondda advanced to the next round of the Swalec Plate but they were pushed all the way by a workmanlike Fairwater outfit.

It was a game of endless endeavour on a seriously heavy pitch at Ashcroft Park with tries coming from Ystrad’s Dai Gratton and Anton Phillips for the home side. The boot of Alex Webber proved to be the difference on the day as the visitors won the game by 16 points to 5.

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Podcast: Scotland v Wales preview

11 Feb

The XV join forces with The Cardiffian to look forward to Wales’ crunch Six Nation clash away to Scotland.

Listen here:

Podcast: Scotland v Wales preview by DafPritchard

Warren Gatland is a man under pressure, and he has responded by bringing James Hook in at outside-half for the dropped Stephen Jones.

Big talking points, all discussed by Daf Pritchard, Will Bain, Rich Ashton and Richard Welbirg. Production and audio courtesy of Tom Brown and Victoria Turner.

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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The XV: Llew Jones

29 Dec

Position: Number Eight

School: Ysgol Glantaf

The back row is an area where caps are up for grabs in the Wales team at the moment, and while a national call-up may be a little far away for Glantaf’s Llew Jones, he is certainly a number eight with a bright future.

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Cardiff fans call on WRU to do more for grassroots rugby

17 Dec

The deep freeze has taken a vice-tight hold on the UK this winter, and grassroots rugby in Cardiff is one area where the cold has hit particularly hard.

Some schools have been unable to play any rugby for five-week periods due to frozen pitches, and the inactivity has brought some uncomfortable truths to the surface.

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This is: The XV

26 Oct

“The whole point of rugby is that it is, first and foremost, a state of mind, a spirit” – Jean-Pierre Rives.

Rugby in Wales is all of these things, and we want The XV to be your stage, your forum. We’ll feature the best stories, the most exciting match reports and we want to know what rugby means to you.

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