Tag Archives: Welsh rugby

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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The XV: Rhys Patchell

13 Jul


Position: Fly-half / Full-back

School: Ysgol Glantaf

As comfortable at full-back as he is at his preferred position of fly-half, Rhys Patchell is a bright prospect with the skill and nous to control games.

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Rees calls up 11 Cardiff Blues for first Wales U18 squad

10 Feb

Wales Under 18 coach Gruff Rees has named 11 Cardiff Blues academy players in his 30-man squad for the forthcoming international season.

Rees, who spoke about the development process in an interview with The XV last month, selected the players from a preliminary group of 52 players.

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Podcast: Six Nations Preview

2 Feb

The XV preview the 2011 Six Nations on Radio Cardiff.

To listen, just click here.

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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Cardiff Blues v Castres – LIVE

14 Jan

Follow The XV and Radio Cardiff for tonight’s Heineken Cup match between the Cardiff Blues and Castres Olympique.

LIVE – Cardiff Blues v Castres Olympique

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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