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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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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Radyr 7 – 24 Glantaf: Report

15 Dec

Fantastic view across Cardiff as Radyr host Glantaf

 

The cold snap has thwarted rugby in Cardiff but today Ysgol Glantaf out-stayed Radyr Comprehensive, in what turned out to be an incredibly physical encounter at Radyr.

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