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Hefin Jones
Hefin is a sports anorak with a love for cricket, boxing and football but a particular penchant for rugby. English teacher, Journalism student and Scarlets fan. Attempt to tweet trilingually @hefrhys.

Saracens Leading The Race To Sign Welsh Fullback

A number of top Premiership clubs are after Wales and Scarlets full-back Liam Williams, and a big money offer could be made to him when his Scarlets contract expires, according to Wales Online. One of the best full-backs in Europe, the classy 25 year-old is on the Ospreys radar with recent reports stating that the Swansea-based region were planning to …

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Watch: Gatland Shares Coaching Philosophy In New Lions Build-Up Video

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 07: Warren Gatland is announced as the Head Coach of the British & Irish Lions for the 2017 Tour to New Zealand during the British and Irish Lions Press Conference at Standard Life House on September 7, 2016 in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

In a new series of short videos in anticipation of the British and Irish Lions tour to New Zealand, Lions coach Warren Gatland talks about his coaching philosophy in ‘Lions Watch’.  In the three-minute video, the recently-appointed Lions boss talks about the ‘massive honour’ of being chosen as head coach and the key qualities he looks for when selecting players. He …

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Which Team Will Finally Bring The All Blacks’ Incredible Winning Run To An End?

CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 17: Kieran Read and Israel Dagg of New Zealand perform the haka with the team prior to the Rugby Championship match between the New Zealand All Blacks and the South Africa Springboks at AMI Stadium on September 17, 2016 in Christchurch, New Zealand. (Photo by Anthony Au-Yeung/Getty Images)

New Zealand’s 41-13 thrashing of South Africa effectively handed them their fourth Rugby Championship in five years and extended their superb unbeaten record to an incredible fourteen games. The win in Christchurch means Steve Hansen’s men are only two games away from equalling South Africa’s 17-match unbeaten streak, the world record for the most unbeaten games in a row by …

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WRU Chief Martyn Phillips Hints At Relaxation Of ‘Gatland’s Law’ In The Future

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 12: Warren Gatland of Wales looks on before the RBS 6 Nations match between England and Wales at Twickenham Stadium on March 12, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Welsh Rugby Union chief executive Martyn Phillips has hinted at a relaxation of ‘Gatland’s Law’ in the future. The law seeks to bring back and keep Wales’ top players at home and allows for only three players plying their trade outside Wales to be picked as ‘wildcards’ during each international campaign. But Phillips in interview with The Sunday Times has indicated …

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Mike Ford Set To Be Named Head Coach Of French Giants Next Week

BATH, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 21: Mike Ford, the Bath director of rugby, looks on during the European Rugby Champions Cup match between Bath and Leinster at the Recreation Ground on November 21, 2015 in Bath, England. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Ex-Bath director of rugby Mike Ford is about to be named as first team coach of French giants Toulon, according to the BBC. Ford, who spent three years at the Rec before being fired at the end of last season following Bath’s poor ninth place finish, is set to begin working with the Top 14 side on Monday. The ex-rugby league star …

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What is South Africa’s strongest XV without the quota system?

New Zealand v South Africa

The South African government’s ‘Strategic Transformation policy’, which has as its objective to see 50% of Springbok’s squad made up of non-white players by 2019, has caused plenty of controversy. But what would South Africa’s national team look like without quotas? We take a look at South Africa’s strongest XV without the quota system: 15. Cheslin Kolbe: One of South Africa’s …

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Saracens Winger Ashton Could Be Out For Months After Being Cited

BARNET, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 17: Chris Ashton of Saracens runs with the ball during the Aviva Premiership match between Saracens and Northampton Saints at Allianz Park on September 17, 2016 in Barnet, England. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Saracens and England winger Chris Ashton will appear before an RFU disciplinary panel on Tuesday in London having been charged with acts contrary to good sportsmanship (law 10.4 (m)), according to Premiership Rugby’s official website.  Ashton, who has scored 19 tries in 39 appearances for his country, has been cited for allegedly biting Northampton prop Alex Waller twice during his team’s …

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Shane Williams Backs Unlikely Candidate For Lions Captaincy

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 17: Shane Williams, who has been selected to play for the Lions against the Brumbies looks on during the British and Irish Lions training session at the North Sydney Oval on June 17, 2013 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Welsh legend Shane Williams believes Alun Wyn Jones would be a brilliant choice as Lions skipper for their daunting tour to New Zealand next summer. Abrasive English skipper Dylan Hartley is the clear favourite, having led England to a first Grand Slam in 13 years and a first ever series win in Australia. While Sam Warburton, the winning captain down …

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