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A Tier One & Two XV Consisting Of Just One Player From Each Nation

CARDIFF, WALES - NOVEMBER 05: Rhys Webb of Wales is tackled during the international match between Wales and Australia at the Principality Stadium on November 5, 2016 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

If a team were to be formed with only one player from each tier one or tier two country being allowed to represent it, who would make up the strongest team? I believe the following is the best way of utilising the players available from some of the world’s top rugby nations. _______ 1. Tendai Mtawarira (South Africa) The aptly nicknamed …

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Five Leading Candidates For The Lions Captaincy

WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND - JUNE 18: Aaron Smith of the All Blacks makes a break past Sam Warburton of Wales during the International Test match between the New Zealand All Blacks and Wales at Westpac Stadium on June 18, 2016 in Wellington, New Zealand. (Photo by Martin Hunter/Getty Images)

As the November internationals start, it seems that players are not only playing for their place on the Lions tour, but the leaders amongst the home nations set their sights on the captaincy. Here we take a look at five of the strongest contenders for this role. _______ Sam Warburton Last tour’s captain is the most likely candidate for the …

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Wales Make Six Changes For Argentina Match

Wales v Australia - International Match

Interim Wales Head Coach Rob Howley has made six changes to the team humbled by Australia last weekend, report Wales Online. Howley has wielded the axe for the clash with ‘Los Pumas’: with prop Samson Lee dropping to the bench and being replaced by the Exeter Chiefs’ Tomas Francis. While the ever-present Jamie Roberts is also dropped, with Scarlets centre …

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Alun Wyn Jones To Miss Wales’ Tie With Australia

CARDIFF, WALES - FEBRUARY 26: Alun Wyn Jones of Wales looks on during the RBS Six Nations match between Wales and France at the Principality Stadium on February 26, 2016 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Talismanic lock Alun Wyn Jones will miss Wales’ clash against Australia on Saturday following the death of his father Tim, according to Wales Online 102 cap Jones was the favourite to lead the side out in their Autumn series opener on Saturday, following the announcement yesterday that skipper Sam Warburton would miss the game with a neck injury. A former Wales …

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Exclusive: We Speak With Gareth Bale’s High School PE Teacher

CARDIFF, WALES - OCTOBER 09: Gareth Bale of Wales is tracked by Giorgi Navalovski (L), Jano Ananidze (2L) and Murtaz Daushvili (R) of Georgia during the FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier between Wales and Georgia at Cardiff City Stadium on October 9, 2016 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

At a time when Gareth Bale’s name is being splashed across headlines regarding his new contract negotiations with Real Madrid, we caught up with the Wales international’s former PE teacher, Gwyn Morris, who taught Bale at Whitchurch High School in Cardiff, from 2002-2005. In an exclusive interview with Pundit Arena, Morris discusses subjects such as Bale’s innate talent, unique personality and the other …

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Wales’ Likely Starting XV For Australia Match

WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND - JUNE 18: Wales sing the national anthem during the International Test match between the New Zealand and Wales at Westpac Stadium on June 18, 2016 in Wellington, New Zealand. (Photo by Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images)

With Wales set to kick-off their autumn campaign on Saturday against Australia, we look at Rob Howley’s likely starting XV for the clash.  _______ 15. Liam Williams (if fit) Wales’ best player during the summer series against New Zealand, the 25-year-old has continued his fine form into the new season. Left the field early with an ankle injury during the Scarlets’ …

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5 Lions Bolters Warren Gatland Should Consider

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)

The British and Irish Lions squad often includes a couple of ‘bolters’ – players who have had limited international exposure and make a late and surprising claim to join the touring party. So who are the candidates to be bolters in 2017? For the purist, Will Greenwood was the last true ‘bolter’ when he toured South Africa in 1997 having …

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Wales’ English-Based Stars Will Be Available For Australia Test

Wales LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 17: Rob Howley, Attack Coach of Wales looks on prior to kickoff during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Quarter Final match between South Africa and Wales at Twickenham Stadium on October 17, 2015 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Wales’ English-based stars will be able to play against Australia in their opening autumn test on November 5 after Premiership Rugby generously agreed to release all of them for the match, according to Wales Online. This means that the likes of George North (if he recovers from a  hand injury), Jamie Roberts, Luke Charteris, Ross Moriarty and Tomas Francis will be …

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Injuries Continue To Mount For Wales As Autumn Internationals Edge Nearer

Wales LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 17: Rob Howley, Attack Coach of Wales looks on prior to kickoff during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Quarter Final match between South Africa and Wales at Twickenham Stadium on October 17, 2015 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Wales have been hit by injuries to star players Liam Williams and George North before their Autumn international series which kicks off against Australia in two weeks, according to Wales Online. Williams, who has been in impressive form this season, limped off after only 15 minutes in the Scarlets’ 44-26 away defeat to reigning European Champions Saracens in their European …

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Three Of Rugby’s Other Major Off-Field Misdemeanours

READING, ENGLAND - JANUARY 14: Gavin Henson of Cardiff Blues looks on during the Heineken Cup match between London Irish and Cardiff Blues at the Madejski Stadium on January 14, 2012 in Reading, England. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

Following All Black scrum-half Aaron Smith’s misdemeanour in a Chistchurch airport toilet, we look at three other big off the field misdemeanours. _______ 1. Andy Powell And The Golf buggy Incident The powerful 23 times capped backrower has courted plenty of controversy during a playing career which has taken in nine clubs thus far. But the 35-year-old ex-Lion’s most controversial …

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