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Our Rugby World Cup favourite XV’s – Wales.

The Rugby World Cup 2019 is a mere 3 days away!

As we are so excited we have been picking our “favourite fifteens” of players past and present for a different country going to Japan.

So far, we have covered current World Champions New Zealand and double World Cup winners South Africa.

This time we bring you Wales! A mixture of past and present greats have made our favourite fifteen this month, remember its only our opinion but please let us know who you would pick?

1. Gethin Jenkins.

129 caps for Wales and 5 Lions caps, 3 Grand Slams, former most capped Welsh player ever and current most capped prop forward. This was an easy choice for us. Jenkins epitomised the modern-day prop by being a strong scrummager and quick around the pitch with good hands.

2. Ken Owens.

 We have gone for modern over historical for the hooker berth. Owens is rock solid for Wales at number 2 and has won Grand Slams and been on Lions tours. Wales are looking for a successful World Cup in Japan and Owens will be crucial for them.

3. Graham Price.

Price was part of a Welsh front row in the 1970’s who were feared across the world. He also holds the record of 12 Lions tests for a prop, we doubt this amazing stat will ever be beaten! A tough, hard front row who will hold up the scrum forever.

4. Alun Wyn Jones.

The current Wales captain and modern-day legend. Jones would probably walk into most people’s “World fifteen”. 9 Lions caps, 125 Wales caps and counting, three Grand Slams and he has been captain for the majority of these. A born leader and an immense lock, we can’t wait to see him at the World Cup.

5. Bob Norster

Hard to pick who would join Wyn Jones in the second row. We went for Norster as he was an athletic player who was known for his outstanding lineout skill, a perfect match. With this second row the team are guaranteed to win all the ball at this set piece.

6. Martin Williams

Williams was a mercurial openside flanker who managed an incredible 100 caps for Wales. We have moved him to 6 as we had to have Warburton in at 7 and we figured that Williams would be just as good at blindside. He was great at everything. Also went on 3 Lions tours!

7. Sam Warburton

His career was cut short due to injury but is still considered one of the best number 7’s ever to have played for Wales. Warburton made “the Jackal” his own and this probably contributed to his injuries. A true leader with skill, strength and a ton of rugby knowledge. We had to push Martin Williams to 6 because of him!

8. Taulupe Faletau.

A number 8 with it all. Faletau is a hard, strong ball carrier who also possesses amazing passing and offloading skills, he walks into most back rows in the world. He has struggled with injury this season but will hopefully be back to his best soon. His cousins Billy and Mako Vunipola aren’t bad either!

9. Gareth Edwards.

Sir Gareth Edwards we should say. Often referred to as one of the greatest players ever he is also credited with scoring one of the greatest try’s ever, simply called “that try”. He played 53 times for Wales scoring 88 points. He also pulled the Lions jersey on an amazing 10 times!

10. Steven Jones.

A tough choice at 10 but we went for Jones over the kicking skills or Neil Jenkins and the silky skill of Barry John. Over 104 tests for Wales and two Lions tours, Jones was sometimes written off by pundits for supposedly more skilled players. His record speaks for itself though and he is without doubt a worthy fly half in our team.

Sam Warburton speaks to the team before the game

Sam Warburton speaks to the Lions team before the game 13/6/2017. Credit ©INPHO/Dan Sheridan

11.  Shane Williams.

Wale’s top try scorer has to be in the team. Williams scored a huge 58 try’s in his 87 games for Wales. An electric winger he could also play at scrum half and started his career there. He was once told he was too small to play rugby, but rightly ignored this and finished as a Welsh legend!

12. Jamie Roberts.

At 1.93 metres and 110 kg Roberts is a huge centre who runs straight hard lines and ties up defenders. His direct style of rugby has earned him 94 Welsh caps and a place on 2 Lions tours. A qualified doctor he has brains and brawn.

13. Scott Gibbs.

Gibbs makes our team due to his involvement in numerous great Welsh rugby moments. One of the toughest centres to play for Wales, his big tackles and unstoppable runs were a thing of legend. His tough rugby style earned him the nickname “car crash”. Also played league for St Helens.

14. George North.

Despite there being many classy Welsh wingers to choose from we went with North. Already a star it feels like he has been around forever. Still only 27 he has already notched up 180 points in 83 tests and been on two Lions tours. Watch out for him at RWC 2019!

15. JPR Williams

Another Welsh great from the golden era of the 1970’s JPR was distinctive with his big sideburns and rolled down socks. Also a Lions legend having won a impressive 8 caps. He retired from international rugby after 55 caps but carried on playing rugby into his fifties! He even switched to playing flanker in his last few years of rugby.

Finishers: Jonathan Davies, Ryan Jones, Barry John, Bobby Windsor.

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Alex Lozowski on preseason

We were lucky enough to grab five minutes with Saracens star, Alex Lozowski, and talk preseason. 

How has Pre-season been going?

It’s been hard. We’ve only been back training a couple of days but a few of us have been away on holiday and enjoying our five weeks off on the beach and now we are back. Its good to see your friends and catch up but the hard work starts and the first couple of days have been really hard.

So, run us through a few things you have done in pre-season?

Started off with some weights and stuff and I have been in the gym building some mobility and stretching, those kinds of things. Getting back into a bit of rugby, some games and chucking a ball around. A lot of running as well which is necessary even though it’s hard, it’s been a good start and hopefully we can make improvements and get fitter and stronger as the weeks go by.

Has much changed for this preseason due to the World Cup and the later start to the season?

Yeah, I think so. Subtle changes to what we do, our strength and conditioning team are experienced and have done these World Cup years before. I think there will be some slight changes like a bit of time off in the middle to catch up, so we don’t burn out by the time the season starts.

On the back of an awesome season last season, have you been able to enjoy that or is it a case of put it to the back of your mind and let’s start again?

I think all the sitting back and enjoying it has been done in the five weeks you get off. I guess that’s the time to celebrate and appreciate what we have achieved in the last season. We come back in now and have not mentioned once what happened last season. It’s all about getting better again this season, we can’t afford to look back on last year it’s all about looking forward.

Sarries are renowned for being like a family so how are the new guys settling in?

I’ve met the new guys this week, there’s a few new Academy guys getting used to things. Saracens don’t lose or bring in too many new people each year, so I guess it’s nice for the new lads to be able to get to know people quite well. I was made to feel really welcome when I first joined so I will try to do the same for them.

Do you have any games this season that you personally are looking forward to?

Yeah, I think the Saracens v Harlequins game at the new Tottenham Stadium will be great. We have had a bit of rivalry against Quins recently so that will be one to look forward to.

Any rugby advice for our readers?

Of course. Make sure you enjoy your rugby and don’t put yourself under too much pressure. Play other sports when you are young and when you get older you can decide to focus on a sport such as rugby.

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Our Rugby World Cup Favourite XV’s – South Africa.

The Rugby World Cup 2019 will soon be with us! Only a couple of weeks and from now to then we are going to pick our “favourite fifteens” of players past and present for a different country going to Japan.

Last month we did current World Champions New Zealand. This month we are going to look at double World Cup Winners South Africa. They took the Trophy in 1995 at home and in 2007 in France.

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Our Rugby World Cup Favourite XV’s – New Zealand.

The Rugby World Cup 2019 will soon be with us!

So we have decided to put together a series of “favourite fifteens” of players past and present for a different country going to Japan.

These are purely opinion and we hope they will strike up a bit of a debate. There is nothing better in the lead up to a RWC than discussing past greats, so here is our NZ favourite fifteen, we look forward to hearing if you agree or not? NB – We will still be correct

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The Premiership fixtures are out!

The Premiership Fixtures are out!

As always there are some cracking opening games. We have to wait a little longer for the league to start this season. But as it’s due to the Rugby World Cup we will let them off!

Rugby can confirm that the new Gallagher Premiership Rugby season will kick off on Friday 18 October at Ashton Gate with Bristol Bears taking on Bath Rugby, live on BT Sport.

The West Country derby is part of a compelling first round of Gallagher Premiership Rugby on the same weekend as the Rugby World Cup quarter-finals in Japan.

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Wales RWC 2019 kit launch!

The new Wales kit, from Under Armour, to be worn by both the senior men’s and women’s international sides until the end of 2020, has been revealed by the Welsh Rugby Union (WRU).
Rugby World Cup (RWC) jerseys, featuring the tournament logo, are available to pre-order now from store.wru.co.uk in both authentic and replica versions and ‘home’ (traditional red) and ‘alternate’ (forest green) colours.

Supporters will be able access pre-orders and see jerseys in shops from 20th July and will also be able to buy the traditional jersey branded with shirt sponsor Isuzu, worn at all matches outside of RWC, from this time, alongside a full range of related technical training clothing and leisurewear.

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England RWC 2019 Kit launch!

Rugby specialist and kit provider Canterbury has today revealed the limited edition 2019 Rugby World Cup kit, which the England Rugby team will wear in Japan this autumn.

The kit was unveiled at a special event for fans and grassroots players at The Canterbury Clubhouse, a pop-up store on Baker Street, which will remain open across the weekend to allow fans to be one of the first to get their hands on the jersey.

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