# Wales

Last month
March 2023
# Tension
Warren Gatland: Strike threat caused ‘quite a significant split’ in Wales squad
Head coach has made six changes to the starting line-up for Saturday’s Six Nations clash against Italy in Rome.
# Concern
Taulupe Faletau admits it is ‘hard to give your all’ amid Wales contract row
All four Welsh professional regions – Cardiff, Dragons, Ospreys and Scarlets – face major funding cuts, leading to vastly-reduced contract offers.
# preparation
Anthony Watson reveals he visualised his try against Wales
It was a sweet moment for the 29-year-old Leicester wing after a serious knee injury.
This year
# Battle
Ollie Lawrence scores crucial try as England claim welcome win in Wales
Anthony Watson and Kyle Sinckler also crossed for Steve Borthwick’s visitors.
# Green Light
Wales-England goes ahead after strike threat from Welsh players averted
Strike action had been threatened as a result of contract disputes with the Welsh Rugby Union.
# Return
Fit-again trio named in England squad
Tom Curry, George Ford and Courtney Lawes are all available to face Wales.
# no stress
Gatland 'confident' that Wales v England game will go ahead despite strike threat
The sides are due to meet in the Six Nations on Saturday.
# finntastic
Finn Russell shines as Scotland turn on the style to hammer Wales
Scotland scored 22 points without reply in the second half at Murrayfield.
# big calls
Wales drop Alun Wyn Jones, Justin Tipuric and Taulupe Faletau for Scotland clash
The trio boast 342 caps and 18 Lions Test appearances between them.
# Up and Running
Farrell gets the chaos he craves in Cardiff as Ireland pass first test of a huge year
The visitors played some superb rugby despite the absence of key players.
# Blow
Wales' Halfpenny to miss Ireland Six Nations opener
Liam Williams has been called into starting line-up in his place.
Wales rugby choirs banned from singing Tom Jones hit 'Delilah' over problematic lyrics
The song includes a reference to a woman being murdered by her jealous partner.
# Timing
Gatland frustrated that WRU blocked move to bring Rob Howley back into Welsh fold
‘You would like to think that if anyone was going to be forgiving it would be the Welsh forgiving their own.’
Last year
# speaking up
Bale says Wales can 'shed a light on the problems' in Qatar during World Cup
Bale has echoed the Football Association of Wales’ determination to speak out on human rights and LGBT issues surrounding the World Cup.
# Warm Ups
England to face Wales in double-header ahead of Rugby World Cup
Wales host Eddie Jones’ side on 5 August before a return match at Twickenham the following weekend.
# world rugby
'I feel like my world is falling apart' - Ex-Wales captain Ryan Jones diagnosed with dementia
Jones was part of the British and Irish Lions squad who toured New Zealand in 2005.
# Injury Report
Injured Wales winger Cuthbert ruled out of series decider against South Africa
Wayne Pivac will hope the bad news ends there as his players prepare for the Cape Town showdown.
# Take a Bow
Wales claim historic first victory over Springboks on South African soil
Josh Adams’ late try, converted by Gareth Anscombe, delivered a narrow win for the tourists.
# mixed feelings
Springboks defend 19 changes as Wales legend cries foul
Gareth Edwards called the decision ‘disrespectful’.
# Drama
Remarkable finish sees South Africa pip 13-man Wales
Damian Willemse kicked an added-time penalty goal.
# unfamiliar face
Wales name uncapped prop as Leon Brown’s replacement
Sam Wainwright has played just 18 first-team games for Saracens.
# health risk
Wales flanker James Davies retires due to concussion
The Scarlets back-row won 11 caps for his country and featured at the 2019 World Cup.
# Les Bleus
Dupont, Villière start for France, Navidi returns to Wales back row
France’s Grand Slam hopes are on the line in Cardiff on Friday night.
# Merde
Dupont injury scare for France ahead of Cardiff showdown with Wales
Star scrum-half left training on Tuesday with his left arm bandaged and an ice pack wrapped round it.
# unaffected
Wales' Liam Williams brushes off ‘internet trolls’
The star was targeted following news of his Scarlets exit.
# Respect
Marcus Smith recalls Dan Biggar’s Lions welcome ahead of Six Nations showdown
The England start will hope to line-up against the Wales captain on 26 February.
# Talking the Talk
Wales captain Biggar warns the pressure is on Scotland ahead of Six Nations clash
Scotland beat England last weekend but haven’t won in Cardiff for 20 years.
# Line-up
Wales make four changes after Ireland loss as Scotland's visit looms
The sides will square off in Cardiff on Saturday afternoon.
# boks office
World champions South Africa to host Wales in July
The teams met in Cardiff last November with the Springboks winning 23-18.
# Dream Debut
'Andy said, 'If you can't be yourself, there's no point putting on the jersey''
Mack Hansen reflected on a debut to remember after playing a starring role in Ireland’s win against Wales.
# William Hill
Hansen to make an impact on his debut: Talking points for Ireland's Six Nations opener
Andy Farrell’s men host Wales at the Aviva Stadium this afternoon.
# Ready for Battle
Caelan Doris 'in a way better place' after sitting out last year's Six Nations
The Leinster man missed the 2021 tournament due to concussion issues.
# Familiar Foes
'He performed above what we expected' - Wales boss Wayne Pivac on Tadhg Beirne's Scarlets stint
The Munster player was coached by Pivac during his time with the Welsh region.
# Moving On
Ulster and Wales hooker Roberts to join Dragons on long-term contract
The 26-year-old will be heading back to Wales this summer.
Former Wales and Lions hooker Richard Hibbard retires at 38
Hibbard featured in all three Tests during the British and Irish Lions series win in Australia in 2013.
# Sidelined
Wayne Pivac rules out Justin Tipuric featuring in Six Nations
George North, Taulupe Faletau and Dan Lydiate could be available for the tournament’s latter stages.
# Depleted
Injury-hit Wales to be captained by Dan Biggar at the Six Nations
Head coach Wayne Pivac has named three uncapped players.
# On the Move
Wales fullback Liam Williams to swap Scarlets for Cardiff
The 30-year-old has won 74 Wales caps and played in five Tests for the British and Irish Lions.
All time
Wales stage late fightback to deny 14-man Fiji in thrilling Cardiff contest
Hooker Ryan Elias touched down twice for the hosts.
# Bowing out
Wales international Hallam Amos to quit rugby at 27
The Cardiff player is leaving the game at the end of the season to focus on his medical career.