England v Wales: The Preview

So, the big one is looming.  Wales travel to Twickenham on Sunday knowing that a loss to the old enemy will put their hopes of a third consecutive Six Nations Championship to bed with a bang.

Conversely, a win for Wales will put them within touching distance of making history, and with so much at stake, I don’t think there’s any doubt that we’re going to see a real firecracker of a fixture on Sunday. Continue reading

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Wales v France – the team selection

The team that will face France on Friday night has been announced.  As always, we take a look at the boys that will do battle at the Millennium Stadium and ask the question: has Gatland picked the right boys to beat Les Bleus? Continue reading

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Thoughts on Ireland and how we move forward from here…

Our embarrassing loss to Ireland has been coming for quite a while, and it’s time that Gatland wakes up and smells the coffee. Continue reading

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Ireland v Wales – where the game will be won and lost

The second round of the Six Nations is almost upon us, and it would be a massive understatement to say that Wales’ trip to Dublin could be one of the  defining moments of this year’s campaign.  Let’s take a look at where the game will be won and lost: Continue reading

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Ireland vs Wales – the team

After a pretty mediocre home display against the Italians, our attention now turns to what is likely to be one of our toughest matches in this year’s tournament – away to Ireland. Continue reading

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Wales v Italy: the team

The moment we’ve all been waiting for is drawing near.  Wales begin the defence of their Six Nations crown on Saturday; and following the squad announcement this morning, we now know the 23 men who will do battle with the Italians at the Millennium Stadium. Continue reading

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Wales Six Nations Squad 2014

Amidst the turmoil currently surrounding Welsh rugby, Warren Gatland has today named his squad for this year’s Six Nations.  As is customary at The Coal Face, no Gatland squad announcement is complete without a thorough dissection of it Continue reading

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What Wales must do to beat Australia at the ninth time of asking

Make no mistake; Saturday’s game is a very, very important for Wales.  Having proved that his side is more than capable of toppling each of the other Northern Hemisphere sides, Warren Gatland has so far not been able to take us on to the next stage – beating the Southern Hemisphere sides with any degree of regularity. Continue reading

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Wales vs Australia: who should play and can we win?

This is it.  The big one.  The game upon which the success of this autumn series depends – Wales versus Australia.  Our final game of 2013 is of course against none other than our current nemeses, the Wallabies, and it promises to be a humdinger of a fixture.  Continue reading

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Welcome back Ryan Jones – why it’s nice to have an old head in charge

I’m of the opinion that Friday’s match against Tonga isn’t going to tell us too much about the state of Welsh rugby.  Okay, so it might tell us how good some of these youngsters could be in the future, but apart from that, I’m basically seeing it as an exercise in which we try to prevent our players getting injured whilst still winning the game. Continue reading

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