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WRU Chief Executive Steve Phillips on Friday night Six Nations, plans for Wales Women, the relationship with the regions and more in this week’s Welsh Rugby Union Podcast. We’ll also hear from Wales Women at the end of their Six Nations campaign, including second row Teleri Wyn Davies on the inspiration she got from her father – and she now hopes t…
 
As the Six Nations draws to a close, a special focus on the Women’s game in Wales this week on the Welsh Rugby Union podcast.It’s an anniversary this week of the sad accident that first paralysed Bryan ‘Yogi’ Davies in what was due to be his retirement game for Bala in 2007. Six years later it cost him his life, but he remains an inspiration at the…
 
Three Welshmen in the British and Irish Lions coaching team, we hear from all three and head coach Warren Gatland on his first selections. Defence coach Steve Tandy tells his story of going round the world from the Ospreys to the Lions, forwards coach Robin McBryde on how his time for Wales groomed him for this role and kicking coach Neil Jenkins e…
 
Wales coach Wayne Pivac and captain Alun Wyn Jones on their Six Nations success, Wales Women’s captain Siwan Lillicrap on their Six Nations campaign. And the chance to hear at length from two of the top men in charge of Welsh rugby, WRU chief executive Steve Phillips and chairman Rob Butcher.Door Welsh Rugby Union
 
Reflections on Paris from Alun Wyn Jones and Josh Navidi, as well as WRU chairman Rob Butcher and chief executive Steve Phillips. We also hear about the Wales Women’s Six Nations squad from coach Warren Abrahams and captain Siwan Lillicrap. Finally we look at the end of the Pro14 season.Door Welsh Rugby Union
 
Wales go for the Grand Slam in this week’s Welsh Rugby Union Podcast. We hear from coaches Wayne Pivac and Jonathan Humphries along with players Adam Beard, Wyn Jones and Callum Sheedy. So what has been behind the change in results for Wales from 2020 to 2021 – and how would Sheedy feel about a last minute kick to clinch a Grand Slam.…
 
Wales head to Italy as Triple Crown champions and looking to defend their 100 per cent record in the Six Nations so far. Coach Wayne Pivac explains his team selection, we hear from Jonathan Davies on the challenges at 12, Gareth Davies on returning to the starting line-up and Tomas Francis on the task of maintaining his perfect record against Italy…
 
Wales backs coach Stephen Jones on completing the Triple Crown against England, while prop Rhodri Jones reveals it’s his first ever victory against the men in White. And a trip down memory lane, but also a chance to find out what you could do with any rugby memorabilia, whether it’s in your attic or your clubhouse wall.…
 
Wales coach Wayne Pivac explains the selection to face England for the Triple Crown. George North becomes the youngest player to reach 100 international caps, so has he had a chance to reflect this week? Forwards coach Jonathan Humphries on improvements up front and flanker Justin Tipuric on who’s hardest to tackle.…
 
Wales attack coach Stephen Jones discusses the state of the squad as they prepare to face England for the Triple Crown. Also centre Owen Watkin reveals how the squad are keeping themselves entertained in lockdown, as well as talking about ‘that’ tackle. While Wales Women scrum half Jade Knight reveals the sacrifices she’s had to make in the last ye…
 
We hear at length from one of the up-and-coming Welsh coaches – and his international journey – on this week’s Welsh Rugby Union Podcast. Former Cardiff and Glamorgan Wanderers player Scott Sneddon is currently coaching in Hong Kong, but about to return to the UK and he has been part of the WRU’s coaching development pathway.…
 
Wales coach Wayne Pivac explains the thinking behind the Wales squad for the Six Nations. We also hear from returning back rower Dan Lydiate on why he thinks he’s in the best form of his life, Dai Young on his return to Cardiff Blues as interim director of rugby along with up-and-coming prop Corey Domachowski.…
 
We focus on Wales women, an international heading for the Ospreys next season and one of the rising stars in this week’s Welsh Rugby Union Podcast. We speak to Wales Women’s captain Siwan Lillicrap after their first get-together of the year, Ospreys coach Toby Booth on the 60-cap rule and Dragons centre Aneurin Owen.…
 
We hear from Wales internationals at all four regions before the final round of the festive derbies on this week’s Welsh Rugby Union Podcast. We speak to Jonathan Davies at the Scarlets, Aaron Wainwright at the Dragons, Sam Cross at the Ospreys and Lloyd Williams at the Blues.Door Welsh Rugby Union
 
We find some positives to review in 2020, it provided the chance to shine a light on various areas within the WRU which don’t normally get much attention. One of those is what an interesting, varied and busy bunch the Wales rugby women are, as well as a chance to go in depth on some of the work behind the scenes in the WRU this year.…
 
A special on the Welsh derbies in this week’s Welsh Rugby Union Podcast, looking ahead to this year’s games and back at some classics. We speak to Premier Sport pundits Tom Shanklin and Shane Willliams – who are the players to look out for, what are their most memorable derby games and much more, from style of play to style of haircuts.…
 
A special this week, hearing at length from record-breaking referee Nigel Owens on the Welsh Rugby Union Podcast - 100 international caps as a referee, then retiring from the highest level. So how did he get into refereeing, what are the highlights of his long career – and what next?Door Welsh Rugby Union
 
We talk about Covid bubbles, racism, Autumn Nations Cup reaction and a new coaching appointment on this week’s Welsh Rugby Union Podcast. We hear from Wales coach Wayne Pivac and players Tomas Francis and Gareth Davies, Dragons wing Ashton Hewitt on his anti-racism campaigning and new Wales Women’s coach intern Sophie Spence.…
 
A chance to meet the new Wales Women coaching team in this week’s Welsh Rugby Union Podcast. Former USA Women’s Sevens assistant coach Warren Abrahams is the full-time Wales Women head coach, and 67-times capped former Wales captain and North Wales academy coach Rachel Taylor has been appointed as full-time Wales Women National Skills Coach. We als…
 
A chance to hear at length from new interim Group Chief Executive of the Welsh Rugby Union Steve Phillips. What are the chances of crowds being allowed into the Six Nations, how will Welsh rugby cope in the current situation – and what was it like playing with a young Shane Williams. We also hear from Wales coach Wayne Pivac, while flanker Shane Le…
 
The best build up to the visit of Scotland in the Six Nations this weekend, on the Welsh Rugby Union Podcast. We hear at length from Wales coach Wayne Pivac on his thinking, as well as paying tribute to 70s Wales rugby legend JJ Williams. We also hear from Gareth Davies, Owen Watkin and Sam Parry.Door Welsh Rugby Union
 
International rugby is back – we hear from the Wales men’s and women’s camps on this week’s Welsh Rugby Union podcast. Wales coach Wayne Pivac, forwards Cory Hill and Justin Tipuric discuss the match and the different preparation. We also get the chance to hear at length from the new man in charge of Wales Women, Darren Edwards.…
 
We hear from both Wales Men and Women as they launch the new Macron team kit, in this week’s Welsh Rugby Union Podcast. Jonathan Davies describes his return from a potentially career-threatening injury, while Ross Moriarty describes life inside the Wales team bio-bubble. Wales Women’s captain Siwan Lillicrap and second row Gwen Crabb also look ahea…
 
A special focus on the Wales squad for the Autumn internationals this week on the Welsh Rugby Union Podcast. We hear from coach Wayne Pivac in detail about his thinking, as well as one player included – Scarlets scrum half Kieran Hardy – and one player left out – Dragons outside half Sam Davies.Door Welsh Rugby Union
 
We hear from Wales internationals at all four regions, as the new Guinness Pro14 season kicks off this weekend We hear from Jake Ball at the Scarlets, Owen Watkin at the Ospreys, Josh Adams at the Blues and Rhodri Williams at the Dragons about their approaches to these games and potentially the Wales internationals following.…
 
We hear from Wales Women’s international Alecs Donovan on a range of subjects. She is preparing for the re-arranged Six Nations game against Scotland, while also helping out in a great new partnership between the WRU and School of Hard Knocks to help members of the rugby community back into work if they have lost their job because of the Coronaviru…
 
Two Welsh teams in quarter-final action in the European Challenge Cup. We find out how Wales players Gareth Davies of the Scarlets and Aaron Wainwright of the Dragons are feeling after their breaks and return to action. Dragons Director of Rugby Dean Ryan discusses the differences coaching in England and Wales, and Scarlets head coach Glenn Delaney…
 
The developing return to rugby in Wales and a Welsh coach with the New Zealand champions – in this week’s Welsh Rugby Union Podcast. We speak to WRU regional manager for the Dragons region Adrian Evans at training in Caerphilly, while also talking to former Wales wing Mark Jones – now working with New Zealand champions the Crusaders and provincial …
 
Getting more women into refereeing is certainly a priority for the WRU referee’s department, taking charge of men’s games is a big part of that development. This week we speak to WRU national performance referee manager Paul Adams, along with 74 times capped former Wales prop Jenny Davies, who turned to coaching after giving up playing but is now m…
 
How do you cope in lockdown as an elite athlete? We look at the regions returning to action and in particular the Scarlets, under new management, with Glenn Delaney taking over as head coach. Backs coach Dai Flanagan has also been working hard as part of the WRU’s coach development scheme, so has plenty to talk about. Also former Wales internationa…
 
As rugby training re-starts at clubs round Wales, one person who can talk about it on several levels is the WRU’s hub officer at Cardiff and Vale College Lauren Holloway. She’s also club coach co-ordinator and minis and juniors COVID lead at St Albans in Cardiff, as well as the club’s Under 13’s coach.…
 
John Manders is the new man on the WRU National Council, after being voted on by the member clubs in Wales. This is a chance to hear much more from the man himself, his background, what he hopes to achieve and the remarkable project which is transforming his beloved Old Illtydians Rugby Club.Door Welsh Rugby Union
 
Former Wales Under 20s captain Tommy Reffell was the Premiership Rugby Breakthrough Player last/this season, he’s also just committed his future to Leicester and Wales. This time last year he was playing for Wales in the World Rugby U20 Championship, part of the side which beat New Zealand. A chance to hear about returning from lockdown and his pla…
 
Elite players in Wales have been heading back into training this week, so it’s a chance to look forward as well as back in this week’s Welsh Rugby Union Podcast. There aren’t many Wales players who can describe what it’s like to beat New Zealand, but it’s just over a year since the Wales Under 20s did just that at the Junior World Championships. Th…
 
“I’m really proud of what I’ve been able to do for these patients over the last couple of months.” Angharad De Smet, Ospreys and Wales.“Donning PPE to go into ICU with definitely COVID positive patients on ventilators is quite an intense area of work and can be quite terrifying.” Abbie Fleming, Cardiff Blues and Wales.We speak to two NHS workers wh…
 
This week we speak to Phil Bennett on the Welsh Rugby Union Podcast, whose try against Scotland in 1977 has just been voted by Welsh Rugby fans as the best Wales try ever. Quite an accolade, and an opportunity to hear about that game, more 70s memories, who is the player who might have improved even that team, and comparisons with the modern era.…
 
A look at health and mental health through the coronavirus crisis – and the role rugby is still playing in helping, in this week’s Welsh Rugby Union Podcast. Dragons Gateway Community coach Gareth Sullivan explains his role. We’ll also hear from Wales international back Jonah Holmes on why he decided to move to the Dragons.…
 
A chance this week to hear at length about how the top Welsh coaches of the future are being developed. Wales once led the world in coaching development, now there is a concerted effort to get back to the top. We speak to the man running those efforts, WRU performance coach manager Dan Clements.Door Welsh Rugby Union
 
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