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Aggregate Final January Window Scoreline: Other Clubs 6, Swansea City 0

Swansea City failed to sign a single player in the January transfer window after the club’s plan to bring in West Bromwich Albion striker Karlan Grant on loan backfired. In the dying minutes of Tuesday night’s window, Swansea's attempt to secure a loan for the West Brom forward fell through. The deal was expected to see Grant join the Swans on loan for the remainder of the season – filling some of the gaps exposed by the six players who have left the club this month.

Warren Gatland Happy For Few People To Rate His Blend Of Old And New . . . Especially In Ireland

Warren Gatland believes Wales will relish being underdogs for Saturday’s Six Nations opener against Ireland. The Principality Stadium encounter kicks off Gatland’s second stint as Wales head coach, with his previous reign between 2008 and 2019 yielding four Six Nations titles, three Grand Slams and two World Cup semi-finals. Ireland will arrive in Cardiff as the world’s top-ranked team following a memorable year when they beat New Zealand twice, South Africa and Australia.

The Welsh Rugby Union Have Been Warned About The Future Of Welsh Rugby . . . After Several Former Employees Call Out The Organisation

Newport Announce The Loan Signing Of Charlie McNeil . . . While Cardiff City Try To Seal A Deal For Sory Kaba

Just Months After Contemplating His Future . . . David Pritchard Is Enjoying Life Back On The Saddle Following Welsh Grand National Win

Nathan Jones Believes Southampton Can Shock Newcastle . . . Despite The Magpies' Ominous form

Wrexham's Dreams May Have Been Dashed For Now . . . But The Reds Fight On

Nigel Walker Admits To Failings Within The Welsh Rugby Union . . . And Insists They Must Do Better

Welsh Rugby Is Now Fighting For Its Life, Claims Nigel Walker After Steve Phillips Quits

Wales' Old New Boy Rhys Webb Follows The Messi And Ronaldo Creed . . . If You're Good Enough, You're Young Enough

Rhys Webb has taken inspiration from football greats Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo after ending more than two years in the international rugby wilderness. Ospreys scrum-half Webb is on course to make his first Wales appearance since November 2020 in next Saturday’s Guinness Six Nations opener against Ireland. Webb, who toured New Zealand with the 2017 British and Irish Lions, featured on just five occasions during Wayne Pivac’s 34-Test reign as Wales head coach.

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Nigel Walker Admits To Failings Within The Welsh Rugby Union . . . And Insists They Must Do Better

By David Williams Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) acting CEO, Nigel Walker, has expressed regret over the handling of allegations of sexism and misogyny within the organisation. He took over as acting CEO after Steve Phillips resigned on Sunday. Two women had complained about a "toxic culture" within the WRU, leading to an investigation... Read More

WRU Accused Of Toxic Sexism After Claims It Says Were "Unsubstantiated"

Former employees of Welsh rugby’s governing body have accused the organisation of a “toxic culture” of sexism. Two women have said they considered suicide after suffering alleged sexism and bullying within the organisation. One woman claimed she went as far as to write a manual for her husband on what... Read More

Eddie Butler . . . The Poet Of Pontypool Who Lived Life Through A Dozen Different Voices

The 2023 Six Nations is still 20 weeks away, but we know already it will be very different this season. Eddie Butler won’t be there. That voice, so sturdy, comfortable and familiar, won’t be around to guide and reassure. That ability to add to and embellish the picture, without ever... Read More

"Slammed" . . . In Welsh Rugby, What Goes Up Must Lurch Down

The American novelist Barbara Kingsolver wrote: “Memory is a complicated thing - a relative to truth, but not its twin.” So, how do you remember recent years of Welsh rugby? Aside from the record books and statistics, what are your memories? And how do they stack up to the truth?... Read More

Gareth Bale Vows To Play On For Wales Until He Retires . . . And Seems To Sign Up For World Cup 2022

Gareth Bale has vowed to continue to play for Wales until he retires. The clarification – which came in a post-match interview after Wales’ exit from Euro 2020 following a 4-0 thrashing by Denmark – still leaves his immediate playing future open to question. But at least the Wales captain... Read More

JJ Williams . . . The Gun-Slinging Straight Shooter Who Never Just Followed The Herd

JJ Williams, who died last week at the age of 72, was one of the legendary names of the Wales team of the 1970s. But he was also renowned for a broadcasting style and status that was as unique as his Test try-scoring record for the Lions, as Graham Thomas... Read More
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