Pat Lam insists his Bristol Bears have plenty of good reasons to finally get stuck into the Scarlets this weekend – about 300,000 of them. The English club’s head coach reckons the cancellation of their home fixture against the Welsh region in December cost Bristol around £300,000. Lam acknowledges the 28-0 walkover victory in the Heineken Champions Cup occurred through no fault of the Scarlets – who were hit by Covid and isolation problems after their infamous trip to South Africa – but says their automatic four-tries-to-nil victory came at a cost.
Former Wales hooker Richard Hibbard has announced his retirement from rugby. Hibbard played 38 Wales internationals and three Tests for the Lions on the 2013 successful tour of Australia. The 38-year-old made his Wales debut against Argentina in 2006 and the last of his Tests came nine years later at home to Ireland. “I’m sad to say my body has finally said enough is enough,” said Hibbard. “What a ride it’s been. I’ve been lucky enough to do everything I’ve wanted, and more, in this great game.”
Two home wins from reaching the World Cup finals, seven games without a defeat, and 30,000-plus fervent fans ready to roar in Cardiff come March. These are unprecedented times for the Welsh men's national football side. A squad that boasts experience and yet youthful exuberance, that's laced with proven quality but also potential, that excites in attack and yet is resolute when needs must.
When he was Wales U20 coach, Jason Strange seemed to be a man in hot demand after leading his age-group team to a Grand Slam in 2020. He was also at Cardiff Blues, but lasted just one season under former coach John Mulvihill. Now, a Grand Final winner with St.... Read More
Cardiff Blues are set to dump Grand Slam-winning Wales U20 coach Jason Strange and are replacing him as backs coach with former Wales scrum-half Richie Rees. The move comes as part of an on-and-off-field revamp by the region who are also quitting their training base at the Vale of Glamorgan... Read More
Former Wales flanker Geraint Lewis will take charge of Wales at the U20s World Cup next month – but he will be assisted in the build-up by departing head coach Jason Strange. Lewis has been appointed as interim head coach after the decision of Strange to join the Cardiff Blues... Read More
Jason Strange has been confirmed as part of Cardiff Blues’ coaching set-up for next season. The current Wales U20 coach will move to the Arms Park to work as backs coach under new head coach John Mulvihill. Former Newport and Bristol fly-half Strange oversaw the U20 Grand Slam in 2016... Read More
Wales U20s coach Jason Strange branded his team “naïve” after they lost for the first time to Italy on Friday night. The Italians deservedly earned an 18-7 victory at Colwyn Bay to give them their first win over Wales in 20 attempts, as they mastered the heavy conditions with a... Read More
Wales U20s got off lightly in their 37-12 defeat to England U20s in Newcastle, according to home coach Steve Bates. Jason Strange’s youngsters were well beaten by five tries to two, but former Newcastle Falcons coach Bates insisted: “It was a pretty comprehensive win, but there is still more to... Read More