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The countdown begins

The Wales Six Nations squad met up at their training HQ in the Vale today. The only weakness in Warren Gatland’s selection looks to be at scrum half. The extent of Dwayne Peel’s injury is uncertain: according to the Wales camp, the British Lion is unfit and therefore not up for consideration. According to Peel’s club, he will be fit in time for the Six Nations opener against England at Twickenham.

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Either way, surely it’s a gamble worth taking? If Wales lose this crucial first match, they might as well not bother with the rest of the tournament. A good start against England is vital and that surely means Peel must be considered.

Leicester demand inquestwang

In a not entirely unprecedented SHOCK move, the Leicester Cheaters have SLAMMED Heineken Cup organisers’ decision not to BOOT the Ospreys out of the competition for fielding 16 players for several inconsequential seconds of their CRUNCH decider at the Library on Saturday.

Taking out an onion, Tiggers “coach” Richard COCKerill ROARED, “This glasshouse has got too many windows. I demand the right to smash some with these stones what I found, just now, on the floor. The Tiggerz have a proud tradition of cheating, and we will step up to the plate whenever a hand in the scrum or a cheeky one on the deck is required.”

Andy Howell is on tranquillisers.

Bill McLaren

The whole rugby world has been saddened today with the news of the death of legendary rugby commentator Bill McLaren. For decades he was the voice of rugby, the coiner of so many memorable phrases. He brought our sport to life and helped to etch many great memories on rugby fans’ brains.

Our favourite at Gwlad has to be his commentary on Scott Gibbs’s historic try against England at Wembley in April 1999.

“He’s like the leader in a buffalo stampede that man Scott Gibbs.”

Thanks for all the memories Bill. Hwyl fawr.

Develop Rugby

Develop rugby is a new coaching resource website. The site will contain information for coaches through the format of flash animations and movies. The site will cover information on the following, Handling, Contact, Defence, Kicking and Attack. The site will be updated weekly with up to date information and new ideas that a Coach can take to his / her club. All information is available to download on PDF format. The site is presently live for a brief preview but will be fully launched on March the 1st.

The site has been developed by Iestyn Williams who is currently a Level 3 Coach and also works as a Coach Educator. Iestyn has also been involved with Premiership rugby having played for Cardiff, Ebbw Vale and The Stingrays (Australia).

Develop Rugby also offer a Kicking School service within the South Wales area of Wales. More information about this can be seen on the website (the link is on the right-hand side).