Tag: Welsh Sport

Warren Gatland: Wales’ greatest coach, a ‘scientist, crooner and rugby god’ – BBC Sport

Blink and you might miss it. Shows of emotion from Warren Gatland are a rarity.

His public persona mirrors the style of rugby which has made him one of the world’s most respected coaches: pragmatic, methodical, occasionally blunt.

But at the end of some matches, you might see Gatland on the pitch with his arms outstretched, searching for someone in the crowd.

He is looking for his wife, Trudi, and his children, Gabby and Bryn.

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“He does this thing out on the field when he can see us out in the crowd, he puts his arms out and it means ‘big much’ which means as much as you can love anyone,” Trudi says.

“He does have that persona and part of his job is to take it very seriously.

“But he’s quite a different character actually. He’s got a great sense of humour and he likes to have a laugh, especially with the children.

“He’s a bit quirky, he loves to sing. He doesn’t sing very well but he loves to sing. His go-to song, if he’s made to sing on the team bus or whatever, is ‘Durham Town’ by Roger Whittaker. But he won’t do karaoke!”

Trudi, Gabby and Bryn can expect a particularly big air hug in Tokyo on Friday when Wales face New Zealand in the World Cup bronze medal match.

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Image caption Wales coach Warren Gatland and New Zealand coach Steve Hansen will both end their tenures after Friday’s third place play-off
This will be Gatland’s final match in charge of Wales, bringing to a close the most successful coaching tenure in the country’s history, his 12 years yielding four Six Nations titles – including three Grand Slams – and a first stint as the world’s number one-ranked side.

Gatland has also led Wales to two World Cup semi-finals, though how dearly he wishes his last game could have been a final against England – even if Friday’s encounter pits him against his native New Zealand and gives him the opportunity to sign off with a first Welsh win over the All Blacks for 66 years.

With the pain of a 19-16 semi-final loss to South Africa still raw, Gatland is bound to be contending with a heady cocktail of emotions this week.

Beyond the steely veneer, even he will feel moved.

“The emotions will be there for his last game,” Trudi says.

“When you see him in the stands and the camera’s on him and he’s very much the same whether they’ve scored points or had a yellow card, it’s all going on inside. We usually have a joke with him about how he’s smiling on the inside.

“He’s really good at knowing when you can be emotional and when you need to be tough on people, rile them up or trust they know how to do the job.

“He’s usually pretty even – the players talk about the confidence he gives them – but there is a bit of emotion there.”

— Read more on www.bbc.co.uk/sport/amp/rugby-union/50245173

https://welshsportsnewsblog.wordpress.com/2019/11/01/warren-gatland-wales-greatest-coach-a-scientist-crooner-and-rugby-god-bbc-sport/

Alun Wyn Jones speaks about his Wales future as the era that defined him comes to an end – Wales Online

Alun Wyn Jones speaks about his Wales future as the era that defined him comes to an end – Wales Online
— Read on www.google.co.uk/amp/s/www.walesonline.co.uk/sport/rugby/rugby-news/the-show-must-go-on-17180347.amp

https://welshsportsnewsblog.wordpress.com/2019/11/01/alun-wyn-jones-speaks-about-his-wales-future-as-the-era-that-defined-him-comes-to-an-end-wales-online/

positive rugby star Thomas’ UK magazine cover hailed for tackling stigma

positive rugby star Thomas’ UK magazine cover hailed for tackling stigma

positive rugby star Thomas’ UK magazine cover hailed for tackling stigma
— Read on nationalpost.com/pmn/entertainment-pmn/positive-rugby-star-thomas-uk-magazine-cover-hailed-for-tackling-stigma

https://welshsportsnewsblog.wordpress.com/2019/10/31/positive-rugby-star-thomas-uk-magazine-cover-hailed-for-tackling-stigma/

Welsh Sports News – Injury-hit squad for Warren gatland’s final game as Wales head coach

Injury-hit squad for Warren gatland’s final game as Wales head coach

https://welshsportsnewsblog.wordpress.com/2019/10/30/injury-hit-squad-for-warren-gatlands-final-game-as-wales-head-coach/
— Read on welshsportsnewsblog.wordpress.com/2019/10/30/injury-hit-squad-for-warren-gatlands-final-game-as-wales-head-coach/

https://welshbizuk.wordpress.com/2019/10/30/injury-hit-squad-for-warren-gatlands-final-game-as-wales-head-coach/

Injury-hit squad for Warren gatland’s final game as Wales head coach

Injury-hit squad for Warren gatland’s final game as Wales head coach

Injury-hit squad for Warren gatland’s final game as Wales head coach
— Read on cardiffbluesblog.com/2019/10/30/injury-hit-squad-for-warren-gatlands-final-game-as-wales-head-coach/

https://welshsportsnewsblog.wordpress.com/2019/10/30/injury-hit-squad-for-warren-gatlands-final-game-as-wales-head-coach/

Ryan Giggs urges Man Utd to make SIX new transfers to find creative player and ‘see a real difference’

Ryan Giggs urges Man Utd to make SIX new transfers to find creative player and ‘see a real difference’

https://www.thesun.ie/sport/football/4714766/ryan-giggs-urges-man-utd-to-make-six-new-transfers-to-find-creative-player-and-see-a-real-difference/
— Read on www.thesun.ie/sport/football/4714766/ryan-giggs-urges-man-utd-to-make-six-new-transfers-to-find-creative-player-and-see-a-real-difference/

https://welshsportsnewsblog.wordpress.com/2019/10/29/ryan-giggs-urges-man-utd-to-make-six-new-transfers-to-find-creative-player-and-see-a-real-difference/

Welsh Sports News – Wales to turn ‘disappointment into fire’ as Gatland signs off against All Blacks

Wales to turn ‘disappointment into fire’ as Gatland signs off against All Blacks

https://welshsportsnewsblog.wordpress.com/2019/10/29/wales-to-turn-disappointment-into-fire-as-gatland-signs-off-against-all-blacks/
— Read on welshsportsnewsblog.wordpress.com/2019/10/29/wales-to-turn-disappointment-into-fire-as-gatland-signs-off-against-all-blacks/

https://welshbizuk.wordpress.com/2019/10/29/wales-to-turn-disappointment-into-fire-as-gatland-signs-off-against-all-blacks/

Wales to turn ‘disappointment into fire’ as Gatland signs off against All Blacks

Wales to turn ‘disappointment into fire’ as Gatland signs off against All Blacks

https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2019/oct/29/wales-gatland-new-zealand-all-blacks-rugby-world-cup-bronze-playoff
— Read on www.theguardian.com/sport/2019/oct/29/wales-gatland-new-zealand-all-blacks-rugby-world-cup-bronze-playoff

https://welshsportsnewsblog.wordpress.com/2019/10/29/wales-to-turn-disappointment-into-fire-as-gatland-signs-off-against-all-blacks/

Hate to be proved right – Why do some scrum half’s consistently give the ball away to the opposition???

Hate to be proved right about this, but in my opinion kicking the ball away too often, I believe was Wales’ downfall in the Rugby World Cup!

You spend ages perfecting a line out and a scrum in order to win the ball and play some rugby and then simply kick it back to the opposition, What’s the point! I understand kicking in defence and for Territory, but just giving the ball away in the middle of the park seems completely pointless to me. Especially when you have fantastic World Class backs like Hadleigh Park, Jonathon Davies, George North and Josh Adams who are hardly getting their hands on the ball.

I feel that this loss was a result of poor tactics and a poor performance rather than being beaten by a better side, which is hurting for all of Wales’ and most be even more so for the players who had there best chance of a final place or even better!

We would have been beaten by more had it not been for South Africa kicking the ball straight back to us (even when there wasn’t much time on the clock), the donuts!

Two poor teams, kicking the ball away and if they persist with the same tactic against England, they will get stuffed (and deservedly so)!

See earlier article for more on way I think this tactic needs to be ended.

Why do some scrum half’s consistently give the ball away to the opposition???

https://welshsportsnewsblog.wordpress.com/2019/09/30/why-do-some-scrum-halfs-consistently-give-the-ball-away-to-the-opposition/
— Read on welshsportsnewsblog.wordpress.com/2019/09/30/why-do-some-scrum-halfs-consistently-give-the-ball-away-to-the-opposition/

https://welshsportsnewsblog.wordpress.com/2019/10/28/hate-to-be-proved-right-why-do-some-scrum-halfs-consistently-give-the-ball-away-to-the-opposition/

Ulster 23-14 Cardiff Blues

Ulster 23-14 Cardiff Blues

Ulster 23-14 Cardiff Blues
— Read on cardiffbluesblog.com/2019/10/27/ulster-23-14-cardiff-blues/

https://welshsportsnewsblog.wordpress.com/2019/10/28/ulster-23-14-cardiff-blues/

RWC SF 2: RSA vs. WAL

RWC SF 2: RSA vs. WAL

RWC SF 2: RSA vs. WAL


— Read on thereveree.com/2019/10/27/rwc-sf-2-rsa-vs-wal/

https://welshsportsnewsblog.wordpress.com/2019/10/27/rwc-sf-2-rsa-vs-wal/

Heartbreak for Wales as World Cup dream ends

Heartbreak for Wales as World Cup dream ends

Heartbreak for Wales as World Cup dream ends


— Read on nation.cymru/news/heartbreak-for-wales-as-world-cup-dream-ends/

https://welshsportsnewsblog.wordpress.com/2019/10/27/heartbreak-for-wales-as-world-cup-dream-ends/

What is Warren Gatland’s next job and why is he leaving Wales after Rugby World Cup?

What is Warren Gatland’s next job and why is he leaving Wales after Rugby World Cup?

https://www.thesun.co.uk/sport/10221382/warren-gatland-next-job-wales-rugby-world-cup-replacement/
— Read on www.thesun.co.uk/sport/10221382/warren-gatland-next-job-wales-rugby-world-cup-replacement/

https://welshsportsnewsblog.wordpress.com/2019/10/27/what-is-warren-gatlands-next-job-and-why-is-he-leaving-wales-after-rugby-world-cup/

Wales vs South Africa FREE: Live stream, TV channel, kick-off time and team news for Rugby World Cup semi-final

Wales vs South Africa FREE: Live stream, TV channel, kick-off time and team news for Rugby World Cup semi-final

https://www.thesun.co.uk/sport/rugbyunion/10214044/wales-vs-south-africa-free-live-stream-tv-channel-kick-off-time-team-news-rugby-world-cup-semi-final/
— Read on www.thesun.co.uk/sport/rugbyunion/10214044/wales-vs-south-africa-free-live-stream-tv-channel-kick-off-time-team-news-rugby-world-cup-semi-final/

https://welshsportsnewsblog.wordpress.com/2019/10/25/wales-vs-south-africa-free-live-stream-tv-channel-kick-off-time-and-team-news-for-rugby-world-cup-semi-final/

Wales vs South Africa: Caps, scrum weight, tries and history – Welsh edge scrum but firing Springboks are a try machine

Wales vs South Africa: Caps, scrum weight, tries and history – Welsh edge scrum but firing Springboks are a try machine

https://www.thescottishsun.co.uk/sport/rugby-union/4879323/wales-vs-south-africa-caps-scrum-weight-tries-and-history-welsh-edge-scrum-but-firing-springboks-are-a-try-machine/
— Read on www.thescottishsun.co.uk/sport/rugby-union/4879323/wales-vs-south-africa-caps-scrum-weight-tries-and-history-welsh-edge-scrum-but-firing-springboks-are-a-try-machine/

https://welshsportsnewsblog.wordpress.com/2019/10/25/wales-vs-south-africa-caps-scrum-weight-tries-and-history-welsh-edge-scrum-but-firing-springboks-are-a-try-machine/

Ex-Celtic ace Craig Bellamy says sorry in wake of Cardiff bullying probe findings

Ex-Celtic ace Craig Bellamy says sorry in wake of Cardiff bullying probe findings

https://www.thescottishsun.co.uk/sport/football/4879293/celtic-craig-bellamy-cardiff-bullying-investigation/
— Read on www.thescottishsun.co.uk/sport/football/4879293/celtic-craig-bellamy-cardiff-bullying-investigation/

https://welshsportsnewsblog.wordpress.com/2019/10/25/ex-celtic-ace-craig-bellamy-says-sorry-in-wake-of-cardiff-bullying-probe-findings/

2019 Rugby World Cup Semifinal: Wales vs South Africa

2019 Rugby World Cup Semifinal: Wales vs South Africa

2019 Rugby World Cup Semifinal: Wales vs South Africa


— Read on djcoilrugby.com/2019/10/25/2019-rugby-world-cup-semifinal-wales-vs-south-africa/

https://welshsportsnewsblog.wordpress.com/2019/10/25/2019-rugby-world-cup-semifinal-wales-vs-south-africa/

Seven changes for Cardiff RFC’s trip North

Seven changes for Cardiff RFC’s trip North

Seven changes for Cardiff RFC’s trip North
— Read on cardiffbluesblog.com/2019/10/24/seven-changes-for-cardiff-rfcs-trip-north/

https://welshsportsnewsblog.wordpress.com/2019/10/24/seven-changes-for-cardiff-rfcs-trip-north/

England star Jonny Bairstow reacts after his Hundred team sign Ashes rivals Steve Smith and Mitchell Starc

England star Jonny Bairstow reacts after his Hundred team sign Ashes rivals Steve Smith and Mitchell Starc

England star Jonny Bairstow reacts after his Hundred team sign Ashes rivals Steve Smith and Mitchell Starc


— Read on metro.co.uk/2019/10/21/england-star-jonny-bairstow-reacts-hundred-team-sign-ashes-rivals-steve-smith-mitchell-starc-10955266/

https://welshsportsnewsblog.wordpress.com/2019/10/21/england-star-jonny-bairstow-reacts-after-his-hundred-team-sign-ashes-rivals-steve-smith-and-mitchell-starc/

Gareth Thomas slams Sebastien Vahaamahina over ‘intentional act of violence’ for red card

Gareth Thomas slams Sebastien Vahaamahina over ‘intentional act of violence’ for red card

Gareth Thomas slams Sebastien Vahaamahina over ‘intentional act of violence’ for red card


— Read on metro.co.uk/2019/10/20/gareth-thomas-slams-sebastien-vahaamahina-over-intentional-act-of-violence-for-red-card-10950195/

https://welshsportsnewsblog.wordpress.com/2019/10/20/gareth-thomas-slams-sebastien-vahaamahina-over-intentional-act-of-violence-for-red-card/

Sebastien Vahaamahina red card gives Wales dramatic win over France

Sebastien Vahaamahina red card gives Wales dramatic win over France

Sebastien Vahaamahina red card gives Wales dramatic win over France


— Read on metro.co.uk/2019/10/20/sebastien-vahaamahina-red-card-gives-wales-dramatic-win-over-france-10950032/

https://welshsportsnewsblog.wordpress.com/2019/10/20/sebastien-vahaamahina-red-card-gives-wales-dramatic-win-over-france/

Controversial Moriarty try leads Wales into World Cup semi-finals

Controversial Moriarty try leads Wales into World Cup semi-finals

https://www.thesun.co.uk/sport/10174503/wales-20-france-19-rugby-world-cup-japan/
— Read on www.thesun.co.uk/sport/10174503/wales-20-france-19-rugby-world-cup-japan/

https://welshsportsnewsblog.wordpress.com/2019/10/20/controversial-moriarty-try-leads-wales-into-world-cup-semi-finals/

Furious Wales caught up in World Cup row after Eddie Jones consultancy revelation – Wales Online

Wales have been left furious with Japanese rugby team Suntory Sungoliath after their relationship with England boss Eddie Jones was revealed.

Wales flung open their doors for coaches from Sungoliath on two separate occasions last season, including a week during the successful Six Nations campaign.

Coaches from the Japanese outfit spent a week embedded in the camp, observing different coaching techniques and will have been privy to tactical details Wales were using to prepare for games.

— Read more on www.walesonline.co.uk/sport/rugby/rugby-news/furious-wales-caught-up-world-16543179

https://welshsportsnewsblog.wordpress.com/2019/10/19/furious-wales-caught-up-in-world-cup-row-after-eddie-jones-consultancy-revelation-wales-online/

Sam Warburton tips Wales for 12-point Rugby World Cup win and names the one France player who worries him – Wales Online

Sam Warburton tips Wales for 12-point Rugby World Cup win and names the one France player who worries him – Wales Online
— Read on www.google.co.uk/amp/s/www.walesonline.co.uk/sport/rugby/rugby-news/sam-warburton-tips-wales-12-17111343.amp

https://welshsportsnewsblog.wordpress.com/2019/10/19/sam-warburton-tips-wales-for-12-point-rugby-world-cup-win-and-names-the-one-france-player-who-worries-him-wales-online/

Daniel James reveals text from Ryan Giggs after completing Manchester United transfer

Daniel James reveals text from Ryan Giggs after completing Manchester United transfer

Daniel James reveals text from Ryan Giggs after completing Manchester United transfer


— Read on metro.co.uk/2019/10/19/daniel-james-reveals-text-ryan-giggs-completing-manchester-united-transfer-10946343/

https://welshsportsnewsblog.wordpress.com/2019/10/19/daniel-james-reveals-text-from-ryan-giggs-after-completing-manchester-united-transfer/