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What's new for rugby's top 10 nations this July?

The rugby world is set to reunite this July, with World Rugby's Test window bringing the northern and southern hemispheres together across the globe. So what shape are the top 10 in at this key juncture, and what might they be looking to nail down?

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Wales, Lions legend Bennett dies aged 73

Former Wales and British & Irish Lions fly-half Phil Bennett has died aged 73, his former team Scarlets announced on Sunday.

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George North returns as Wales name squad for South Africa tour

Winger George North has returned to the Wales squad for the first time since a serious knee injury in April last year as coach Wayne Pivac named a 33-player selection on Wednesday for the three-Test tour to South Africa in July.

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Jones set for landmark 150th Wales cap

Alun Wyn Jones will make his 150th international appearance when Wales host Italy in their final Six Nations clash at the Principality Stadium on Saturday.

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Penaud tests positive for COVID ahead of Wales

France duo Romain Taofifenua and Damian Penaud have tested positive for COVID-19, forcing coach Fabien Galthie to make changes from the team who beat Scotland two weeks ago.

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Resilient Reds find a way to sink Waratahs in sodden Sydney

The Reds lost Taniela Tupou before kick-off, Tate McDermott before halftime, had little ball nor territory, but still found a way to scrounge what may prove to be a crucial victory on the road in Sydney.

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England's Tuilagi ruled out for Wales clash

England centre Manu Tuilagi has been ruled out of Saturday's Six Nations clash at home to Wales after picking up a hamstring injury in training, the RFU said on Thursday.

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Rugby Real or Not: Australian rugby doesn't value locks enough

Izack Rodda's contract extension was good news for Australian rugby, but the question must still be asked whether the country puts enough importance on the lock position. Meanwhile, is this the year the Waratahs come unstuck in Super W?

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Rugby Real or Not: Beale's return makes him fullback frontrunner

With Super Rugby Pacific underway, and the Six Nations set to resume after a week off, there is plenty happening across the rugby world. Our writers break down some of the big stories in the first edition of Rugby Real or Not.

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England 6N boost as Tuilagi returns from injury

Veteran centre Manu Tuilagi has been included in a 25-player England squad for a five-day training camp in London announced by head coach Eddie Jones on Tuesday.

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Biggar kicks Wales to 6N victory over Scotland

Dan Biggar's late drop goal proved the difference as Wales edged Scotland 20-17 in their Six Nations clash at the Principality Stadium on Saturday.

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Biggar set to make 100th appearance for Wales

Wales captain Dan Biggar will make his 100th test appearance when they face Scotland in Cardiff on Saturday, while centre Jonathan Davies is also in line to get his 100th cap from the bench.


Boks to host Wales, All Blacks and Pumas in 2022

South Africa will host Wales for the first time since 2014 when the teams clash in three Tests, before two home fixtures against New Zealand in the Rugby Championship.

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Wales try Adams experiment vs. Ireland

Injury-hit defending champions Wales have handed wing Josh Adams his first international start at outside centre for their Six Nations opener against Ireland in Dublin on Saturday.

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Wales' Biggar ready to lead title defence

Wales captain Dan Biggar has said the upcoming Six Nations campaign feels like his first as he prepares to lead a squad missing 680 caps to injury, including regular skipper Alun Wyn Jones.

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Re-ranking world rugby's top 10 two years out from the World Cup

The halfway point between Rugby World Cups has been reached, with the countdown now on to France 2023. After a fascinating few weeks of cross-hemisphere play, where does the pecking order sit for the game's elite nations?

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Wales add to Australia misery with late penalty

Wales' Rhys Priestland kicked a penalty after the hooter as the hosts poured more misery on Australia with a 29-28 victory at the Principality Stadium on Saturday.

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Wales labour to 38-23 win as Fiji see red

Wales struggled to a flattering 38-23 victory over sparkling Fiji, who received a first-half red card but showed plenty of fight at the Principality Stadium on Sunday.

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All you need to know for the weekend's rugby Tests

After an enthralling opening weekend of the November Test window, the action goes up a gear with huge clashes in London, Dublin and Edinburgh. Read up on all you need to know here.

2022 RankingsSix Nations

  • WALES4th
    Tries Scored 1st Ireland : 24 Tries Scored
  • WALES4th
    Points Difference 1st Ireland : 105 Points Difference