The return of Alex Cuthbert, the Wales Grand Slam winner who’s back after having his eyes opened in England

Muhammad Ali famously reckoned a man who views the world the same at the age of 50 as he did at 20 has wasted 30 years of his life. Experience: it’s the teacher of all things. And so to Alex Cuthbert, who has been pencilled in for his Welsh rugby return this weekend, three and… Continue reading The return of Alex Cuthbert, the Wales Grand Slam winner who’s back after having his eyes opened in England

Ospreys v Cardiff Rugby ratings as Gareth Anscombe edges Wales fly-half audition and uncapped forward shines brightly

So it’s the Ospreys who came out on top in the second Welsh derby of the United Rugby Championship season, beating Cardiff 18-14 in a tight old contest. Which players stood out and put their hands up for Wales squad selection? Here are our head-to-head player ratings. Max Nagy 7 v Hallam Amos 7 Buckingham… Continue reading Ospreys v Cardiff Rugby ratings as Gareth Anscombe edges Wales fly-half audition and uncapped forward shines brightly

Welsh player who ‘stormed onto scene’ in Australia and lived in outback returns home

He didn’t visit the Walkabout Creek Hotel frequented by Crocodile Dundee in the movies, but Jay Baker has spent time in Australia’s outback. The roving rugby player had made a favourable impression with Michael Hooper’s club of origin Manly Marlins prior to the coronavirus pandemic, proving such a success that within two months of his… Continue reading Welsh player who ‘stormed onto scene’ in Australia and lived in outback returns home

Life after the storm: A Welsh rugby player’s story of acceptance four months on from ending his career at 26

It is hard enough when the music stops for a sports person in their mid-30s, the time when many such careers grind to a halt, so imagine how it feels for those who see their hopes and dreams end a decade or so early. Imagine how it feels after the media interviews have all been… Continue reading Life after the storm: A Welsh rugby player’s story of acceptance four months on from ending his career at 26

The return of Alex Cuthbert and what to expect 10 years on from becoming a Welsh rugby sensation

Ten years on from first bursting onto the scene, Alex Cuthbert is back in Welsh rugby, with a firm belief that he still has a lot to give. It was in September 2011 that the winger made his Cardiff Blues debut, having switched from the Sevens circuit. Such was the immediate impact he made, Cuthbert… Continue reading The return of Alex Cuthbert and what to expect 10 years on from becoming a Welsh rugby sensation

‘He’s still got it!’ Gareth Anscombe turning heads exactly two years after his world caved in

Gareth Anscombe has been out injured for so long that around the time the script went so badly wrong for him, many people were wondering whether Liverpool football club would ever win a league title again. Working from home? According to lots of folk back then, a mere excuse for getting out of bed late,… Continue reading ‘He’s still got it!’ Gareth Anscombe turning heads exactly two years after his world caved in