Warren Gatland & Alun Wyn Jones
Warren David Gatland (born 17 September 1963) is a former New Zealand rugby footballer and the current head coach of the Wales national team. Alun Wyn Jones (born 19 September 1985) is a Welsh international rugby union player, currently playing for the Ospreys in the Celtic League. /5
Warren Gatland Alun Wyn Jones Sam Warburton Wyn Jones Leigh Halfpenny Six Nations George North Dan Lydiate Adam Jones Alex Cuthbert Millennium Stadium Rhys Priestland Tom Youngs Tomas Francis Mike Phillips Jonathan Davies Richard Hibbard Mako Vunipola Paul Gray
Warren Gatland alleging that taking no chances with Alun Wyn Jones, though still played him when only 80% fit
Warren Gatland admits Alun Wyn Jones, out of Wales' team v Italy because of foot injury, has been operating on 80% and "…
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Alun Wyn Jones & Warren Gatland at today's Wales press conference at the Ingwenyama Sports Complex outside Nelspruit
Wales change their pack by Gavin Rich 19 June 2014, 15:00 Wales have made two changes to their pack for Saturday’s second test against South Africa at the Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit. The changes are an indication that the Welsh took some heart from the second half of last week’s game, where they were far more competitive than they were in a first half where they fell 28-9 behind before eventually losing 38-16. Both the newcomers to the starting team are players who impressed as replacements at Growthpoint Kings Park. After the going over they were given by the Springbok forwards in Durban last week, it is unsurprising that Wales coach Warren Gatland has sought to reinforce his front-row, where Samson Lee gets to start for the first time ahead of Adam Jones, who struggled last week. Although Lee made his debut against Argentina in November last year, this is the first time Gatland has backed him to front the challenge from kick-off. The other change comes on the flank, where Josh Turnbull comes in t ...
Sam Warburton on standby for starting berth in Wales's Six Nations opener • Lions' captain has recovered from shoulder injury • Dan Lydiate may miss Italy match to attend birth Sam Warburton was named on Wales's bench against Italy on Saturday after recovering from the shoulder injury he sustained at the end of the autumn Test series, but the Lions' captain may start the champions' opening match of their Six Nations title defence after Dan Lydiate returned to France on Tuesday when his fiancee went into labour. Warren Gatland said he would have no qualms about starting the flanker, despite his lack of match fitness, but the second-row Alun Wyn Jones, who was named captain in place of Warburton, will wear the armband if Lydiate fails to return to the squad's training base by Friday. "I have told Dan to take a few days off and we will be able to accommodate him even if he returns on Friday," Gatland said. "We always stress to players the importance of family and I asked Dan if he wanted the weekend off, ...
Sam Warburton is on the subs bench for Wales' Six Nations opener against Italy on Saturday. Alun Wyn Jones takes the captaincy as Warren Gatland's first choice is still struggling with a shoulder injury. George North starts at the wing while Rhys Priestland returns at fly half. We'll have live coverage from the Millennium Stadium on MatchPoint Live this Saturday from 2pm.
What a fantastic come back by the Lions. Thought they had thrown it away early in the second half, but the backs came though with power. Leigh Halfpenny an absolute hero, as is the understated Alun Wyn Jones and Adam Jones. Must also say that I respect Aussie captain James Horwill for his performances and leadership. Don't believe he meant to stamp on Alun Wyn in the first test and he's come through all the flak with amazing dignity. Also well done to Warren Gatland and his team, who have been under the cosh following their team selection. Result proves that he was right. Great series.
Alun Wyn Jones captains the Lions in the final Test against Australia on Saturday as Brian O'Driscoll is dropped from the squad.
Warren Gatland has chosen the Official Lions Rugby team to face Australia in the series deciding 3rd test in Sydney. He has made 6 changes and Alun Wyn Jones will lead the team in Sam Warburton's absence. 13 of the starting XV have played in the RaboDirect PRO12 with a further 3 amongst the replacements.
Lions: L Halfpenny; A Cuthbert, B O'Driscoll, J Davies, G North; J Sexton, M Phillips; A Corbisiero, T Youngs, A Jones; AW Jones, P O'Connell; T Croft, S Warburton (c), J Heaslip. Reps: R Hibbard, M Vunipola, D Cole, G Parling, D Lydiate, B Youngs, O Farrell, S Maitland. Eight Welsh players will be in the Lions first Test starting line-up to face Australia on Saturday, after Warren Gatland revealed his picks earlier today. Sam Waburton will captain the side in the No.7 jersey and he is joined by full-back Leigh Halfpenny, wings Alex Cuthbert and George North, centre Jonathan Davies, scrum-half Mike Phillips, second row Alun Wyn Jones and prop Adam Jones. The only surprise was the inclusion of Englishman Alex Corbisiero at loosehead, Mako Vunipola having been expected to get the nod butu having to make do with a place on the bench. That's the situation too for hooker Richard Hibbard, who has lost out to in-form Tom Youngs for the No.2 jersey. Hibbard and blindside Dan Lydiate are the Welshmen among the rep ...
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