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The Ashes Test

Prelims A fanfare of trumpets accompanied the news of Lauren Bell’s addition to the test squad. She was not picked to play. The train of thought behind this sequence of decisions is hard to follow. Her next test chance does not follow next week. Lisa Keightley learned from her grave error of the India test

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A New-look Welsh Squad

Ioan Cunningham has announced the names of 42 players to form the first Welsh training squad for 2022 They are: Ffion Lewis (Worcester Warriors) Keira Bevan (Bristol Bears) Megan Davies (Exeter Chiefs) Emma Swords (Harlequins) Elinor Snowsill (Bristol Bears) Flo Williams (Wasps) Robyn Wilkins (Gloucester-Hartpury) Lleucu George (Gloucester-Hartpury) Kerin Lake (Gloucester-Hartpury) Gemma Rowland (Wasps) Hannah

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Looking Forward to the World Cup – Part Four – Black Ferns

Playing Strength It still isn’t obvious to me why the Black Ferns selectors found it necessary to take thirteen debutants on tour. There had been retirements of important players (Charmaine Smith was a sad loss through injury); but were there so many other non-availabilities that the balance of the squad was inevitably skewed? One background

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Welsh Retainer Contracts – The World Cup is looming

The Wales Rugby Union has fulfilled its promise to provide retainer contracts to complement the twelve full-time contracts awarded earlier this month. The nine players are: Abbie Fleming (Exeter Chiefs), Bethan Lewis (Gloucester-Hartpury), Caitlin Lewis (Exeter Chiefs), Cerys Hale (Gloucester-Hartpury), Georgia Evans (Saracens), Gwen Crabb (Gloucester-Hartpury), Kat Evans (Saracens), Kerin Lake (Gloucester-Hartpury) and Niamh Terry

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The Run-in to the World Cup

It’s a fool’s game to predict events months ahead. So here goes. I’m not the only person on the planet to suggest that France and England will compete for the big prize in the final of the RWC on 12 November. Needless to say such careless talk is taken to task, especially by Kiwis. Mr

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The Same Old Story – The Ashes get under way

England’s bowling proved no match for Australia’s top-order batters, Tahlia McGrath hitting a remarkable 91* of just 49 deliveries. It’s accepted policy that you bowl your best bowlers first, so Heather Knight asked Sophie Ecclestone to take the second over. The trouble is, it means she won’t be bowling when it really matters. Of course

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There’s an Ashes Series coming

On Thursday England start their quest for the Ashes. Let’s hope they have been entirely cut off from all media channels, or they will be aware of the abysmal, disheartening, unacceptable, abject (delete as preferred) performance of their menfolk in Australia (a 0-4 defeat). Much will depend on Lisa Keightley’s powers of psychology. As an

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