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Celtic Challenge Round 3 – Report

Now that three rounds are complete, we can take stock of this innovative tournament. Standards have varied from very fine to pedestrian, just what you’d expect from sides composed of a few seasoned internationals alongside many youngsters finding their feet. Two tight Sunday finishes showed the Challenge in its best light. But first Glasgow Warriors

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Celtic Challenge Round Two – Preview

Round One of this important initiative saw plenty of local rivalries, but this second showing is where the story really begins: three international match-ups. Less experienced players now face the challenge of crossing borders to play. There are interchanges between some of these sides and PWR clubs. For example Louise McMillan retunrs south, but Mairi

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The Welsh Derby

Gwalia Lightning v Brython Thunder New Year’s Day 2024 Rodney Parade, Newport The third and last match of the Round One of the Celtic Challenge showed each nation was choosing its own path. The Welsh version formed part of a double-header, with the Dragons and Scarlets performing later on the same pitch. Team Selections: Gwalia

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Clovers v Wolfhounds

The first Match in the extended Celtic Challenge 2023-24 Musgrave Park, Cork It was good to see a tight match at the start of the second Celtic Challenge. The IRFU split the four provinces more or less west and east, and this resulted in a neat evening up of historical strengths: Leinster and Munster have

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A new extended Celtic Challenge

The Celtic Challenge got under way last year. The good news is that the second version will see a dramatic extension in scope. The programme extends across eleven weeks from late December to 3 March; that is, to leave good time to prepare for the Six Nations. Ireland, Scotland and Wales will each provide two

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