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RugbyU: Wales boss Gatland ready to change tack

Warren Gatland accepts he will have to change his tactics if Wales are to return to the summit of European rugby. Wales finished the Six Nations with a record 51-3 mauling of Scotland at the Millennium Stadium on Saturday after the visitors were a man down for nearly an hour following the sending off of full-back Stuart Hogg. But away defeats by eventual champions Ireland (26-3) and runners-up England (29-18) dashed Wales' hopes of what would have been a record third successive outright Six Nations title.

RugbyU: Gatland tells Wales to finish with a flourish

Wales coach Warren Gatland insists there is a "lot at stake" for both his side and opponents Scotland even though they risk being the unappetising filling in Saturday's final day Six Nations 'sandwich'. Neither of the Celtic nations can win the title, which will be decided by a combination of the results in the early kick-off in Rome between Italy and England and the concluding fixture of the 23014 Championship in Paris where France face leaders Ireland.

RugbyU: O'Driscoll - Ireland's centre of excellence

Brian O'Driscoll likes to keep his emotions in check but even he will find those difficult to control when arguably Ireland's greatest ever rugby player brings down the curtain on his international career in Paris on Saturday. The 35-year-old centre has won three European Cups with Leinster, captained Ireland to only their second Five/Six Nations Grand Slam in 2009 and three other Triple Crowns. He has a world record 140 caps (including eight British and Irish Lions Tests) and holds the Five/Six Nations try record with 26, having broken a 78-year-old record in March 2011.

RugbyU: Wales star Halfpenny's season over

Wales star Leigh Halfpenny will miss the rest of this season, coach Warren Gatland said Sunday, after dislocating his shoulder during the champions 29-18 Six Nations loss to England at Twickenham. Full-back Halfpenny, who scored all of Wales' points on Sunday with six penalties, injured his right shoulder with a try-saving tackle on England centre Luther Burrell. "Leigh has dislocated his shoulder and will be out for the rest of the Championship, that's his season over, which is disappointing for him," said Gatland.

RugbyU: Gatland glad to see Wales back in title hunt

Warren Gatland got exactly the reaction he wanted from his Welsh side as they thrust themselves back into the Six Nations title race with their biggest win over France in 64 years. The Wales coach issued a stern ultimatum to his players after the 26-3 defeat in Ireland that their international careers were on the line at the Millennium Stadium and they responded with a 27-6 victory in Cardiff on Friday. "It was more a reminder than a threat," said Gatland, whose team are bidding to become the first to win three successive outright Six Nations titles.

RugbyU:Gatland offers up no excuses for Irish debacle

Wales coach Warren Gatland admitted he had no excuses after watching Ireland maul the two-time defending Six Nations champions at Lansdowne Road on Saturday. The visitors suffered their worst tournament defeat since 2006 and took 56 minutes to score, with Leigh Halfpenny's penalty alone helping them avoid a humiliating whitewash in a comprehensive 26-3 loss. Defeat dealt a huge, but not fatal, blow to Wales's hopes of becoming the first side to win three successive outright Six Nations titles.

RugbyU:Gatland offers up no excuses for Irish debacle

Wales coach Warren Gatland admitted he had no excuses after watching Ireland maul the two-time defending Six Nations champions at Lansdowne Road on Saturday. The visitors suffered their worst tournament defeat since 2006, and took 56 minutes to score; Leigh Halfpenny's penalty helping them avoid a humiliating whitewash. Defeat dealt a huge but not fatal blow to Wales's hopes of becoming the first side to win three successive Six Nations titles.

RugbyU: Kiwi duo clash as O'Driscoll takes centre stage

Ireland coach Joe Schmidt admits it is impossible for him to spring any surprises on Wales counterpart Warren Gatland ahead of Saturday's Six Nations showdown at Dublin's Lansdowne Road. The two New Zealand-born coaches have opposed one another over the course of their rugby careers, while Gatland also has vast experience of the Irish game from his time in charge of the country and his spell as boss of the British and Irish Lions.

RugbyU: Grudge match to spice up Six Nations

France's thrilling 26-24 win over England gave the Six Nations a scintillating start but next Saturday's match between Ireland and two-time defending champions Wales promises to really heat up the tournament as one nation looks to settle a score. Pretty much the whole of Ireland -- even those orientated towards Gaelic Games -- will down tools on Saturday and be willing their team to deliver a hammer blow to Wales coach Warren Gatland's hopes of an unprecedented third successive Six Nations title.

RugbyU: O'Driscoll 'grudge' talk angers Wales boss Gatland

Wales coach Warren Gatland insisted the champions' upcoming Six Nations match against Ireland would not be blighted by any lingering fall-out from his relationship with Brian O'Driscoll. Gatland, who as Ireland coach gave the star centre his Test debut, came in for fierce criticism when, as British and Irish Lions boss, he dropped the Irish centre great for the deciding final Test against Australia in Sydney last year, which the combined side won 41-16 to seal a 2-1 series triumph.
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