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18 September 2019 07:01

The Wales squad, too.

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Do not underestimate how much of a blow to Wales this is. Do not try to downplay how shattered Warren Gatland will be by this news. The Wales squad, too. There is a lot of guff spouted about tightness and bonding and teamship at these elite gatherings as if a bunch of highly trained athletes and highly remunerated men were not able to perform without the bolstering, boosting effect of a companion-in-arms alongside. But the mantra is true.

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