ROBIN DAVEY'S FINAL COLUMN: History is repeating itself in Welsh rugby

South Wales Argus: LOOKING BACK: Here I am back in the seventies presenting the biggest sporting petition the Argus has ever organised to Ray Williams (WRU secretary) calling for Pontypool great David Bishop to be given a chance in the Welsh national team

11:50am Tuesday 20th December 2011

I SO wanted my final column to be optimistic about the future for Wales and Newport Gwent Dragons, and a while ago this looked a distinct possibility, but now...

ROBIN DAVEY SAYS: Welsh regions facing uphill task

2:40pm Tuesday 13th December 2011

THE Welsh regions, Cardiff Blues apart, have got it all to do if they are to make any impression in Europe this season.

DAVEY SAYS: Shane's exit leaves a huge void for Wales

South Wales Argus: GLITTERING CAREER: Shane Williams

3:55pm Tuesday 6th December 2011

WHAT are we to do without Shane Williams? How are we to overcome the loss of his magic, those elusive running skills which have given so much pleasure to so many?

DAVEY SAYS: Final bow for Shane... and yours truly!

South Wales Argus: END OF THE LINE: Saturday’s clash between Wales and Australia at the Millennium Stadium will be Shane Williams’ last international, and mine

3:43pm Tuesday 29th November 2011

WHAT have Shane Williams and yours truly got in common?

DAVEY SAYS: Poor attendances at regional venues are a major concern

3:40pm Tuesday 29th November 2011

IT’S one of the big talking points in Welsh rugby right now – the poor attendances at our four regional venues.

ROBIN DAVEY SAYS: New era as super Shane bows out

12:10pm Tuesday 22nd November 2011

THE endless search for new Welsh rugby talent goes on as coach Warren Gatland and his management team seek to build on the achievements of the recent World Cup and look towards the next one.

Robin Davey says: Edwards staying is such a big boost

12:20pm Tuesday 15th November 2011

WHAT a coup for Welsh rugby! After the high of the World Cup and Wales’ best result in the tournament for 24 years, defence chief Shaun Edwards has signed a new four-year contract.

DAVEY SAYS: Tip tackle law is a fiasco

South Wales Argus: THAT KEY MOMENT: The tip tackle that saw Sam Warburton’s World Cup ended

12:10pm Tuesday 8th November 2011

THIS is absurd – the refereeing of the tip tackle which is rapidly becoming the biggest talking point in Welsh, if not in world rugby.

DAVEY SAYS: Wales delivered at a super tournament

12:10pm Tuesday 25th October 2011

THE World Cup has delivered – and so have Wales. That’s the twin verdict on one of the biggest sporting events on the planet as the host country went into overdrive to celebrate its triumph.

ROBIN DAVEY SAYS: Still all to play for at World Cup

2:40pm Tuesday 18th October 2011

EMOTIONS may still be raw and the sense of injustice still very strong, but the World Cup is definitely not over for Wales.

DAVEY SAYS: Wales are on a mission

12:30pm Tuesday 11th October 2011

WALES are on a crusade which could take them all the way to the World Cup final after an almost unbelievable turnaround in fortunes.

Davey Says: The serious stuff starts now

3:00pm Tuesday 4th October 2011

NOW it really does get serious and we are all set for an absolute cracker of a World Cup quarter-final between Celtic rivals Wales and Ireland on Saturday.

DAVEY SAYS: Young guns give Welsh rugby fans reasons to be cheerful

South Wales Argus: RISING STAR: Young guns like George North, just 19, create optimism about the future of Welsh rugby

12:30pm Wednesday 28th September 2011

WELSH rugby is on a high again at national level, and with as many as a third of the 30-man squad in New Zealand for the World Cup being 23 or under the future looks extremely bright.

ROBIN DAVEY SAYS: Complacency is now Wales' biggest threat

3:30pm Tuesday 13th September 2011

WALES went within a whisker of shocking the rugby world when they all but downed the Springboks in Welling-ton on Sunday, but now they’ve got to back it up when they face the dangerous Samoan team.

DAVEY SAYS: Don't bet your shirt on Wales!

11:10am Tuesday 6th September 2011

NO more shocks, no more humiliating exits – that must be the message to the current Wales squad on the brink of the seventh Rugby World Cup.

ROBIN DAVEY SAYS: Plenty of questions despite fine display

4:01pm Tuesday 16th August 2011

THE Welsh performances in the two World Cup warm-up matches against England have gone better than expected, but they have thrown up some major problems.

DAVEY SAYS: Lots of positives for Gatland and Wales

South Wales Argus: NEEDS TEST: Gavin Henson must start against England or Argentina

12:10pm Tuesday 9th August 2011

THE glass half full tone of last week’s column has proved well founded after Wales’ encouraging performance against England at Twickenham on Saturday.

DAVEY SAYS: The World Cup starts here

12:00pm Tuesday 2nd August 2011

IT all starts right now, the World Cup is almost upon us and Wales have got to storm the Twickenham citadel on Saturday and somehow get the final phase of the countdown off to a winning start.

DAVEY SAYS: Let’s honour hero Parks

12:20pm Tuesday 19th July 2011

GIVE him a civic reception and make him a freeman of the borough of Newport. People have been knighted for less than what Richard Parks has just achieved.

DAVEY SAYS: Dragons closing gap on the other regions

11:10am Tuesday 19th July 2011

BETTER times are surely just around the corner for Newport Gwent Dragons.

DAVEY SAYS: What happened to England’s Open challenge?

10:20pm Monday 18th July 2011

WHEN all the emotion associated with Darren Clarke and his memorable Open triumph on Sunday has died down one big question will be asked.

DAVEY SAYS: WRU's Sky TV deal is a major turn-off

11:40am Tuesday 12th July 2011

THE Welsh Rugby Union are risking the wrath of the fans by getting into bed with Sky and ignoring previous long-term partners the BBC when it comes to the England double header next month.

DAVEY SAYS: Rugby chiefs need to go back to school

South Wales Argus: BLACK DAY: Wales Under 20s suffered a humiliating defeat at the hands of New Zealand

11:30am Tuesday 28th June 2011

NEVER mind Wales Under 20s getting the better of Ireland in their final Junior World Cup match at the weekend by a margin of 38-24.

DAVEY SAYS: Phillips' suspension is right and proper

12:10pm Tuesday 21st June 2011

AT last the Welsh Rugby Union has acted decisively in the wake of yet another scandal involving one of its leading players.

DAVEY SAYS: Brown comes up trumps again for the Dragons

South Wales Argus: MUCH RESPECTED: Tony Brown

8:20am Tuesday 14th June 2011

THE largesse of Tony Brown continues and fans will be doing cartwheels of delight as he provides further backing to Newport Gwent Dragons and Rodney Parade.

DAVEY SAYS: Wales are in the Last Chance saloon

9:30am Tuesday 31st May 2011

IT’S the last chance saloon for Wales - the final part of coach Warren Gatland’s build-up to the World Cup, and this stage will have to go better than the first two or it’ll be curtains in New Zealand this autumn.

DAVEY SAYS: Parade is special, but abuse must stop

12:20pm Tuesday 17th May 2011

NO-ONE appreciates more than me the part played by the fans at Rodney Parade in creating the atmosphere, particularly at the Welsh derbies, that has made it a special place to be.

ROBIN DAVEY SAYS: A season to forget for Wales AND the regions

2:30pm Tuesday 10th May 2011

SO much was expected from this rugby season with it being World Cup year but it has spectacularly failed to deliver.

DAVEY SAYS: Dragons can do without Henson

South Wales Argus: LINKED WITH DRAGONS: Gavin Henson

11:20am Tuesday 3rd May 2011

I’M going to follow the advice of many Dragons fans on the Argus website who say virtually without exception – don’t touch him with a bargepole.

DAVEY SAYS: Rugby in news for wrong reasons

10:20am Tuesday 26th April 2011

WELSH rugby is engulfed in a brawl of shame, yet all we get from the governing body is a deafening silence.

DAVEY SAYS: Willis picks his lucky three

11:30am Tuesday 19th April 2011

OTHER BUSINESS

DAVEY SAYS: Now Dragons are really going places

South Wales Argus: MOVING FORWARD: The Dragons are heading the right way thanks to stars like Toby Faletau

11:10am Tuesday 19th April 2011

THINGS are starting to happen for Newport Gwent Dragons - on and off the field.

DAVEY SAYS: Heartbreak for Rory but his day will come

10:20am Tuesday 12th April 2011

ASTONISHING - the collapse of Rory McIIroy and the emergence of Charl Schwartzel at a riveting final day of the US Masters.

DAVEY SAYS: Sporting developments are rescuing Newport from the abyss

10:10am Tuesday 12th April 2011

SO it takes sport to come to the city of Newport's rescue, to save it from oblivion, to enable it to crawl out of the mess it has become living in the shadow of its neighbours Cardiff, Bristol and even Swansea.

ROBIN DAVEY SAYS: It's that time of year again...

3:30pm Tuesday 5th April 2011

IT’S April and that can mean only one thing in sporting terms - it’s the Masters.

ROBIN DAVEY SAYS: Baa-baas game is all about money

1:20pm Tuesday 5th April 2011

CALL me cynical, but the decision to award caps for Wales’ game against the Barbarians at the Millennium Stadium on June 4 has to be for commercial reasons.

DAVEY SAYS: Dragons fans should not give up hope

10:30am Tuesday 29th March 2011

TO those who may be dismayed that Newport Gwent Dragons are now, barring an absolute miracle, out of the running for a Heineken Cup place next season, I would urge them not to be dismayed.

DAVEY SAYS: It's turf at the top for Speed

South Wales Argus: MUCH TO THINK ABOUT: Wales manager Gary Speed

10:10am Tuesday 29th March 2011

SO Gary Speed, the new Wales football manager, compares the Millennium Stadium playing surface with a parks pitch – well after Saturday’s dismal, passionless, useless performance against Eng-land, that’s all the side is fit for.

DAVEY SAYS: Alarm bells ring for Wales as World Cup approaches

South Wales Argus: GRIM NIGHT IN PARIS: James Hook can only look on as France  lock Lionel Nallet charges towards over the Wales line

10:00am Tuesday 22nd March 2011

THE alarm bells are ringing for Wales now with the Six Nations over and the World Cup just six months away.

DAVEY SAYS: Dragons need some stars

1:10pm Tuesday 15th March 2011

IF the Newport Gwent Dragons board and management didn’t know it before they do now — they need to go out and sign a few high quality players.

ROBIN DAVEY SAYS: Which France will it be?

12:50pm Tuesday 15th March 2011

IT’S the classic rugby question I know, but which French team will turn up when Wales arrive at the Stade de France on Saturday night?

DAVEY SAYS: Dragons have it all to do at Gloucester

10:30am Tuesday 8th March 2011

OF all the times for Newport Gwent Dragons to run into an injury crisis it has to be now, at the business end of the season and with a cup semi-final just five days away.

DAVEY SAYS: Wales-Ireland clash is too close to call

10:20am Tuesday 8th March 2011

NOW it gets serious, as if Wales against England wasn't of course, but the Irish game in the Six Nations has been getting more and more feisty in recent years.

DAVEY SAYS: Nemesis O’Gara holds the key

1:10pm Tuesday 1st March 2011

TARGET Ronan O’Gara – that has got to be the Wales plan next week when the Celtic rivals aim to keep alive their faint chance of snatching the Six Nations title from under England’s noses.

DAVEY SAYS: Can Dragons make the Heineken Cup?

10:10am Tuesday 22nd February 2011

NOW for another question. Newport Gwent Dragons are out of contention for a place in next season’s Heineken Cup - aren’t they?

DAVEY SAYS: Title race isn't over yet!

South Wales Argus: KEY MAN: Wales will be hoping they can include Jonathan Davies to save James Hook switching positions

8:10am Tuesday 22nd February 2011

IS there a Six Nations Championship game on this weekend apart from England against France at Twickenham on Saturday?

DAVEY SAYS: Win puts Wales back on track

2:30pm Tuesday 15th February 2011

WHAT a difference a win makes! The monkey is finally off the back, Wales have ended their eight-match run without a victory and suddenly all bets are on again and the team can head to Italy next week full of confidence.

DAVEY SAYS: Dragons' fortunes are looking up

9:10am Tuesday 8th February 2011

MAYBE I was too quick loading the guns a couple of weeks ago, perhaps I was too hasty dismissing Newport Gwent Dragons as a basket case, though in my defence they had just suffered one mishap after another off the field and on it.

DAVEY SAYS: Now Wales' backs are really to the wall

8:20am Tuesday 8th February 2011

WALES are really up against it now after they suffered the Six Nations start nobody wanted – defeat, not just any old defeat but a loss to England on their home soil.

ROBIN DAVEY SAYS: Great to have Brown back on Parade

12:40pm Tuesday 1st February 2011

WHERE to start? What a tumultuous few days on the Newport Gwent Dragons front, a region where nothing very much takes place, but suddenly it's all happening.






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