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Will Owen

A rugby fanatic by trade, and English Literature graduate by education, Will has been working as an analyst for the Squidge Rugby YouTube channel since 2019. He also co-hosts the Rugby World Cup Retrospective podcast, on which he loves to reminisce about aged Romanian tightheads. He finds himself playing and coaching amateur rugby, wishing he was Rassie Erasmus. Will also has a notebook with a photo of Tonga fly-half Latiume Fosita on it.

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How Ellis Genge is redefining the England loosehead role

The Bristol and England No 1 is set to wreak havoc from the bench against the Boks but there's no doubting his importance to Eddie…

Will Owen
Will Owen
25 Nov 2022, 5:13
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Ange Capuozzo fires up the Italian renaissance

Italy are on a roll, beating Wales, Samoa and Australia in 2022 with a young, ambitious squad and South Africa need to be wary

Will Owen
Will Owen
17 Nov 2022, 4:08
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Why Tommy Freeman is one of the most exciting wings in world rugby

The Northampton Saints wing has the athletic ability and rugby intelligence to make a huge impact over the next year

Will Owen
Will Owen
09 Oct 2022, 4:13
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How Julian Montoya perfected the dark arts of Test rugby

Mario Ledesma and Agustin Creevy were tough acts to follow the the Leicester Tigers favourite has become one of the most effective…

Will Owen
Will Owen
26 Aug 2022, 4:25
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How Malcolm Marx became King of the breakdown

The muscular hooker won his 50th cap and put in a world-class performance to further weaken the All Blacks' resolve

Will Owen
Will Owen
12 Aug 2022, 9:20
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Analysis: the rise and rise of Dewi Lake

2022 has been a breakthrough year for the powerful young Ospreys and Wales hooker and he is vying for the No 2 shirt with a series…

Will Owen
Will Owen
15 Jul 2022, 2:57
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How Josh van der Flier has evolved into a world-class 7

The Leinster and Ireland open side has made huge improvements in his game and is a key cog in the Dubliners winning machine

Will Owen
Will Owen
27 May 2022, 10:49
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Can they kick it? Yes they can

The very notion of a forward kicking the ball in open play used to provide mirth for fans but it's becoming increasingly commonpla…

Will Owen
Will Owen
12 May 2022, 3:52
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France v England Women: Grand Slam showdown

They seismic battle between France and England will go some way to giving a psychological edge ahead of this year's World Cup. The…

Will Owen
Will Owen
29 Apr 2022, 4:31
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There's no doubting Tomos

Tomos Williams, the Cardiff and Wales scrum-half showed against Saracens why he is the outstanding option going forward for Wayne …

Will Owen
Will Owen
19 Apr 2022, 5:12

The quiet genius of Jaz Joyce

The Wales Women flyer brings X-Factor to Ioan Cunningham's squad and she has been integral to their stellar start to the Six Natio…

Owain Jones
Owain Jones
06 Apr 2022, 17:14
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Six Nations: Kyle Sinckler's evolving role with England

The Bristol and England tighthead has developed his game to suit Eddie Jones' gameplan since his debut in 2016 and he is now one o…

Will Owen
Will Owen
06 Mar 2022, 3:36
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Scotland bank on fortress Murrayfield to repel Grand Slam chasers France

All eyes will be on Murrayfield as Grand Slam hopefuls attempt to continue their winning run against a Scotland side desperate to …

Will Owen
Will Owen
26 Feb 2022, 4:07
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Six Nations players to watch - 2022

The venerable tournament will create new stars of the game over seven weeks and The XV has picked a clutch of players primed to ex…

Will Owen
Will Owen
23 Jan 2022, 3:53
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The renaissance of Ellis Jenkins 2.0

The Cardiff and Wales backrow has fought back from adversity to put himself squarely in the frame to captain Wales in this year's …

Will Owen
Will Owen
14 Jan 2022, 5:22

Seven wonders of the world for 2022

The XV scours the globe and picks out some of the best young stars who will shine the brightest over the coming 12 months

Owain Jones
Owain Jones
05 Jan 2022, 3:30
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From Youngs pretender to the throne of England

The XV looks at how the Leicester scrum-half has evolved his game to rule the roost at No9 for more than a decade

Will Owen
Will Owen
11 Dec 2021, 4:07
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