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Our Welsh rugby bloggers first XV

Kumari Tilakawardane

Kumari Tilakawardane

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I'm 18 years old and a student from North Wales - where, believe it or not, we know as much about rugby as do those in the south! I am a former captain of the Gogledd Cymru Girls U18 Team as well as being a qualified coach and referee - I fancy I could give Gatland a run for his money and I'm almost always convinced I'm right and the ref's wrong - something I have in common with most of Wales I think... As a lock and Number 8 I am an ardent supporter of the pack and firmly believe the good ol' forwards often deserve more credit than the so-called ‘pretty’ boys out on the wing! Rugby is one of the many subjects about which I am passionate, and as such I have some outspoken and often unusual opinions on the matter. Not one to shy away from confrontation on the field, the same goes for my reporting. I’m hoping the 2011 World Cup brings back the old Welsh flair – something that’s been sorely lacking the last couple of seasons. So, let me hear you... Come on Cymru!

Harri Thomas

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I'm Harri Thomas, 15, and a winger for Pontyclun RFC and have been involved in Cardiff Blues under 16’s, but because of a fractured bone in my back I’ve been out of action – really frustrating! I've been watching Wales in the seventies and love the fluent non-stop running compared to today’s rush defence game. Roy Bergiers, John Dawes, Tommy David, JPR and JJ awesome. My proudest rugby moment? When Cowbridge Comprehensive won last year's Welsh Schools Urdd Sevens. The player I always look forward to taking to the field is our very own newly-bulked-up Leigh Halfpenny. But if there is a part of the modern game that really bugs me it’s the scrum. When you look at the props and hookers of today you see stripped, sculpted power packs (in most cases!) who spend most of their time pumping iron in the gym. However, when one force meets one of the same power you get an effect rivalling that of fire and ice, resulting in what looks like a messy game of twister. As well as this, when it comes to scrum time the no. 9 appears to be blessed with magic powers. If the scrum looks like it’s going in the opposition's favour then he simply needs to raise his arms, shake his head and follow up with an Oscar-winning appeal to the referee for the scrum to be reset. It’s as simple at that! Anyway, lots to talk about and I’m really looking forward to a great summer of rugby and the World Cup. Bring it on!

Jon North

Jon North

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I am a freelance sports photographer based in South Wales. Through my work I photograph many different sports but I have always had a special passion for rugby. I will be traveling to New Zealand to cover the World Cup as a photographer for Associated Sports Images where I will be following the fortunes of Wales and their opponents in group D closely.

In this blog I hope to share with you the excitement and atmosphere of RWC 2011 in words and exclusive pictures as it unfolds.

Rene Merideth

Rene Merideth

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I’m a Welsh rugby fan from Los Angeles, where I’ll be watching the games at 1am in the pub!

Expect photos, interviews and strong opinions from fans of all ages and nationalities in LA, California.

The RWC 2011 perspective from an unlikely and unorthodox source... an American woman. @dragonrider09 on Twitter

Simon Lister

Simon Lister

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I’m 31, born in Aberystwyth was brought up in Swansea and I support the Ospreys and of course the awesome Swansea City! Welsh is my first language but I’ve been living in Birmingham for one-and-a-half years. I moved here to train to become a paramedic and I live with my fiancee, whom I can occasionally persuade to watch a game of good rugby – she’s English!

I’ve followed Welsh rugby for as long as I can remember. I follow Wales away in the Six Nations and I’ve been travelling to Edinburgh since 1999.

I went to the last World Cup in Nantes, which was an excellent experience ... apart from the rugby.

I’ll be blogging about the performance of the team as a whole and any individual performances that I feel deserve praise or criticism.

I’m not much of a forwards man so will also like to assess Wales’ attacking options and rate the attack as we have the potential to match the best in that department.

Tom Davies

Tom Davies

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My name is Tom; I am from a small village in South Wales. Four years ago my brother and I were buoyant about our chances at the Rugby World Cup (despite getting hammered by England in our warm-up game). Three days after Wales were knocked out by Fiji we were stranded in the south of France, our newly-purchased camper van had blown up and we had tickets to a Rugby World Cup quarter-final, which we needed to sell. People say you always learn from your mistakes, but despite going into mourning for a year, losing money on a camper van and losing money on tickets, we have recruited more people to go to New Zealand. Wales are stuck in the group of death, and we still need to buy some shoddy camper vans to live in.

The group going to New Zealand has been split into two competing camper vans, with friends from home setting challenges for the groups to complete in-between the games. This blog is about the highs and lows of ours travels throughout the World Cup.

This is our real life Invictus story, minus the part of trying to gel a nation split by racial tension.

Tom Davies

Seb Barrett

Seb Barrett

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I’m Seb – born and raised in Cardiff.

I love writing, reading and rugby. The game has taken me across the world, but it always brings me back to Wales.

I’m a former pupil of Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Plasmawr, Fairwater, and graduate of Aberystwyth and Cardiff University.

I’ll be looking at the teams we face in our Pool and I’ll be trying to dissect the performances of the Welsh team and reaction of the Welsh public.

Andy Harrison

Andy Harrison

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I’m a 46-year-old rugby fanatic who has followed Wales home and away since 1979. I live in Manchester with my rugby-loving Irish wife and I have two teenage children and no pets.

We will be travelling to New Zealand via Sydney, where I’ll be running the Sydney 9K bridge run.

Next, we will be arriving in Auckland to meet my brother-in-law and sister-in-law and pick up our camper van for our great adventure.

Then it will be Ireland v Russia and Canada v Japan, but all of this will just be the entree to the main event – Wales v Fiji.

Win that and we are in the quarter-finals where were we could meet Ireland – that should make for a good atmosphere in the van!

I’ll be blogging about our whole adventure

Jim Hughes

Jim Hughes

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I’m originally from Llandudno in North Wales but now live in Scarborough in North Yorkshire. I am 59 (will be 60 the day we beat Samoa!)

My wife Betsy will be my travelling companion (as she always is on rugby trips). When I am not watching rugby I play golf locally – I did play all over Wales in my junior days, with Penarth being one of my favourite courses.

I have been planning the trip to RWC for the last two years and will be out there for all games to include quarter-finals and the moving to Australia for a three-week holiday.

I’ll blog about things we will be doing, pre-match entertainment and post-match celebrations.

Tzevai Chong

Tzevai Chong

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I’m a former youth rugby player and footballer who retired at the age of 24 due to bad knees.

Instead of playing I now run my own sports blog called Dodgy Knees and Dirty Balls where I (and anyone else who feels like it) can rant and rave about those lucky people who do still play.

I’m a Cardiff Blues and Wales fan (for my sins!).

Throughout the World Cup I’ll be providing a light-hearted (but detailed) analysis of the Wales teams efforts along with a look at some of the ‘smaller’ nations looking to create an upset. You can follow me on Twitter throughout the tournament for bonus World Cup opinions.

Lauren Murphy

Lauren Murphy

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I’m Lauren – born on the Wirral but with a healthy dose of hiraeth.

I love my rugby to come with a bit of a giggle on the side (Sadly, when you’re supporting Wales and the Ospreys, you sometimes need that sense of humour to get you through the full 80!). Over the next eight weeks, I’ll be blogging about the slightly left of centre elements of the festivities down in New zealand, be that something that’s amused me during play or the latest promo faux pax. I’ll be on hand to bring as many smiles as I can.

Mark Kensett

Mark Kensett

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My name is Mark Kensett, most people know me as Kenz or Kenzo and I’m an expat living and working in Singapore for the past four years in the oil & gas industry.

Originally from Rhoose, I played most of my adult rugby at LLantwit Major RFC. This will be the first World Cup I’ve been to since the 1999 tournament held in Cardiff (hopefully we won’t have a repeat of the Samoa result!) and the first World Cup for the old man. Firstly, and most importantly I’d like to thank my wife Nia for letting me go on the trip.

My father (Ray) and I will be setting off for an 11-day trip to the World Cup this September and I’ll hopefully be able to share our experiences as we travel the length of the North island seeing some of the sites, pubs and also trying to get the old man to throw himself off a bridge with a rubber band around his ankles!.

First stop will be Wellington for the SA match, before a nice eight-hour drive up to Hamilton where we will get to see NZ against Japan, then a quick trip to Auckland to watch Ireland against Australia before finally heading back to Hamilton for the dreaded Samoa game!

Jamie Powell

Jamie Powell

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I am a 32-year- old Wales supporter who lives in east Sussex. I’ll be blogging about Wales’ team selection and performances as well as some other games.

Dragon Breath

Dragon Breath

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