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Huw Baines is a freelance rugby journalist. Raised in the Barbarians' spiritual home, Penarth, his grandfather played for Coventry and his father for Cardiff. His playing highlight in the sport came as the crusading hooker of Dinas Powys Under-9s in 1994. He completed his journalistic training at Cardiff University's School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies.

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Wales tour of Australia
May 24, 2012:  "Lawrence Dallaglio once observed that he would be fitter in the last half an hour than a Welsh opponent. That's not how it works these days." Huw Baines writes
Apr 11, 2012:  "Wasps are on the ropes, having soaked up an unbelievable amount of punishment. Their plea for new investors could be the knockout blow." Huw Baines writes
Fiji 0-66 Wales, Rugby World Cup, October 2, 2011
Oct 2, 2011:  Wales crushed Fiji 66-0 at Waikato Stadium on Sunday
Namibia 81-7 Wales, Rugby World Cup, September 26
Sep 26, 2011:  Centre Scott Williams scored a hat-trick as Wales ran in 12 tries to rout Namibia 81-7 in their Pool D clash at Stadium Taranaki.
Fiji 7-27 Samoa, Rugby World Cup, September 25, 2011
Sep 25, 2011:  Samoa celebrated a 27-7 victory over Pacific rivals Fiji at Eden Park on Sunday
Namibia 0-87 South Africa, Rugby World Cup, September 22
Sep 22, 2011:  Bryan Habana etched his name into the record books as South Africa took another step towards the Rugby World Cup quarter-finals with a comprehensive 87-0 win over Pool D minnows Namibia at North Harbour Stadium on Thursday night
New Zealand v Tonga, Rugby World Cup, September 9, 2011
Sep 9, 2011:  New Zealand got the Rugby World Cup underway in fine fashion with a 41-10 victory over Tonga at Eden Park on Friday, wrapping up a bonus-point thanks to a thrilling first-half onslaught
Rugby World Cup 2011
Sep 3, 2011:  Upon further reflection, Richie McCaw will hope that the rain avoids any further parades during the Rugby World Cup
Rugby World Cup
Aug 11, 2011:  It's one of the oldest tales in the book - the passing of the baton between the grizzled veteran and precocious youngster
Australia 39-20 South Africa, Tri-Nations, July 23
Jul 23, 2011:  "Perhaps they can call last weekend's loss to Samoa a pit-stop, or false start, because the Wallabies appear to be picking up speed on the road to the Rugby World Cup." Huw Baines writes
France 28-9 Wales, Six Nations, Stade de France, March 19
Mar 19, 2011:  After the thrills dished out by Ireland in Dublin, this year's Six Nations was perhaps destined to end with a whimper as Wales took on an under-pressure France in Paris
Scotland 21-8 Italy, Six Nations, Murrayfield, March 19
Mar 19, 2011:  Casting your mind back to Scotland's last try at Murrayfield is a taxing pursuit. It was after the end of the last ice age, but before the invention of the wheel, right?
Wales 19-13 Ireland, Six Nations, Millennium Stadium, March 12
Mar 12, 2011:  Those frequenting the Millennium Stadium in early March traditionally favour a diet of champagne rugby, but on Saturday they gleefully devoured a meat and potatoes display from Wales
Aviva Premiership
Mar 4, 2011:  Exeter No.8 Richard Baxter has praised the club's structures following their successful start to life in the Premiership
Six Nations
Mar 2, 2011:  Wales have bagged two wins in their last two starts and a tie against their perennial rivals Ireland looms large on the horizon, but a complete performance continues to elude Warren Gatland's men
Italy 16-24 Wales, Six Nations, Stadio Flaminio, February 26
Feb 26, 2011:  "Wales are two from two, which is an unfamiliar position for Warren Gatland's men given their recent trials and tribulations." Huw Baines writes
Rugby World Cup Countdown
Feb 18, 2011:  "Imagine a world competition where Romania have been crowned champions and where New Zealand have won the prize 15 times since 1987." Huw Baines writes
Six Nations
Feb 16, 2011:  Ieuan Evans believes that Wales must tighten up their kicking game if they are to avoid the wrath of world rugby's finest back-threes and build on last weekend's watershed victory over Scotland
Scotland 6-24 Wales, Six Nations, Murrayfield, February 12
Feb 12, 2011:  "The next time you pick up a newspaper to read about Wales, there will not be mention of their ongoing losing streak." Huw Baines writes
England v Italy, Six Nations, Twickenham, February 12
Feb 10, 2011:  Hailed this week as 'near enough the complete forward for the modern game' by England coach John Wells, Tom Palmer has blossomed since his move to Stade Francais
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