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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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Italy 11-13 Ireland, Six Nations, Stadio Flaminio, February 5
Feb 5, 2011:  With a swing of his trusty boot, Ronan O'Gara may have kick-started the pulse of Ireland's old guard for one last charge
Wales 19-26 England, Six Nations, Millennium Stadium, February 4
Feb 4, 2011:  England defeated Wales 26-19 at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff on Friday to get their Six Nations campaign off to a flying start
Oxford 21-10 Cambridge, Varsity Match, Twickenham
Dec 9, 2010:  Oxford returned to winning ways in the Varsity Match with a 21-10 victory over Cambridge in the 129th meeting of the two sides at Twickenham
France 16-59 Australia, Stade de France, November 27
Nov 27, 2010:  The Wallabies have had their critics in the wake of their loss to England at Twickenham, and their deficiencies at the scrum are plain for all to see, but their backline is currently world rugby's premier attraction
Scotland 19-16 Samoa, Pittodrie, November 27
Nov 27, 2010:  Scotland head coach Andy Robinson was quick to express his relief after his side's last-gasp 19-16 victory over Samoa at Pittodrie on Saturday but felt that his side had deserved to win the game
England v South Africa, Twickenham, November 27
Nov 25, 2010:  South Africa's Bakkies Botha is determined to ensure the most difficult year of his celebrated career ends on a positive note with victory over England at Twickenham on Saturday
Ireland 18-38 New Zealand, Aviva Stadium, November 20
Nov 20, 2010:  New Zealand closed in on yet another Grand Slam tour with a comprehensive 38-18 victory over Ireland in their clash at Lansdowne Road in Dublin
Scotland 21-17 South Africa, Murrayfield, November 20
Nov 20, 2010:  Scotland ended South Africa's hopes of a first successful Grand Slam tour in 50 years with a gritty 21-17 triumph at Murrayfield on Saturday
Wales 25-29 South Africa, Millennium Stadium, November 13
Nov 13, 2010:  After disappearing down the tunnel at the break two tries to the good, 17-9 up and with over 60% possession, Warren Gatland's side were poised for only a second win over South Africa in their history
Wales 25-29 South Africa, Millennium Stadium, November 13
Nov 13, 2010:  A powerful second-half comeback denied Wales only their second win over South Africa, the Springboks scraping home 29-25 at the Millennium Stadium
Wales 16-25 Australia, Millenium Stadium, November 6
Nov 6, 2010:  Despite a scrummaging performance that plumbed the depths seen against England in Perth five months ago, Australia prevailed at a disturbingly empty Millennium Stadium thanks to the counter-attacking brilliance of their backline
Australia 26-24 New Zealand, Bledisloe Cup, Hong Kong, Oct 30
Oct 30, 2010:  Whether Australia's season becomes defined as a 'tale of two kicks' depends on the success of their season-ending tour, but few can dismiss the strides made by Robbie Deans' side
Australia 26-24 New Zealand, Bledisloe Cup, Hong Kong, Oct 30
Oct 30, 2010:  Australia ended their long hoodoo against the All Blacks with a 26-24 victory at Hong Kong Stadium on Saturday, with Western Force winger James O'Connor converting his own try with the last kick of the game
English Rugby
Sep 30, 2010:  England wing Mark Cueto is relishing the chance to go toe-to-toe with the New Zealand in November
Heineken Cup
Sep 29, 2010:  Lawrence Dallaglio is backing Cardiff as the club who can turn Amlin success into a stepping stone to the big time given Toulon's fiercely competitive group
Northampton 31-10 Bath, Aviva Premiership, September 17
Sep 17, 2010:  Northampton underlined their Aviva Premiership title credentials by routing Bath 31-3 at Franklin's Gardens on Friday night
South Africa 39-41 Australia, Tri-Nations, Bloemfontein
Sep 5, 2010:  "Kurtley Beale's 55-metre shot-to-nothing secured a 41-39 victory that can be filed away with other classic Tri-Nations matches, nestled neatly alongside John Eales' Wellington heroics in 2000." Huw Baines writes
London Irish 33-16 Saracens, Aviva Premiership, September 4
Sep 4, 2010:  London Irish got their Aviva Premiership season off to a flying start with a thrilling 33-16 victory over Saracens in the London Double Header at Twickenham on Saturday
Aviva Premiership
Aug 26, 2010:  The Aviva Premiership season is one week away and there's already little to choose between 12 ambitious clubs. The race for the top is on, as is the battle to beat the drop
South Africa 22-29 New Zealand, Tri-Nations, Johannesburg, August 21
Aug 21, 2010:  After a thrilling victory over South Africa in Soweto, New Zealand can reflect on another entry in the list of classic Test matches while cradling Tri-Nations title number 10 lovingly in their arms
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