Description - The Resurrection Men by Paul Rees
Wales were written off as no-hopers at the start of the 2008 Six Nations. They had failed to reach the World Cup quarter-finals the previous October and had reacted by appointing their 13th coach in 19 years, New Zealander Warren Gatland. n the opening weekend, success appeared unlikely when they trailed World Cup finalists England at Twickenham by ten points at half-time. Their second-half comeback, to earn their first victory at the ground for 20 years, set them on their way, and there was no looking back. In a blistering campaign, they set a new Six Nations record by conceding just two tries in their five matches. he Resurrection Men looks back over the glorious 2008 tournament but also examines the reasons why the foundations laid by Gatland look more secure than those established by Mike Ruddock before his controversial departure from the role less than a year after the side s last Grand Slam triumph in 2005. ales imploded after Ruddock left, winning only one match in each of the 2006 and 2007 campaigns. His successor Gareth Jenkins asked to be judged on the team s performance in the World Cup. And he was, sacked hours after the defeat to Fiji which meant that, for the th
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Author Biography - Paul Rees
Paul Rees writes on rugby for The Guardian. He has reported on Wales since 1986 and is the co-author of Allan Bateman- There and Back Again, Life At Number 10- Neil Jenkins - An Autobiography and Grand Slam! Year of the Dragon.