Paul Rees

About Paul Rees

Paul Rees was born in Cardiff and has been a full-time writer on rugby union since 1986, first for the South Wales Echo, then Wales and Sunday and, from 2001, the Guardian and the Observer, having contributed to the former on a freelance basis since 1988.

He has covered every World Cup since 1991 and five Lions tours. When time allows, he also write on cricket, mainly Glamorgan. And away from work, he a season-ticket holder at Arsenal, watching them home and away, including the European Champions League final against Barcelona in Paris in 2006.

Paul Rees's latest articles

Heineken Cup Final Preview - A Splash of Panache is Required

The all French final will see few Frenchmen compete for Europe’s premier club trophy. Paul Rees analyses how the final will likely play out

The Fickleness of Fate

Chris Robshaw isn’t going to Australia with the Lions, Sam Warburton is and as captain. Before the Six Nations finale, the story looked very different.

What Price Two All French Finals

Paul Rees expects that the new increase to the French salary cap will create an even bigger gap between the haves and have-nots of European rugby

Wales alone wouldn't beat the Wallabies

Wales may have won the Six Nations but recent history has shown that they alone won’t have enough to beat the Wallabies.

Wales's Defence put to the Test in Cardiff

Expect low risk rugby in this weekend’s Six Nations decider as both sides are likely to attmept to defend their way to victory

France and Ireland leaders are on trial

Phiippe Saint-Andre’s inflexibilty over substitutions expose his tactical limitations as a coach.

England’s fitness will win a close match

Paul Rees argues that this England side is the best since Clive Woodward’s squad won the 2003 World Cup

Ireland’s dark horses may prove too strong for England’s young colts

England start favourites but their relative youth may make life difficult on the road, particularly when they travel to Dublin, a city where they have struggled in recent years

Is the Heineken Cup Becoming a Two Horse Race?

2012/13 doesn’t look like it’ll be a tournament that will live long in the memories of Heineken Cup fans. Paul Rees looks at why that is.

Much to ponder for Gatland as Aus looms

England rising, a captain conundrum and a Welsh team on the ropes, mean that Gatland might well be looking forward to his sabbatical