First National Bank of Botswana Limited (FNBB.bw) HY2019 Interim Report

first_imgFirst National Bank of Botswana Limited (FNBB.bw) listed on the Botswana Stock Exchange under the Banking sector has released it’s 2019 interim results for the half year.For more information about First National Bank of Botswana Limited (FNBB.bw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the First National Bank of Botswana Limited (FNBB.bw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: First National Bank of Botswana Limited (FNBB.bw)  2019 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileFirst National Bank of Botswana Limited is a financial services institution providing products and solutions for personal, business and private clients in Botswana. Its personal banking division offers the standard range of transaction products as well as student accounts, overdrafts and loans and online banking products. The business banking division offers additional services such as purchase order finance, premium credit facilities and commercial property loans. First National Bank of Botswana also provides agricultural solutions, farming enterprise finance, business investment solutions and farm risk insurance finance along with solutions for payments, funding, cash management services to the public sector, and treasury and trade services. The private banking division offers wealth and advisory services, and structured lending services. The banking group facilitates its banking services through the Pick n Pay franchise with a sales and service channel called FNBB Kiosk. First National Bank of Botswana Limited is a subsidiary of First National Bank Holdings (Botswana) Limited.last_img read more

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Flour Mills Nigeria PLC (FLOURM.ng) Q32019 Interim Report

first_imgFlour Mills Nigeria PLC (FLOURM.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Food sector has released it’s 2019 interim results for the third quarter.For more information about Flour Mills Nigeria PLC (FLOURM.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Flour Mills Nigeria PLC (FLOURM.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Flour Mills Nigeria PLC (FLOURM.ng)  2019 interim results for the third quarter.Company ProfileFlour Mills Nigeria Plc is a flour milling company in Nigeria with business interests in food production, packaging, agricultural industries, port operations and logistics and real estate. The company manufactures and sells past, noodle, edible oil and refined sugar as well as livestock feeds; supplies fertiliser; manufactures and markets laminated woven polypropylene sacks and flexible packing material; and grows and processes sugar cane, oil palm, fresh tropical fruit, poultry and cassava. Business interests in ports operations and logistics include operating Terminal A and B at the Apapa port and offering customs clearing, forwarding and shipping agents and logistics services. Flour Mills Nigeria Plc owns and manages real estate in Nigeria. The company is a subsidiary of Excelsior Shipping Company Limited. Its head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Flour Mills Nigeria Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

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First Capital Bank Limited (FCA.zw) HY2019 Interim Report

first_imgFirst Capital Bank Limited (FCA.zw) listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange under the Banking sector has released it’s 2019 interim results for the half year.For more information about First Capital Bank Limited (FCA.zw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the First Capital Bank Limited (FCA.zw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: First Capital Bank Limited (FCA.zw)  2019 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileFirst Capital Bank Limited (formerly Barclays Bank of Zimbabwe) was founded in 1912 and is an iconic institution in the local banking sector; operating across the full spectrum of retail and business banking, and corporate and investment banking with 38 branches nationwide. In addition to mainstream financial products, First Capital Bank offers motor, home, travel, business and personal insurance services. After more than a century operating under its parent company, Barclays plc has sold its majority stake in Barclays Bank of Zimbabwe to FMB Capital Holdings, the Mauritius based holding company, that has banking operations in Botswana, Malawi, Mozambique and Zambia. FMB Capital Holdings is listed on the Malawi Stock Exchange. First Capital Bank Limited is listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchangelast_img read more

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Honeywell Flour Mills Plc (HONYFL.ng) Q32020 Interim Report

first_imgHoneywell Flour Mills Plc (HONYFL.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Food sector has released it’s 2020 interim results for the third quarter.For more information about Honeywell Flour Mills Plc (HONYFL.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Honeywell Flour Mills Plc (HONYFL.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Honeywell Flour Mills Plc (HONYFL.ng)  2020 interim results for the third quarter.Company ProfileHoneywell Flour Mills Plc is a flour milling company in Nigeria and manufactures and markets wheat-based products which includes flour, semolina, wheat meal, brown flour, pasta and noodles. The company markets it products under the Honeywell brand name. Formerly known as Gateway Honeywell Flour Mills Limited, the company changed its name to Honeywell Flour Mills Plc in 1995. The company is a subsidiary of Siloam Global Services Limited. Its head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Honeywell Flour Mills Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

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Copperbelt Energy Corporation Plc (CEC.zm) 2020 Abridged Report

first_imgCopperbelt Energy Corporation Plc (CEC.zm) listed on the Lusaka Securities Exchange under the Energy sector has released it’s 2020 abridged results.For more information about Copperbelt Energy Corporation Plc (CEC.zm) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Copperbelt Energy Corporation Plc (CEC.zm) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Copperbelt Energy Corporation Plc (CEC.zm)  2020 abridged results.Company ProfileThe Copperbelt Energy Corporation Plc (CEC), a member of the SAPP and listed on the Lusaka Securities Exchange, is a Zambian incorporated power transmission, generation, distribution and supply company and a major developer of energy infrastructure in Africa, respected for its skills in designing and operating transmission systems. CEC owns, operates and maintains power transmission, generation and distribution assets servicing customers in Zambia and the DRC, and is one of the largest international power traders in the region.last_img read more

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How I’d invest £5k in the stock market crash

first_img Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Enter Your Email Address The current stock market crash has come as a major shock to many investors. However, it has also thrown up some incredible bargains, provided you are willing to invest for the long term, and let the recovery bed in.Now could be a good time to invest a lump sum, such as £5,000 in a Stocks and Shares ISA. The same advice could just as easily apply to £1k, £2k, £10k, or £20k.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…As the coronavirus outbreak hammers share prices, many stocks on the FTSE 100 now look incredibly cheap by conventional standards. You have to tread carefully, though, because some may have suffered lasting damage. I would be wary of travel stocks such as cruise operator Carnival, for example, or tour operator TUI AG.Stock market crash winners and losersThe travel sector is right on the front line of the slowdown, and while shares there could turn out to be amazing bargains, you’d need nerves of steel to buy them today.You might prefer to focus on defensive companies, ones that provide basic services people still need in a lockdown, including gas and electricity, or food and other household goods. I think water company United Utilities Group and pipes and wires transmissions group National Grid look solid buys, as demand for their services holds up, and government-regulated profits provide stability. Right now they yield 4.69% and 5.13% respectively, offering relative dividend solidity.Grocery chain Tesco and home delivery specialist Ocado Group have also held firm in the stock market crash, because people still need to eat.Top FTSE 100 opportunitiesSo has household goods firm Unilever. It has avoided the worst of the crash, yet trades at 17.45 times earnings, which counts as a bargain valuation by its high standards. For years, it has hovered around 24 times. It’s the same story for rival Reckitt Benckiser Group, which trades at 17.5 times earnings. Both look tempting to me today.Housebuilders Barratt Developments and Persimmon have downed tools and scrapped their dividends, but the UK housing market is resilient, and they could spearhead the recovery, when it comes.Don’t waste your Stocks and Shares ISAAnother way to take advantage of the stock market crash is to buy the entire FTSE 100 or FTSE All-Share, through a low-cost tracker fund, inside a Stocks and Shares ISA. The advantage of this is that you do not have to pick out individual stocks or sectors, but can spread your risk across a broad range of companies.If I was investing £5k right now, a combination of two or three individual stocks, plus a tracker, might work best.Remember to use your Stocks and Shares ISA allowance before this year’s deadline of 5 April, otherwise you have lost it for good. Personally, I would shun the Cash ISA. Interest rates are falling to ever lower levels, while many top FTSE stocks continue to yield 5%. Plus you will also get capital growth when their share prices finally recover. Harvey Jones | Sunday, 29th March, 2020 Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. Image source: Getty Images. center_img Harvey Jones has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK owns shares of and has recommended Unilever. The Motley Fool UK has recommended Carnival and Tesco. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. How I’d invest £5k in the stock market crash “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares See all posts by Harvey Joneslast_img read more

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2 cheap shares I’d buy following Pfizer’s vaccine breakthrough

first_img Click here to claim your copy of this special investment report — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top Small-Cap Stock… free of charge! Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. The market soared in Monday afternoon trading as Pfizer announced results from its Covid-19 vaccine trial. These proved to be extremely promising and offer a route to re-opening the world economy. This is particularly positive for the UK, where the country has just entered lockdown for the second time – the vaccine announcement has injected optimism around future trading for many shares. Even after the 5% Footsie surge on Monday, I still believe the market has further to go to price in fully the significance of the new vaccine. The UK market is full of promising cheap shares at present, many of whom I believe are seriously undervalued.Hollywood Bowl offers plenty of potentialThe first cheap share I’m interested in buying more of is Hollywood Bowl (LSE:BOWL). I believe there is much appeal to Hollywood Bowl at current levels as the leading bowling alley operator in the UK. The company is desperate for some way out of this pandemic and the new vaccine may have just provided that.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…Even after the recent c.45% surge in share price, shares still stand down around 35% since late February. Prior to the pandemic, Hollywood Bowl was performing very well and delivered increasingly strong financial results. Full year 2019 revenues had increased 7.8% year-on-year and profit before tax was up 15% to £27 million. The company had even taken action to trim its already low debt by 15% to £2.1 million.It was no surprise, then, to see that Hollywood Bowl’s share price was hitting all-time highs before Covid gripped the market. I believe there is still a strong market position for the company in the post-Covid world, where consumers will be seeking post-lockdown entertainment. With a historic P/E of just 10, I believe Hollywood Bowl is an attractive cheap share for the post-vaccine world, and am pleased to see that my Foolish colleague Roland Head agrees.Why Everyman looks like a cheap shareThe other share on my list is the niche cinema chain Everyman Media Group (LSE:EMAN). Everyman has a fascinating business model with a fresh, revolutionary offering. The cinema chain places a focus on quality of experience in each of its venues and therefore charges a higher price for tickets. Everyman wants to curate this experience for cinema-goers through a greater emphasis on comfort and quality of food and drink to attract a higher spending up-market clientele.Like Hollywood Bowl, Everyman was performing well before the pandemic, steadily growing both its top and bottom line with a programme of new cinema roll-outs. Due to the pandemic, the cinema industry was one of the hardest hit – but this has put Everyman at a favourable valuation currently. Even through the pandemic, I favoured Everyman as it has fewer cinemas and is therefore far more versatile than peers such as Cineworld that have higher fixed costs.Unlike Cineworld, Everyman only closed its cinemas when forced to do so by government guidelines. The new vaccine promise has given Everyman shares relief, surging around 35% from their recent lows. However, even after this rise, I believe Everyman is a cheap share at current levels. Whilst the P/E is higher than Hollywood Bowl’s, this a high-growth, exciting, niche-focused firm. I believe Everyman’s historic P/E of less than 40 is cheap, particularly with the strong vaccine potential. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Noah Riley owns shares in Hollywood Bowl and Everyman Media Group. The Motley Fool UK has recommended Hollywood Bowl. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. See all posts by Noah Riley Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. 2 cheap shares I’d buy following Pfizer’s vaccine breakthroughcenter_img Noah Riley | Wednesday, 11th November, 2020 | More on: BOWL EMAN The high-calibre small-cap stock flying under the City’s radar Enter Your Email Address Image source: Getty Images I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. Adventurous investors like you won’t want to miss out on what could be a truly astonishing opportunity…You see, over the past three years, this AIM-listed company has been quietly powering ahead… rewarding its shareholders with generous share price growth thanks to a carefully orchestrated ‘buy and build’ strategy.And with a first-class management team at the helm, a proven, well-executed business model, plus market-leading positions in high-margin, niche products… our analysts believe there’s still plenty more potential growth in the pipeline.Here’s your chance to discover exactly what has got our Motley Fool UK investment team all hot-under-the-collar about this tiny £350+ million enterprise… inside a specially prepared free investment report.But here’s the really exciting part… right now, we believe many UK investors have quite simply never heard of this company before!last_img read more

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Stock market recovery: 2 FTSE 100 British stocks I’d buy for my ISA in December

first_img Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! The Stocks and Shares ISA allowance of £20,000 runs through to the beginning of April 2021. So if you still haven’t fully used it, you still have time in December to buy some stocks before the deadline next year. The ISA acts as a wrapper to shelter gains in stock investments from having to pay capital gains tax. Given the recent stock market recovery, there are plenty of FTSE 100 British stocks that I’ve got on my watchlist as potential buys. The recovery has shown some businesses are undervalued, and still others that it might be worth me avoiding!Property market recoveryIn my opinion, British Land (LSE: BLND) could continue to perform well in December and beyond. The share price is up almost 30% over the past three months as property prices have bounced higher. To understand the correlation, it’s key to understand what British Land does. It’s a holding company for lots of properties owned around the UK. This is split between corporate offices, retail and personal housing, and again a mix between generating rental income and underlying property value growth. 5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…British Land hasn’t had the easiest of years, noted only last month with the business having to reduce the value of the portfolio by £1bn (it had been valued at £11.9bn last year). This was blamed on falling rental income as many office workers did their work fully from home and retail also struggled. The value write-down has been offset by the improving property market in general. The latest Nationwide survey reported that annual house price growth stood at 5.8% as of October. With the stock market recovery, I still think British Land could have further room to run higher. Should the UK agree a deal with the EU over the next few weeks, stocks should continue to rally. The property market could see a further boost from foreign investors piling back into housing. This would likely increase the value of the British Land portfolio.Returning to growthThe Burberry (LSE:BRBY) half-year report (to the end of September) was nothing to write home about. Operating profit fell 75%, due to the impact of consumer spending from the coronavirus. You could argue that some recent share price rises have been from the broader stock market recovery. But investors must be seeing some value for the share price to be up over 26% in the past month.The main driver I’m seeing here is that if you go deeper into the details, Burberry is actually turning the corner. Comparable stores sales were down 45% in Q1, then down 6% in Q2, and are expected to post a positive number from Q3. The business also said it’s in a strong liquidity position. The £300m drawdown of funds from bank credit lines at the start of the year has now been fully repaid. Yes, the half-year report doesn’t look good on the surface (and the full-year report probably won’t either). But I think Burberry could be a buy for December onwards. When you look at the business in more granular detail, I think the worst of the pandemic impact has past. Jonathan Smith | Wednesday, 2nd December, 2020 | More on: BLND BRBY Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Enter Your Email Address Stock market recovery: 2 FTSE 100 British stocks I’d buy for my ISA in December Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Sharescenter_img jonathansmith1 has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has recommended British Land Co and Burberry. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. 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How I’d protect my financial future with a passive income from dividend shares

first_img “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. Kirsteen Mackay | Thursday, 31st December, 2020 See all posts by Kirsteen Mackay Enter Your Email Address I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee.center_img With all the unexpected changes we’ve experienced in 2020, securing our financial futures has become an ever more important endeavour. Financially speaking, so many of us live life in the moment, never thinking much further ahead than the end of the month. This is all fine when the bills are being met and life’s ticking along, but it’s a disaster waiting to happen when circumstances change for the worse. For those with a little extra cash to spare each month, I think the stock market is a great place to invest for the future. And with dividend shares, I can even generate a passive income.Is now a good time to invest?Billionaire investor Warren Buffett says we should be greedy when others are fearful. What he means by this is that there are great stock bargains to be found when the majority are panic-selling. Buying shares in a downturn and holding them until positive sentiment returns is a method that’s made many millionaires. That’s one reason I think it’s a good time to start investing in the stock market.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…By putting money into the stock market, I’m able to grow my income and build wealth to protect my financial future. The key is to choose quality companies with a history of paying a dividend yield and a promising future outlook. Of course, with many quality companies suffering and dividends being cut, this is slightly harder in the current climate.Choosing dividend sharesWith the future still relatively unknown, stock picking becomes trickier. Nevertheless, I don’t think we should write it off as a bad idea. The FTSE 100 and FTSE 250 contain many fantastic UK companies. And I’m sure plenty of them will see their share prices soar in the coming five to 10 years (and possibly sooner if the world can get back to normal this year). By weighing a company’s strengths and weaknesses, I can make an informed decision and buy shares with confidence.While the recent resurgence in Covid-19 cases has caused more restrictions, we need to remember the vaccine rollout is happening. This is so important because it provides hope in a time of anxiety. But asides from this, Britons have proved themselves to be very resilient and quick to adapt to change. As have UK businesses. The Office for National Statistics reported that November retail sales suffered less than expected during the second English lockdown. This is encouraging and gives hope that we’ll return to a new form of normality later in 2021.With a passive income in mindTo protect my financial future, I’m researching stocks and making a list of great companies to buy in the coming months. To help build a passive income, those with a dividend yield or the likelihood of a dividend comeback are at the top.When I consider a company’s future, I’m thinking five years ahead at a minimum. I want to generate a passive income, while building capital gains for a nest egg.As an example, if I invest £250 a month, at an effective annual interest rate of 6% for 35 years, I can look forward to a substantial return of over £345k. Dividend shares help with compounding and boosting the annual rate of return. I like Buffett’s buy-and-hold approach to investing and think it’s a great way to get started.  How I’d protect my financial future with a passive income from dividend shares Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Image source: Getty Images. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shareslast_img read more

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Warren Gatland reviews his World Cup

first_imgFind a newsagent that sells Rugby World in the UK. Or you may prefer the digital edition on your MAC, PC, or iPad. 62,000 Wales fans watched the RWC Semi-Final at the Millenium StadiumIt would be easy to look back on the World Cup in a negative way and think about what could have been, but we’ve got to be positive. It’s more important to look at what we did achieve.We came out of a tough group and finished fourth in the World Cup, we scored lots of tries and defended well. That’s more important than looking back at the sending-off (of Sam Warburton in the semi-final) and whether it was the right decision and thinking about what could have been. We were down for a couple of days, but you have to move on.We’ve put a bit of pride back into Welsh rugby. A lot of people in Wales are proud of the way the team performed on and off the field, and we also came to New Zealand and earned respect. They respect us for the rugby we played and character we showed.There’s a great blend in the group and the young guys are irrepressible. We now have the best mix of a team since I’ve been with Wales. There’s experience and youth, size, speed and agility, our set-piece has generally been good, and in seven games we only conceded seven tries. It’s all really encouraging and we’re trying to play positive rugby – that’s the type of rugby we want to play.Gethin Jenkins really impressed me as an older statesman; he’s fantastic. Our young loose forward trio was outstanding and we found another quality ten in Rhys Priestland. He grabbed his chance with both hands and it’s a shame he wasn’t available for our last two games. His decision-making is great and it was almost easier for him being in New Zealand. In Wales there’s a daily debate about who should be selected, should the coaches do this or that. That can be hard for young players to deal with. In New Zealand he could slip under the radar.It’s now time to start thinking about the future. Wales has a small player base so we’ve got to start thinking about what group of players will be here in 2015 and create strength in depth. Will I use the same process of the last four years? I’ll have to have a hard debate with myself about that because I’ve had a lot of criticism.I’ve made changes to play Italy, Samoa and Fiji looking at the long term, and then been criticised about our points difference in the Six Nations or our performances not being good enough. I believe in my own convictions and I think the World Cup does vindicate what I’ve done, but do I want to go through it all again for the next four years? I probably will because I’m stubborn and it’s about getting a group who’ve got experience by 2015, but sometimes it’s not the easiest thing to cop the criticism.The fact 62,000 people turned up to watch the semi-final on TV at the Millennium Stadium is unbelievable. The support we’ve had is phenomenal and it’s good to be able to play in front of them so soon with the Australia match on 3 December. Would you like to sign up to Rugby World’s excellent weekly email newsletter? Click here. For Back Issues Contact John Denton Services at 01733-385-170 visitcenter_img This article appeared in the December 2011 issue of Rugby World Magazine. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALSlast_img read more

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