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Ian Herbert

Ian Herbert is Chief Sportswriter at The Independent.

Why the Welsh game's lifeblood is running dry

Economic decline and the professional era have combined to devastate the once thriving heart of Welsh club rugby – and the national side’s success under Warren Gatland is only sugar-coating the grim reality. Ian Herbert reports from the Valleys

How Steven Gerrard held power in the corridors of Anfield

In a new autobiography, the midfielder lifts the lid on his role as a mediator who kept Luis Suarez out of Arsenal's clutches and a go-between who tried to recruit stars by text - and his unease at some of Brendan Rodgers' tactics

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