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Welsh environment secretary warns of more flooding

Lesley Griffiths, cabinet secretary for environment and rural affairs in Welsh government. Credit: PA

The cabinet secretary for environment and rural affairs in the Welsh government has warned that rain will continue to affect Wales with "widespread disruption" and flooding.

Lesley Griffiths said: "We have received reports confirming internal flooding to properties in Maesteg, Boverton, Penarth, Barry, Llanmaes and Pontllanfraith.

"There has been widespread disruption across southern Wales with the fire and rescue services having to deal with over 50 flooding incidents over the last two days."

She added that overnight there may be more flooding incidents, but that by Tuesday night the worst of the bad weather should be over, "allowing much improved conditions across Wales during the remainder of the week and weekend".

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Wales suffer blow as Davies ruled out of Australia game

Davies, who has won 56 caps, was ruled out of the Wallabies clash due to a tight hamstring. Credit: PA

Wales suffered a late injury blow ahead of their autumn Test series opener against Australia at the Principality Stadium on Saturday.

British and Irish Lions Test centre Jonathan Davies, who has won 56 caps, was ruled out of the Wallabies clash due to a tight hamstring.

The Welsh Rugby Union confirmed Davies' absence, with his fellow Scarlets centre Scott Williams replacing him.

The 39 times-capped Williams last started for Wales against England at Twickenham in May.

There are no changes to the Welsh replacements' bench, with selected trio Gareth Davies, Sam Davies and Hallam Amos providing back division cover.

Wales have not beaten Australia since 2008, suffering 11 successive defeats since then.

Coleman and Ranieri on FIFA coach of the year shortlist

Chris Coleman (right) guided Wales to the semi-finals of Euro 2016. Credit: PA

Chris Coleman and Claudio Ranieri have been included on the 10-man shortlist for the FIFA men's coach-of-the-year award.

Coleman guided Wales to the semi-finals of Euro 2016 in the summer, while Ranieri oversaw Leicester City's shock surge to the Premier League title last season.

As well as the Foxes' Italian boss, the other names from the English top-flight on the list are Manchester City's Pep Guardiola, Liverpool's Jurgen Klopp and Tottenham's Mauricio Pochettino.

Making up the rest of the shortlist are Fernando Santos, Didier Deschamps, Zinedine Zidane, Diego Simeone and Luis Enrique.

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Ramsey returns to Wales squad for World Cup qualifier

Aaron Ramsey. Credit: PA

Aaron Ramsey is back in the Wales squad after injury for their World Cup qualifier against Serbia in Cardiff next week.

Ramsey played 75 minutes of Arsenal's Champions League victory over Ludogorets on Tuesday night - his first appearance since mid-August following a hamstring injury.

Wales manager Chris Coleman has immediately restored him to the squad for a game that has taken on added significance after Wales' last two qualifiers, against Austria and Georgia, ended in draws.

In-form Stoke midfielder Joe Allen, who missed the Georgia game last month because of a hamstring problem, is also in the squad.

Wales squad: Hennessey (Crystal Palace), Ward (Liverpool), Williams (Inverness); B Davies (Tottenham), J Chester (Aston Villa), J Collins (West Ham), P Dummett (Newcastle), C Gunter (Reading), N Taylor (Swansea), A Williams (Everton); J Allen (Stoke), D Edwards (Wolves), E Huws (Cardiff), A King (Leicester), T Lawrence (Leicester), J Ledley (Crystal Palace), S MacDonald (Wigan), A Ramsey (Arsenal), D Cotterill (Birmingham), J Williams (Crystal Palace); G Bale (Real Madrid), H Robson-Kanu (West Brom), S Vokes (Burnley).

Uncapped Ospreys pair named in Wales Test squad

Sam Davies is in the Wales squad. Credit: PA

Uncapped Ospreys pair Sam Davies and Rory Thornton have been named in a 36-man Wales squad for next month's Tests against Australia, Argentina, Japan and South Africa.

Davies has impressed consistently this season, and is seen in some quarters as a major fly-challenger to Dan Biggar.

Three players - George North, Jamie Roberts and Taulupe Faletau - have been picked as wildcards under the Welsh Rugby Union's new senior player selection policy for players plying their trade outside Wales.

A maximum of three players can be chosen for any one campaign in a season, with Bath fly-half Rhys Priestland the highest profile absentee this time around among a list of seven currently captured by the new procedure.

Bath number eight Faletau is currently injured, but could be available for the latter part of Wales' autumn series, while Toulon full-back Leigh Halfpenny is recalled 13 months after his last game for Wales, which resulted in him suffering a serious knee injury that ruled him out of last season's World Cup and Six Nations.

Wales fixtures:

  • Wales v Australia: Saturday 5th November, Principality Stadium. Kick-off 2.30pm.
  • Wales v Argentina: Saturday 12th November, Principality Stadium. Kick-off 5.30pm.
  • Wales v Japan: Saturday 19th November, Principality Stadium. Kick-off 2.30pm.
  • Wales v South Africa: Saturday 26th November, Principality Stadium. Kick-off 5.30pm.
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