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Coleman resolves spat with Collins in public

Wales boss Chris Coleman. Credit: PA

James Collins is set to play a key role in Wales' Euro 2016 campaign but manager Chris Coleman admits he chose Cardiff's busiest shopping centre for peace talks between the pair so things could not turn ugly.

It was not so long ago that the West Ham defender's international career appeared over after player and manager fell out following Collins' withdrawal from a Wales squad.

Collins contradicted Coleman's claim he had turned down the chance to join the squad as a late call-up prior to the World Cup qualifier against Serbia in September 2013 and the pair had a tense public rapprochement in the middle of Cardiff.

We had a coffee in the middle of St David's Shopping Centre so it could not kick off!

There were too many people around so we had to be civil.

We had our spat, but I have known him since he was a kid and always liked him, and when he has been with us he has been right in the middle of everything.

His presence and personality are going to be very important going forward.

– Wales boss Chris Coleman.


Wales storm into 42-13 second half lead

A hat-trick of second half tries from George North has put Wales into a 42-13 lead over Italy after 60 minutes.

George North has been unstoppable for Wales. Credit: PA

The Welsh needed a penalty at the death in the first half to go into the interval 14-13 ahead, but their Italian counterparts have capitulated in the second period.

As things stand, Warren Gatland's side are four points ahead of England in the fight for the Six Nations title.

Wales name side to face Italy in Six Nations

Aaron Jarvis is in. Credit: PA

Wales have made two changes for their vital Six Nations clash with Italy on Saturday. Props Aaron Jarvis and Rob Evans are in the side, replacing injured duo Samson Lee and Gethin Jenkins.

Wales team to play Italy in the RBS 6 Nations Championship in Rome on Saturday:

L Halfpenny (Toulon); G North (Northampton), J Davies (Clermont Auvergne), J Roberts (Racing Metro), L Williams (Scarlets); D Biggar (Ospreys), R Webb (Ospreys); R Evans (Scarlets), S Baldwin (Ospreys), A Jarvis (Ospreys), L Charteris (Racing Metro), A-W Jones (Ospreys), D Lydiate (Ospreys), S Warburton (Cardiff Blues, capt), T Faletau (Newport Gwent Dragons).

Replacements: K Owens (Scarlets), R Gill (Saracens), S Andrews (Cardiff Blues), J Ball (Scarlets), J Tipuric (Ospreys), G Davies (Scarlets), R Priestland (Scarlets), S Williams (Scarlets).

'Military style' critical care service to launch in Wales

Medics who are part of a new "military style" rapid response team in Wales will be able to take blood to casualties in what is a world first.

The multi-agency Emergency Medical Retrieval and Transfer Service (EMRTS) Cymru will launch next month and bring some of medical skills usually used on the battlefield to civilian life.

State-of-the-art Welsh Government-funded vehicles for EMRTS (Cymru). Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

The EMRTS will bring together a new flying doctors service, A&E specialists from the NHS and critical care experts such as advanced nurses and paramedics.

Officials say the team will be able to deal with a wide raft of life-or-death situations including mass casualty events.

Wales' Deputy Minister for Health, Vaughan Gething, said it "will be one of, if not the most, comprehensively equipped pre-hospital teams in the world".

Wales name unchanged side for Ireland clash

Warburton will captain Wales. Credit: PA

Wales head coach Warren Gatland has named an unchanged team for Saturday's RBS 6 Nations showdown against unbeaten title favourites Ireland in Cardiff.

Gatland predictably retains the starting line-up that defeated France 20-13 in Paris 10 days ago, a result that kept alive hopes of Wales landing a third Six Nations crown in four years.

Two injury-enforced changes on the bench, meanwhile, sees uncapped Scarlets prop Rob Evans replacing Bath loosehead Paul James, who suffered a fractured thumb during the France game, while lock Jake Ball takes over from Bradley Davies.

Victory for Wales would see them stay in the title shake-up, but Ireland are chasing a a record 11th successive Test win against all opponents.

  • L Halfpenny (Toulon); G North (Northampton), J Davies (Clermont Auvergne), J Roberts (Racing Metro), L Williams (Scarlets); D Biggar (Ospreys), R Webb (Ospreys); G Jenkins (Cardiff Blues), S Baldwin (Ospreys), S Lee (Scarlets), L Charteris (Racing Metro), A-W Jones (Ospreys), D Lydiate (Ospreys), S Warburton (Cardiff Blues, capt), T Faletau (Newport Gwent Dragons).

  • Replacements: R Hibbard (Gloucester), R Evans (Scarlets), A Jarvis (Ospreys), J Ball (Scarlets), J Tipuric (Ospreys), M Phillips (Racing Metro), R Priestland (Scarlets), S Williams (Scarlets).


Services to be held in memory of Powys car crash victims

Alesha O'Connor and her boyfriend Rhodri Miller were both killed Credit: Dyfed Powys Police/Family photo

Services are to be held today to remember the four victims killed in a car crash in Wales on Friday.

Three 17-year-olds - Rhodri Miller, Corey Price and Alesha O'Connor - and a 68-year-old woman - Margaret Challis - were killed in the collision which took place in Powys as a number of vehicles travelled in convoy.

Ysgol Bro Morgannwg school in Barry, which both boys attended, said on its website there would be services this morning to reflect on what had happened, and an opportunity for pupils to receive further help and support if they need it.

"We will also open a book of remembrance and provide a suitable place to lay flowers in memory of those lost.

"The school would also like to extend an invitation to any former pupils who wish to join us."

The school's headteacher, Dylan Jones, added that both boys were very talented in their own way, Corey in football and Rhodri in science.

He described the situation as "devastating", adding: "It's been a shock to us all, and a number of their friends also are feeling the shock."

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A470 crash: Teenage victims named locally

Corey Price and Rhodri Miller, both 17, died in the collision Credit: Wales News

The teenage victims of Friday's crash on the A470 have been named locally as Corey Price, Rhodri Miller and Alesha O'Connor.

17-year-old Rhodri Miller had recently passed his driving test and was with his girlfriend Alesha and best friend Corey when they crashed into an oncoming car just after 10.15pm.

Two other teenagers travelling in the same car are still in a critical state in hospital.

Margaret Elizabeth Challis, 68, also died in the incident Credit: Dyfed Powys Police/Family Photo

68-year-old Margaret Elizabeth Challis also died in the incident, and the driver of the Golf estate in which she was a passenger remains 'seriously injured' in hospital.

Rhodri and Corey who were both pupils at Ysgol Gyfun Bro Morgannwg in Barry were killed in the collision.

Alesha, who attended St Richard Gwyn Roman Catholic High School, also in Barry, and Mrs Challis from Merthyr Tydfil were rushed to hospital but later died of their injuries.

Floral tribute at Ysgol Gyfun Bro Morgannwg Credit: ITV News\Emily Gadd

Witnesses who arrived at the notorious accident blackspot after the crash, described seeing a car engine lying in the middle of the road.

We are used to incidents on the Beacons because of the shape of the roads but it wasn't until you got close to it that you could see how serious it was. I got out of my car and approached some of the youths walking around. They seemed a bit shocked which is understandable.

– Nigel Shiel, witness

A total of seven male drivers have now been arrested in connection with the incident and have been released on bail.

Police are continuing to investigate.

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Two further arrests after crash which left four people dead

Two more seventeen year old boys have been arrested in connection with a fatal car crash in Powys, mid-Wales.

A pensioner and three teenagers were killed in the smash, which happened on the A470 near the Storey Arms on Friday.

It brings the total number of arrests to seven.

All seven males aged 17 and 18 have been released on bail pending further enquiries.

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