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Wales squad announced for Autumn Series

Wales coach Warren Gatland has named a 34-man squad for the forthcoming Autumn Series.

Forwards:

  • Gethin Jenkins
  • Paul James
  • Nicky Smith
  • Richard Hibbard
  • Emyr Phillips
  • Scott Baldwin
  • Aaron Jarvis
  • Samson Lee
  • Rhodri Jones
  • Alun Wyn Jones
  • Jake Ball
  • Bradley Davies
  • Luke Charteris
  • Dan Lydiate
  • James King
  • Sam Warburton (Captain
  • Justin Tipuric
  • Dan Baker
  • Taulupe Faletau

Backs:

  • Mike Phillips
  • Rhys Webb
  • Rhodri Williams
  • Dan Biggar
  • Rhys Priestland
  • Cory Allen
  • James Roberts
  • Jonathan Davies
  • Scott Williams
  • Hallam Amos
  • Alex Cuthbert
  • George North
  • Tom Prydie
  • Leigh Halfpenny
  • Liam Williams

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Fire crews attacked every week in Wales

Figures out today show fire crews in Wales are attacked every week with more than 250 physical and verbal attacks since 2009-10.

These attacks include firefighters being spat at, having bricks, bottles and other objects hurled at them and being punched, kicked and harassed.

Bonfire night often sees an increase in the number of attacks Credit: PA

A Freedom of Information request to the three Welsh fire services found there have been 58 attacks in North Wales and 64 in Mid and West Wales.

South Wales Fire and Rescue service recorded the most with 129 including 66 counts of objects thrown at firefighters and equipment.

"The issue of attacks on firefighters is something the FBU has campaigned on for many years and we welcome calls for a zero tolerance attitude. Attacks on firefighters are not only unwarranted but dangerous."

– Cerith Griffiths, secretary of the FBU in Wales

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Remains of Hurricane Gonzalo sweep in

A severe weather warning is in place until 6pm. Credit: Ralf Hirschberger/dpa

Commuters on their way to work or school face a grim journey this morning as the remains of Hurricane Gonzalo sweeps into Wales.

The North is expected to be worst hit with travel disruption possible.

In Holyhead there's a Force 9 gale blowing. That means winds over 50 miles an hour. Capel Curig in Snowdonia has hit 65.

There's a yellow warning of wind across much of Wales. The Met Office is predicting storm force winds on exposed coasts.

There are reports of trees being blown down in Pembrokeshire, Powys and on Anglesey.

One lane has been closed in both directions on the Severn Bridge and there's a speed limit on the Britannia Bridge.

Irish Ferries has cancelled some services between Holyhead and Dublin.

Meanwhile flooding means there are no trains running between Blaenau Ffestiniog and North Llanrwst.

'Hundreds of animals dumped like rubbish' warns RSPCA

RSPCA staff and volunteers say they have seen an alarming increase in the number of animals being abandoned across Wales.

In Wales alone the charity has been called out to deal with 2,427 reports of abandoned animals this year.

It's expected this number will increase dramatically as pet owners go away for Christmas or spend money on presents instead of vet bills.

These kittens were abandoned in Grangetown, Cardiff Credit: RSPCA

One case of animals being ‘thrown away’ was when two puppies were dumped in a box in Flintshire at only three-weeks old.

It's believed the white and black Staffie cross pups died after being dumped in a box on an embankment near the McDonalds restaurant on St Asaph Road.

“The shocking fact is that even in a nation of animal lovers, there are thousands of people out there who don’t care about their pets at all. In fact, some literally treat them like rubbish."

“It’s bad enough when we find a box of kittens wrapped in blankets on our doorstep with a note, but now people are deliberately dumping their animals in out of the way places - like bins, skips or on waste ground - and leaving them to die.”

– Martyn Hubbard, RSPCA Wales

Gatland set to name Wales Autumn squad

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Warren Gatland is set to announce his squad for the upcoming Autumn series later today.

Wales face South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and Fiji over the four game series which begins at the Millennium Stadium on November 8th.

Gatland is likely to turn to the trusted core of Welsh rugby for the majority of his squad but could also hand opportunities to some of the up and coming talent that has impressed over the opening weeks of the Guinness Pro 12 season.

While they will undoubtably feature in the wider squad selection Gatland will have difficult decisions to make when it comes to finalising his starting fifteen in three weeks time with several of his French and English based players struggling for game time at their respective clubs.

Full back Leigh Halfpenny has also only recently rejoined his Toulon team-mates following an extended injury break meaning he will have featured in just two games prior to the squad being named at 1100 Tuesday.

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