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Australia's Hooper facing disciplinary over alleged foul play

Hooper faces a disciplinary tomorrow. Credit: AAP Image/Paul Miller

Australia flanker Michael Hooper could miss this weekend's Pool A decider against Wales, after being cited for alleged foul play during his team's 33-13 victory over England on Saturday.

Independent citing commissioner Steve Hinds reported Hooper for allegedly 'charging into a ruck or maul without use of the arms or grasping the player.' The alleged incident happened just before half-time when Hooper challenged England full-back Mike Brown.

Sanctions for charging range from a two-week ban to 10 weeks for a top-end offence. If he's suspended, Hooper will miss Saturday's game against Wales at Twickenham and could miss the quarter-finals.

A disciplinary hearing will be held in London tomorrow.


Gatland sorry as England's World Cup dream ends

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Wales boss Warren Gatland has condemned the "ridiculous" decision to draw the 2015 World Cup pools almost three years ago.

England became the biggest group stage casualties in World Cup history, on the back of successive Twickenham defeats against Wales and Australia.

And Gatland, whose squad arrived in Weybridge on Sunday evening ahead of next weekend's Pool A decider against Australia, did not hold back.

Everyone is making a thing about the first home country to hold a World Cup to miss out on the quarter-finals, but the stupid thing, as we all know, is why was the World Cup draw done three years ago?

That's just ridiculous as far as I am concerned. If they had followed the football model, then we wouldn't be in this position.

There are other people outside this who need to have a look at themselves and why those decisions were made, and you have got to feel sorry for the people involved and who this has affected

– Warren Gatland

Wales will now go flat out for victory over Australia - they have lost 10 Tests in a row against the Wallabies - knowing that winning the group is set to mean a quarter-final against Scotland or Japan, while progressing as runners-up probably means a last-eight appointment with South Africa.


Woman dies following serious collision

North Wales Police say a woman has died following a collision near Betws-y-Coed.

The woman, who was aged in her 70’s, was a passenger on a motorcycle which was in collision with a Nissan Qashqai yesterday on the A470.

The male rider remains in a serious condition in Ysbyty Gwynedd in Bangor.

We are continuing to appeal for witnesses, and are particularly keen to trace the driver of a white coloured vehicle who may have witnessed the collision.

The A470 re-opened shortly before 7pm and I would like to thank local residents and members of the public for their patience.

Anyone who may have information that could assist the investigation is asked to contact the Roads Policing Unit based at Llandegai on 101, quoting reference number S152191.

– Sergeant Jason Diamond, North Wales Police

Swansea draw against Tottenham

Swansea finished 2-2 against Tottenham this afternoon in the Premier League.

A goal from Andre Ayew put the Swans ahead before Christian Eriksen equalised from a free kick.

A Harry Kane goal then restored Swansea's lead on the half hour mark, but was later cancelled out by another from Eriksen.

Garry Monk's men now sit 11th in the table behind Liverpool.

Two people taken to hospital after serious crash

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Two people have been taken to hospital with serious injuries, after a crash involving a car and a motorcycle.

It happened on the A470 near Betws-y-Coed on Sunday at around 14:15.

The road is currently closed and traffic is being diverted. Police say the road is likely to be closed for the next three to four hours.

We are appealing to anybody who may have witnessed this collision to contact us. We are particularly keen on tracing the driver of a white coloured vehicle who may have witnessed the collision and who had left the scene prior to police arrival.

– Sergeant Jason Diamond, North Wales police
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