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Former Plaid Cymru AM Nerys Evans steps down

The former Plaid Cymru Assembly Member Nerys Evans has withdrawn as a candidate for next year's election.

It's understood Nerys made her decision for 'personal reasons' Credit: PA

She was the party's candidate for Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire.

Her decision not to stand for election is understood to be for personal reasons, and she remains Deputy Chair of Plaid Cymru.

Plaid Cymru has reopened nominations in Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire for the 2016 Assembly elections.

This follows Nerys Evans' decision to stand down as a candidate for personal reasons. Nerys Evans will continue to be the party's Deputy Chair and will play a key part in our campaigns. Plaid Cymru wishes Nerys the best of luck.

– Party spokesperson


Munster 11 - 3 Ospreys

It was a slow start to this afternoon's Pro 12 play-off semi-final in Ireland.

The first try came from Dan Biggar in the thirteenth minute, but Munster soon caught up, leaving the score at half time Munsters 11, Ospreys 3.

43-year-old motorcyclist dies after crash with car

Police are appealing for information after a motorcyclist was killed in a collision on Friday night.

The crash happened just after six o'clock on Chapel Road Credit: ITV News

The incident, involving a car and a motorbike, happened just after six o'clock on Friday on Chapel Road in Nantyglo.

The motorcyclist, a 43-year-old man from the area died from his injuries.

Meanwhile a 19-year-old man from Cardiff, who was driving the car, escaped uninjured.

He's been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and has been bailed pending further enquiries.

Officers at Gwent Police are appealing for anyone who may have seen the incident to come forward.

Cardiff woman to take part in Eurovision song contest

Saturday night sees the annual Eurovision Song contest, and whilst the UK is being represented by group 'Electro Velvet', a part of Wales will be cheering on a different country.

The singer is representing Armenia, along with five others Credit: Public Television of Armenia

It's the Armenian song, and one of its singers is Cardiff's Mary-Jean O'Doherty.

The 32-year-old is part of a six person group called Genealogy, comprising of singers from all over the world with Armenian heritage.

Mary-Jean says although she's never been to the country, she's excited to take part.

The singer was born in Texas and studied singing in Sydney, Australia.

She became the first recipient of the Australian International Opera Award to study at the Cardiff International Academy of Voice.


Monk: 'None of our players are for sale'

The manager says his priority is now to strengthen the squad Credit: PA

Swansea boss Garry Monk has said he is adamant there will be no summer sale at the club, following their best Premier League finish.

It comes after TV pundit Martin Keown claimed there were 'noises within the game', suggesting Swansea will lose several of their top players to bigger and wealthier clubs.

But Monk stressed the focus is on keeping quality players at the club.

Our players have been fantastic and I'm sure everyone is interested in good players, but the challenge there is the players are not going to leave for anything less in terms of the quality where we are at right now in the league.

The only thing I can affect and what matters to me is conversations I've had with the players and they are really looking forward to progressing with this club.

That's why I feel no worry about it. I've spoken to the chairman and he is well aware we need to keep all the quality players we have.

– Garry Monk, Swansea City Manager

Monk says his focus now is on strengthening the squad. He's confirmed interest in Holland Under-21 striker Luc Castaignos, who is currently at Dutch Club FC Twente.

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