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Successful future of Welsh rugby down to grassroots, says new chair

The new chairman of the Welsh Rugby Union has told ITV Wales that his appointment is a turning point for the game here.

The Dragons Chief Executive Gareth Davies replaces David Pickering who failed to secure re-election to the board.

Mr Davies says he wants to move on from past wranglings between the regions and the Union, and concentrate on the 'grassroots' to insure a prosperous future.

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Sheffield United deny Ched Evans contract reports

Sheffield United has denied reports it has offered a contract to convicted rapist Ched Evans, claiming newspaper reports are "false and damaging to the club".

Ched Evans was released from prison yesterday. Credit: PA Wire

Following Evans' release from prison yesterday, The Sun newspaper reported that the 25-year-old's former club had offered him a two-year contract.

But Sheffield United co-chairmen, Kevin McCabe and Jim Phipps, said they were still "continuing to deliberate on any long term decision about Ched Evans."

On Wednesday, an ITV News Calendar poll found 52% of people were against him rejoining the club.

WATCH: Ched Evans says in video "I want a second chance" and to return to football

Welsh footballer Ched Evans who was released from jail after serving half of a five-year sentence for raping a 19-year-old woman in a hotel says in a personal video that he hopes to return to football.

Watch his full statement below:

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In the video interview posted on his website following his release from prison last Friday, the former Sheffield United striker said his lawyers had already taken steps to overturn the conviction.

He said the sex was consensual, adding that he made "an incredibly foolish decision" to cheat on partner Natasha Massey, who appears with Evans in the video message.

Wearing a dark shirt and tie, the 25-year-old Welshman said: "Now that I have served the custodial part of my sentence of two and a half years, it is my hope that I will be able to return to football. If that is possible then I will do so with humility, having learnt a very painful lesson. I would like a second chance."

Police appeal for missing Swansea man

Matthew Wall from Swansea didn't return home on Tuesday. Credit: South Wales Police

South Wales Police is appealing for information regarding the whereabouts of 31-year-old Matthew Wall from Swansea, who has been reported missing. Mr Wall was reported missing on Wednesday after he did not return to his home address on Tuesday night. Police are concerned for his wellbeing and are currently conducting extensive enquiries in the Swansea area in order to trace him.

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Welsh speaking drunk in English police cell insists on interpreter

A drunken man who was arrested in Manchester demanded an interpreter after telling police he would only speak in Welsh. Officers spent four hours trying to find a Welsh language expert to deal with the man, 26, who could speak perfectly good English.

But they failed to find a translator and had to let him go without charge.

The Welsh speaker was arrested on this street for being drunk and disorderly. Credit: Google Streetview

Officers went onto Twitter to blast the "difficult and time-wasting" prisoner who was arrested at 2am for a public order offence in Sackville Street, Manchester.

Their official tweet said: "Drunk and disorderly - despite speaking English in custody, insisted on Welsh interpreter which we struggled to find.

"And no, it's not a dig at the Welsh, just frustration and feeling that someone was being difficult needlessly."

The un-named man was bailed to return to the police station when sober and he accepted an £80 fixed penalty fine - written in English.

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We spent several hours trying to find an interpreter for the man who has Welsh roots. He's wasted his own time and our time. At least he saw sense in the end.

– Greater Manchester Police

Mum-to-be jailed for three years over sex crime

A mum accused with her partner of taking advantage of a boy of 15 for “depraved sexual desires” has been jailed for three years and criticised by a judge for becoming pregnant again with the case hanging over her.

The mother-of-two became pregnant again during the investigation. Credit: Andrew Price

Mother-of-two Nicola Mason, 25, a former chip shop worker, and her partner John Ford, 47, a taxi driver who was jailed for four-and-a-half years, were told by Judge Rhys Rowlands at Caernarfon crown court that their behaviour had been “totally perverted.”

The judge remarked that her third child was on the way and declared :”Your behaviour in seeking to expand your family shows at best precious little judgement on your part.” The couple, of Rhydwyn, Holyhead, must register as sex offenders indefinitely and a sex offences prevention order was made. She appeared tearful as she left the dock. Ford had pleaded not guilty to inciting sexual activity and she denied sexual activity with a child. Judge Rowlands told them :”A jury saw through your lies.”

Welsh Secretary Stephen Crabb quizzed by Welsh Affairs Select Committee on NHS row

Welsh Secretary, Stephen Crabb has been questioned this afternoon on the ongoing row between Westminster and the Welsh Government in Cardiff over the health service. The MP for Cardiff South and Penarth ,Stephen Doughty ,asked him if the continuing war of words was was damaging morale?

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