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Coleman: Wales ready for hostile Israeli atmosphere

Wales manager Chris Coleman says his players can cope with any hostile atmosphere as his side travel to Haifa for their crucial Euro 2016 qualifier with Israel.

Coleman taking training before Wales' trip to Israel. Credit: PA

There will be a 30,000-plus capacity crowd at the Sammy Ofer Stadium for the match which pits Group B's front-runners together and Israel coach Eli Guttman has warned Wales to expect a special atmosphere.

But Coleman says that will not be a problem for Gareth Bale and company who are used to playing in front of big crowds both at home and abroad.

"...a lot of our guys play In the Premier League in front of crowds of 50,000 and 60,000 and it does not get bigger than that. We are a long away from home, but so what? We are looking forward to the atmosphere and our guys are used to playing top international players week-in and week-out."

– Chris Coleman, Wales Manager
Coleman says Wales' big name players are used to hostile atmospheres. Credit: PA

Israel lead the way in the group after winning their opening three games while unbeaten Wales lie second after picking up eight points from four games.

Coleman's side held group favourites Belgium in Brussels in November and there is a growing feeling in Wales that the current group of players can end the country's long wait to qualify for a major tournament.

"We cannot come back without anything. That is not the stage we are at. We know what we are up against and they will know that about us. Their game against Belgium on Tuesday will not exist for them, they are only thinking about us and that is not our business. This game is about us and I say that not in an arrogant way. We are getting it right and we have to continue to do that, and once we do that I will be happy. If we get the performance right then hopefully the result will follow."

– Chris Coleman, Wales Manager


Six Nations player of the championship - Alun-Wyn Jones runner-up

Ireland captain Paul O'Connell has been named as this season's Six Nations player of the championship.

The 35-year-old Munster lock, who led Ireland to a gripping Six Nations title triumph last Saturday, secured more than 26 per cent of a public vote.

Wales forward Alun-Wyn Jones was second in the voting. Credit: PA

Wales forward Alun-Wyn Jones was second, with Ireland centre Robbie Henshaw pipping Wales fly-half Dan Biggar for third place.

O'Connell becomes the first Irishman to gain the accolade since his current team-mate Tommy Bowe five years ago.

A shortlist of 12 players was decided through a combination of match statistics, analysing the best performing players across a set range of criteria and then followed by a public vote.

A total of 70,448 votes were cast, with O'Connell gaining 18,842 of those.

Sainsbury's drops plans to open at Haverfordwest

Sainsbury's has dropped plans to open a new store at Haverfordwest.

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The planned store could have seen 500 jobs created. A spokesperson for supermarket told ITV Cymru Wales they were "disappointed" but shopping habits had changed and more customers were using online food shopping.

Pembrokeshire Council said the housing development plans for over 700 new homes at Slade Lane will continue as planned.

Family pay tribute to motorcyclist killed in collision

The family of a motorcyclist who died following a collision with a car at the Treforest Industrial Estate on Wednesday has paid tribute to him.

Robert Cross. Credit: South Wales Police / Family photo

Robert Cross, a 45 year-old motorcyclist from Llantwit Fadre, died at the scene of the collision which occurred at just gone 5pm on Main Avenue. The red Honda motorcycle he was riding was in collision with a black Volkswagen Golf.

Our families have lost an amazing son, partner, father, brother, grandfather and friend. Rob was full of life and devoted to all the people around him. He loved his bikes and had been riding for years. We now have a gaping hole in our lives which could never be filled

– Family of Robert Cross

Officers investigating the collision are continuing their appeal for anyone who saw the incident to contact them.


Reports of 'dangerous dog' on the loose at seaside

Bridgend County Council says it's received reports that a "potentially dangerous dog" may have been abandoned in the Rest Bay area at Porthcawl.

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The council says it's currently looking for the animal, which is believed to be a Rottweiler.

A local resident told the council he saw the occupants of car abandon a very large Rottweiler which tried to attack his own dog at the nearby golf course.

The man said the dog was injured with what appeared to be a missing ear and lip. It was last seen near the Kenfig Ponds Nature Reserve.

Anyone seeing the dog is asked to call the council on 01656 643643 or South Wales Police who say they are aware of the reports and there is a police team in the area.

Ospreys announce signing of Welsh international Delve

Wales international back-row forward Gareth Delve has signed for the Ospreys and will move to the region this summer.

It will be the 32-year-old's first professional contract in Wales, having previously played for Bath, Gloucester and Super Rugby side the Melbourne Rebels in Australia.

Delve's move to the Ospreys is his first professional contract in Wales. Credit: PA

The Ospreys announced that Cardiff-born Delve, who won the last of his 11 Wales caps against Italy during the 2010 Six Nations Championship, has agreed a two-year deal.

"I am lucky to have played in some great places, and I've travelled the world, but this opportunity to play in Wales was too good to say no to. Of all the potential moves I could have made at this point of my career, this was the one that really excited me."

– Gareth Delve
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