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WRU and Regional Rugby Wales agreement at a glance

Here are a few of the highlights of the new deal between the WRU and the Welsh rugby regions:

  • £8.7million a year to the regions, with £3.6m in loan facilities from the WRU
  • One-off £500,000 payment to each region on signing the agreement
  • National Dual Contracts for key players
  • Senior Player Selection Policy - players based outside Wales will be ineligible subject to a number of exceptions at the Head Coach's discretion
  • Number of foreign players in each region limited to six
  • Each region will be allowed two 'time-serving' foreign players who will be eligible for Welsh selection after three years residency
  • WRU retains the right to play up to 13 senior international games each year with a 13-day release facility for squad training before the Six Nations and Autumn Internationals
  • Management and responsibility for four regional academies for emerging talent transferred to the four regions with £600,000 support each year from the WRU.

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Rugby star Gough fined for assaulting ex-girlfriend

Ian Gough
Ian Gough was fined for assaulting his ex-girlfriend. Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Rugby player Ian Gough has been fined £1,000 for assaulting his beauty queen ex-girlfriend.

The 37 year old, who plays for Newport Gwent Dragons, was found guilty of grabbing former-Miss Wales Sophia Cahill and pushing her against his van as he dropped off their two-year-old son at her house in January.

In a victim impact statement read at Croydon Magistrates' Court, Miss Cahill - who is now engaged to pop star Dane Bowers - said she has suffered from anxiety and panic attacks since the incident and had been targeted on social media.

Gough had denied assault by beating, but was found guilty after a trial. He was fined £1,050 and ordered to pay a £105 victim surcharge, £775 towards prosecution costs and £200 compensation to Miss Cahill.

Speaking outside the court, Gough said he will appeal the conviction.

While I accept the court has to follow its procedures, I do not accept the guilty conviction against me. I am currently appealing the conviction.

– Ian Gough

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Collins out of Wales squad with hamstring injury

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West Ham defender James Collins has withdrawn from the Wales squad set to play Andorra due to injury. Credit: Nigel French/EMPICS Sport

Wales international James Collins has withdrawn from the squad's Euro 2016 qualifier against Andorra. The Football Association of Wales says the West Ham defender is suffering from a hamstring injury.

He's been replaced by Newcastle United's Paul Dummett for the match on 9th September.

Paul Dummett
Newcastle United's Paul Dummett has been called up to the Wales squad for the Andorra game. Credit: David Davies/PA Archive

UEFA Euro 2016: Wales squad to face Andorra named

The Wales squad has been announced for the forthcoming UEFA Euro 2016 qualifier against Andorra.

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Wayne Hennessey - Crystal Palace; Kyle Letheren - Dundee; Owain Fon Williams - Tranmere Rovers #ANDvWAL

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James Chester - Hull City; James Collins - West Ham United; Ben Davies - Tottenham Hotspur; Chris Gunter - Reading #ANDvWAL

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Adam Matthews - Celtic; Samuel Ricketts - Wolverhampton Wanderers; Neil Taylor - Swansea City; Ashley Williams - Swansea City #ANDvWAL

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Joe Allen - Liverpool; Emyr Huws - Manchester City (Loan Wigan Athletic); Andy King - Leicester City; Joe Ledley - Crystal Palace #ANDvWAL

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Aaron Ramsey - Arsenal; David Vaughan - Nottingham Forest; Gareth Bale - Real Madrid; Simon Church - Charlton Athletic #ANDvWAL

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Tom Lawrence - Manchester United; Hal Robson-Kanu - Reading; George Williams - Fulham; Jonathan Williams - Crystal Palace #ANDvWAL

Coleman to announce Euro 2016 qualifier squad

Wales manager Chris Coleman believes the 'holy grail' of qualifying for a major tournament is within reach if he can play his best team in the Euro 2016 qualifiers.

Chris Coleman

The campaign starts in Andorra on 9th September, but it is the games against group favourites Belgium and Bosnia-Herzegovina as well as Israel and Cyprus which will determine whether Wales make it to France in 2016

Wales haven't qualified for a major final since the World Cup of 1958.

But, there is real hope this time that Coleman can turn that around by guiding a talented group of players to an expanded 24-team championship.

We're going into it with enthusiasm. Expectations are always high and it's all to play for. The holy grail for us is to qualify and we've got a chance to do that over 10 games with a little bit of luck. That's the objective.

– Chris Coleman, Wales manager

Real Madrid superstar Gareth Bale heads the list but Coleman can also call on the likes of Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey, Liverpool's Joe Allen and Swansea skipper Ashley Williams.

The squad will be announced later today.

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