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Sam Warburton facing a month on the sidelines

Wales captain Sam Warburton will be out for at least four weeks with an ankle injury.

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Warburton saw a specialist on Tuesday after suffering the injury in the Cardiff Blues' 13-6 Guinness PRO12 derby defeat at the Ospreys on Saturday.

Sam has suffered a grade two strain to his right ankle and has now seen the specialist to start his recovery process.

He will return to the specialist in a week's time for further assessment and currently we are working at a minimum lay-off of four weeks for a return to play.

– Cardiff Blues head of medical services John Miles

Warburton suffered the injury in a tackle by Justin Tipuric, his rival for the openside flanker's position with Wales.

Mike Phillips calls time on Wales career

Wales scrum-half Mike Phillips has announced his retirement from international rugby.

Mike Phillips Credit: PA

The Racing 92 player appeared in 99 Tests - 94 for Wales and five for the British and Irish Lions.

But the 33-year-old did not play in the recent World Cup, left out of Warren Gatland's initial squad for the tournament before being recalled as cover for the injured Rhys Webb ahead of the opening game against Uruguay.

In an interview on the programme, The Real Mike Phillips, to be broadcast on BBC Wales next Monday he said:

This is a chance for me to close a chapter of my life, playing for Wales has been a massive part of my life since I was 20 or 21, and to move on the next chapter.

– Mike Phillips


Swansea fall to narrow Liverpool defeat

A James Milner penalty was the difference this afternoon as Liverpool edged past Swansea at Anfield.

Swansea's Neil Taylor clashes with Jordan Ibe. Credit: PA

The first half saw Garry Monk's side - who have only beaten Aston Villa away from home this season - flood the midfield to stifle Liverpool, who failed to establish any cohesion in the final two-thirds.

The only real opportunity of the first period came after six minutes, when Jordon Ibe's heavy touch gave Kyle Bartley enough of a chance to put in a sliding challenge - although the centre-back could only watch as his tackle diverted the ball onto a post and not past Lukasz Fabianski in the Swansea goal.

The breakthrough came just past the hour when Ibe's cross hit Neil Taylor's arm and despite an initial delay from referee Anthony Taylor, the linesman flagged for the infringement.

Milner dispatched the subsequent penalty high into the roof of the Kop end goal and despite late Swansea pressure, 1-0 was how it stayed.

The defeat leaves Swansea 15th in the Premier League table, just four points off the relegation zone.

Scarlets made to work for PRO12 win over Zebre

Scarlets were forced to hang on in their PRO12 encounter with Zebre this afternoon, but the Welsh region secured victory in a result that lifts them up to second in the table.

Hadleigh Parkes won man of the match for his performance. Credit: PA

Tries from Hadleigh Parkes and Aled Davies helped ensure Scarlets went into half time 17-0 ahead.

But after the break Zebre's number eight Andries Van Schalkwyk went over twice to bring the game within a try of the Italian outfit.

It was a nervy finish for Wayne Pivac's side, who needed the boot of Steven Shingler to make sure of the win late on.

Ospreys secure PRO12 derby win over Cardiff Blues

A try from skipper Alun Wyn Jones helped Ospreys come from behind to win the Guinness PRO12 derby clash against Cardiff Blues 13-6 at a rain-lashed Liberty Stadium.

Alun Wyn Jones scored the only try of the match for the home side. Credit: PA

Blues, who claimed a losing bonus point in the 13-6 defeat but have not won in Swansea since 2005, were leading 6-0 through two Jarrod Evans penalties before Jones squeezed over.

19-year-old Evans came in for his first PRO12 start for the Blues in place of Patchell and scored the only points of the first half with a seventh-minute penalty after the Ospreys were penalised for not releasing at a ruck.

But though Blues led 3-0 at the interval in rainy and blustery conditions Ospreys had the better of the territory in the first 40 minutes.

Blues suffered a major blow when Wales captain Sam Warburton left the field with an ankle injury in the 32nd minute but they finished the half the stronger and would have doubled their lead two minutes from time had fly-half Evans not missed with his second penalty attempt.

Ospreys started the second half without Biggar, who was replaced by Sam Davies, and he had an immediate impact with a series of kicks to the corner and missed a 42nd-minute penalty.

Evans boosted Blues' chances with a near 50-metre penalty after 50 minutes but after that it was all Ospreys as Jones got the ball on the tryline by the posts for a converted try.

And from then on in Ospreys played territorial tactics with Davies kicking penalties on 70 and 78 minutes.

Cardiff concede late to draw, whilst Newport win and Wrexham lose

Cardiff conceded a late goal against Burnley to draw 2-2 with their Championship rivals at the Cardiff City Stadium.

Burnley scored late on to draw with Cardiff. Credit: PA

The home side had gone two up with goals from Aaron Gunnarsson and Sean Morrison, but the Clarets halved the deficit with a goal five minutes before full-time, before Matt Connolly's injury-time own goal salvaged a point.

The draw leaves Cardiff 10th in the table and two points off the play-off spots.

Elsewhere there was better news for Newport County in League Two, who comfortably beat Luton 3-0. A hat-trick for Oliver McBurnie proving decisive for John Sheridan's men.

Wrexham though succumbed to a 3-2 defeat to Macclesfield in the National League - a late goal by James Gray not enough for the Welsh side at the Racecourse Ground.


'Complete performance' needed as Monk prepares Swansea for Liverpool

Swansea City boss Garry Monk says he's focused on securing a positive performance and result for his side, as they attempt to stop a slide which has brought only one win in nine league games.

Garry Monk is looking to turn Swansea's form around. Credit: PA

Monk's men play a resurgent Liverpool tomorrow, but says he's not looking at the form of the opposition.

...this week has been about us and concentrating the players on what we do best and improving in all areas. For us, it's about getting that performance. That's the biggest part. When you're in these periods you need a complete performance that gives you that belief to get through it. We know they 're capable of it and it's just getting that one result, that one performance.

– Garry Monk, Swansea City Manager

In team news Swansea's former Liverpool midfielder Jonjo Shelvey misses out through suspension and Monk has a number of selection dilemmas ahead of the trip to Anfield.

He made four changes for the disappointing 2-2 home draw with Bournemouth but the likes of Kyle Bartley, Leon Britton, Wayne Routledge and Eder all appeared rusty.

They were difficult circumstances. We made the changes with the right intentions, and those players were part of the team that fought back from 2-0 down when as a team we were not performing at our best. They deserve big credit for that, and you don't judge them on that performance. Any player will tell you they need a run of games to get up to speed.

– Garry Monk, Swansea City Manager

Principality Stadium transformation begins

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The ‘Millennium Stadium’ sign has been taken down from the iconic venue’s Eastern exterior in readiness for its reincarnation as Principality Stadium.

The removal of the 5ft by 45ft metallic sign precedes the imminent official launch of a 10-year partnership between the Welsh Rugby Union and Principality Building Society.

Wales’ RBS 6 Nations 2016 second round clash with Scotland, on Saturday 13th February, will be the first event held at the newly renamed Principality Stadium and is already sold out.

Rihanna will perform at Principality Stadium in June as part of her world tour.

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