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North to set new world record in tomorrow's comeback

Wales star George North will set a new world record when he makes his rugby comeback in tomorrow's Test match against Ireland.

At 23 years and 138 days, Northampton wing North will become the youngest player in rugby union Test match history to reach 50 caps for his country.

George North is poised to set a new world record when he makes his rugby comeback tomorrow. Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

North made his Wales debut against South Africa in November 2010, scoring two tries, and what has proved to be a stellar career now hits another notable landmark.

He returns to action for his first appearance since late March. He suffered three concussions last season, but is now fully fit.

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Shane Williams returns to old team Neath

Shane Williams is returning to Neath - this time as an ambassador, but he hasn’t ruled out pulling on the famous black jersey once again.

Shane has signed up to be an ambassador for the club. Credit: PA

The 2008 world player of the year has agreed to lend a helping hand to the club where it all began for him in senior rugby.

Recently retired Williams will provide support for the club's coaching team and take on ambassadorial duties.

Williams turned down an approach from Merthyr RFC a fortnight ago.

If he can get himself fit enough then it would be great to see him play a few games, but it will be a question of working around his other commitments and seeing how best we can make things work for us and for him.

– Neath owner Mike Cuddy

Head groundsman leaves Glamorgan Cricket Club

Glamorgan County Cricket Club says Keith Exton has left his role as head groundsman with immediate effect.

Groundsman Keith Exton was at Glamorgan for six years. Credit: glamorgancricket.com

The Welsh side were fined £9,000, of which £5,000 was suspended, after their Royal London One-Day Cup match against Hampshire was abandoned for "unfit" conditions last month.

The Club would to thank Keith for his role in establishing The SSE SWALEC as a firm fixture in the international cricket calendar and particularly for his preparation of 2 Ashes Test pitches during his 6 year tenure in Cardiff.

– Glamorgan Cricket Club

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Wales' RWC pool opponents England set final squad

Sam Burgess will play for England in the Rugby World Cup less than a year after switching codes. Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire.

Wales' Rugby World Cup pool opponents England have announced their final 31-man squad for the tournament.

Stuart Lancaster's side includes Rugby League convert Sam Burgess, who's only been playing under the union code for less than a year. Danny Cipriani and Nick Easter are among those not making the cut.

Wales and England are in Pool A along with Australia, Fiji and Uruguay.

Read more on this story on ITV's dedicated Rugby World Cup site.

Alun Wyn Jones to captain Wales as North wins 50th cap

Credit: WRU

Alun Wyn Jones takes on the captain's arm band and George North gets his 50th cap as Wales prepare to face Ireland on Saturday.

Wales team: Leigh Halfpenny (Toulon), Alex Cuthbert (Cardiff Blues), Scott Williams (Scarlets), Jamie Roberts (Harlequins), George North (Northampton Saints), Dan Biggar (Ospreys), Rhys Webb (Ospreys), Gethin Jenkins (Cardiff Blues), Ken Owens (Scarlets), Tomas Francis (Exeter Chiefs), Bradley Davies (Wasps), Alun Wyn Jones (Ospreys, CAPT), Dan Lydiate (Ospreys), Justin Tipuric (Ospreys), Taulupe Faletau (Newport Gwent Dragons). Replacements: Scott Baldwin (Ospreys), Paul James (Ospreys), Aaron Jarvis (Ospreys), Luke Charteris (Racing Metro), James King (Ospreys), Gareth Davies (Scarlets), Rhys Priestland (Scarlets), Hallam Amos (Newport Gwent Dragons).

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