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Gareth Davies appointed as new WRU chairman

Gareth Davies and WRU Chief Executive Roger Lewis Credit: Welsh Rugby Union

The Board of Directors of the WRU have voted Gareth Davies as the new Chairman of the governing body to replace David Pickering.

Gareth Davies will be terminating his contract as Chief Executive of the Newport Gwent Dragons after a suitable notice period and will take up the post with immediate effect.

The Board voted for the new chairman in a secret ballot after both Gareth Davies and current Board director Martin Davies were nominated as candidates for the position.

Davies takes over from Pickering, who has spent the last 11 years as chairman.

He said:

"It is a fantastic honour to be elected Chairman of the WRU and I will aim to live up to my old Gwendraeth School moto which is : "There is no honour without responsibility.”

"I want to thank the Board of Directors for their support and confidence in my ability to represent the WRU in this prodigious role. I have also been encouraged by the support I have already received from so many grassroots clubs.

"I also want to personally thank the departing Chairman, David Pickering, for the immense contribution he has made across the past eleven years he held this post."

The Group Chief Executive of the WRU, Roger Lewis, said:

"We all know how important the Chairman of the WRU is in Wales, not just for our sport, but for the position rugby holds within the cultural life of our nation.

"I look forward to working closely with Gareth as we seek to sustain and develop our role as the national sport of Wales and a key nation at the top level of the world game."

In a further vote by the Board Ken Hewitt was elected to continue as Deputy Chairman of the WRU.

Gareth Bale will miss Real Madrid's Liverpool clash

Gareth Bale has been left out of Real Madrid's squad for Wednesday's Champions League clash against Liverpool as the Wales international battles a muscle injury.

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Bale was unlikely to feature at Anfield after Madrid announced on Monday that the forward was suffering from a gluteal injury, and on Tuesday the world's most expensive player was a confirmed absentee from Carlo Ancelotti's 20-man squad for the trip to Anfield.

The 25-year-old was an unused substitute in Saturday's Primera Division win over Levante on his return from international duty, having played the full 90 minutes in both of Wales' Euro 2016 qualifiers against Bosnia-Herzegovina and Cyprus.

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Wales squad announced for Autumn Series

Wales coach Warren Gatland has named a 34-man squad for the forthcoming Autumn Series.

Forwards:

Gethin Jenkins, Paul James, Nicky Smith, Richard Hibbard, Emyr Phillips, Scott Baldwin, Aaron Jarvis, Samson Lee, Rhodri Jones, Alun Wyn Jones, Jake Ball, Bradley Davies, Luke Charteris, Dan Lydiate, James King, Sam Warburton (Captain), Justin Tipuric, Dan Baker and Taulupe Faletau.

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Backs:

Mike Phillips, Rhys Webb, Rhodri Williams, Dan Biggar, Rhys Priestland, Cory Allen, James Roberts, Jonathan Davies, Scott Williams, Hallam Amos, Alex Cuthbert, George North, Tom Prydie, Leigh Halfpenny and Liam Williams.

Gatland set to name Wales Autumn squad

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Warren Gatland is set to announce his squad for the upcoming Autumn series later today.

Wales face South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and Fiji over the four game series which begins at the Millennium Stadium on November 8th.

Gatland is likely to turn to the trusted core of Welsh rugby for the majority of his squad but could also hand opportunities to some of the up and coming talent that has impressed over the opening weeks of the Guinness Pro 12 season.

While they will undoubtably feature in the wider squad selection Gatland will have difficult decisions to make when it comes to finalising his starting fifteen in three weeks time with several of his French and English based players struggling for game time at their respective clubs.

Full back Leigh Halfpenny has also only recently rejoined his Toulon team-mates following an extended injury break meaning he will have featured in just two games prior to the squad being named at 1100 Tuesday.

Referees chief will contact Garry Monk this week

Referees chief Mike Riley will contact Swansea manager Garry Monk this week, although a letter and DVD from the Welsh club only arrived on his desk earlier on Monday.

Monk was vitriolic in his criticism of Riley after the defeat at Stoke on Sunday, claiming the head of Professional Game Match Officials Ltd (PGMOL) has been "very poor" in not responding to a list of what he felt were bad refereeing decisions he had sent him.

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The Swansea manager was speaking after blasting match official Michael Oliver for a "disgusting" decision in awarding a penalty for a foul on Stoke's Victor Moses, which he claimed was a blatant dive.

Football Association disciplinary officials are understood to be studying Monk's comments about the referee to see if the Swansea manager should face any action, the Press Association reports.

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Dragons' Jason Tovey missed Stade Francais match after putting passport in washing machine

Newport Gwent Dragons' fly-half Jason Tovey missed Saturday's win over Stade Francais after he left his passport in a washing machine.

The passport was ruined, leaving Tovey unable to travel to France.

Last year he missed a match against Toulon after his puppy ate his passport.

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A club spokesman said: "Jason doesn't have much luck with his passport - but he couldn't blame his dog this time."

Jason's team mates managed well without him - beating Stade Francais 38-22 in the European Rugby Challenge Cup.

Stoke 2-1 Swansea (FT)

Swansea were unable to keep hold of their early lead losing 2-1 away to Stoke in the Premier League. The Swans were drawing at half-time, but a 76th minute goal from Jonathan Walters sealed the win for the Potters.

Toulon 28 - 18 Scarlets (FT)

The Scarlets have lost against Toulon. The final score at the Stade Mayol was 28 - 18. The score at half time had seen the Scarlets trail by just five points but Toulon were able to capitalise further in the second half to gain a comfortable lead. A late second half score by winger Kristian Phillips meant that the Scarlets trailed by 10 points at the final whistle.

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