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Wales forward Luke Charteris to join Bath

Wales forward Luke Charteris will join Bath from Racing 92 at the end of the season.

Luke Charteris (left) joins Bath at the end of the season. Credit: PA

The 6ft 9in second-row has 62 international caps and played in all five of Wales' matches at this year's World Cup.

"It is such an ambitious club, and that's a great atmosphere to be joining," Charteris said.

"There is some incredible talent in the squad and I'm really looking forward to heading over and getting started."

Charteris was also offered a deal by Cardiff Blues but the 32-year-old opted for a return to Bath, where his family have a house and he studied at university.

Bath head coach Mike Ford added: "He's a superb athlete at the set-piece and in the loose, has strong leadership qualities and a lot of experience that he can bring to the squad."


Taylor wins Asian player award

Neil Taylor collects Asian Player of the Year for the second time Credit: Asian Football Awards

Swansea City full back Neil Taylor has been named Asian footballer of the year for the second time at the Asian Football Awards.

Taylor beat off competition from Wolves captain Danny Batth and West Brom striker Adil Nabi to lift the title with judges praising his contribution towards Wales’ qualification for next summer’s European Championship finals in France.

Taylor, whose mother is from Kolkata in India said:

“It’s a great feeling to win this award. I am pleased to be here tonight to pick it up, it means a lot to me. Hopefully Asian football flourishes throughout the years.

“My advice to any young aspiring player is to sacrifice. You have to be willing to sacrifice and follow your own path of where you want go, where you want to be and what you want to achieve. You also need to have people who are willing to go on that journey with you.

“Whatever background you are from, it doesn't matter. You can make it to the top. Hopefully this can inspire the next generation of footballers.”

Welshman MacDonald ready to face old club Swansea

Former Swansea midfielder Shaun MacDonald says his current side Bournemouth have the beating of Garry Monk's men, as they prepare to travel to south Wales tomorrow.

Shaun MacDonald (left) has won three caps for Wales. Credit: PA

The Welshman spent six years with City and says he's well aware of what a good side they are, despite both clubs struggling at the wrong end of the Premier League table.

I have a lot of friends who are season tickets holders at Swansea and a lot of my family are too. We will probably have a bit of banter but this is my job. We have to go and get the job done. We know what kind of football they play and we have to go with a game plan and hopefully come away the win.

– Shaun MacDonald, Bournemouth and Wales


FT: Cardiff Blues 20 - 32 Harlequins

Credit: Nick Potts/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Full time and the Cardiff Blues lost 20 - 32 in tonight's European Challenge Cup match against the Harlequins.

HT: Cardiff Blues 6 - 3 Harlequins

Cardiff Blues captain Gethin Jenkins and teammates join in a minutes applause to mark the death of former Cardiff Blues player and New Zealand international Jonah Lomu. Credit: Nick Potts/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Cardiff Blues currently take the lead 6-3 against the Harlequins in tonight's European Challenge Cup match.

A minute's applause was also held to pay tribute to former Blues player and New Zealand international Jonah Lomu who died at the age of 40.

Devils miss chance to go top after defeat in Sheffield

Cardiff Devils missed out on the opportunity to go top of the Elite League after going down 2-1 to the Sheffield Steelers last night.

Goals from Jonathan Phillips and Levi Nelson were enough for The Steelers, with Carl Hudson's late goal a mere consolation for the away side.

The Devils play The Steelers again on Saturday in the Welsh capital, before travelling to Scotland to face The Dundee Stars on Sunday.

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