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Gerald Davies' letter to WRU member clubs

In a letter to WRU member clubs, Gerald Davies said he made his decision not to stand for re-election to the board "with considerable sadness".

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'On and off the field I hope I have demonstrated my passion and commitment to the game at all levels and I have endeavoured at all times to bring my lifetimes experience and knowledge to help contribute to the well-being of the game and all those who are involved in it throughout Wales as well as on the International stage.

I have always believed and stated that as rugby changes so its organisation must also change anD develop for the common good of all.

I do not wish to sever my ties completely with rugby and will constantly look for opportunities to encourage and support the game that is so dear to my heart.

I will watch with interest how the WRU meets the many challenges ahead."

– Gerald Davies

Gerald Davies won't stand for re-election to WRU board

Former Wales international Gerald Davies has written to Welsh clubs confirming he will not stand for re-election to the WRU board when his tenure is up.

Davies says he made the decision "with considerable sadness" Credit: PA

The 69-year-old gave an impassioned speech to club delegates and fellow board members at last month's Extraordinary General Meeting of the Welsh Rugby Union in which the current regime overwhelmingly survived a vote of no confidence brought upon them after a campaign by David Moffett.

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Owen Williams returns home to Wales

Cardiff Blues have confirmed that Owen Williams has returned home to Wales following a serious injury playing in Singapore.

The Blues and Wales centre suffered "a significant injury to his cervical vertebrae and spinal cord" playing in the World Cup 10s on June 22.

Owen Williams' family thanked well-wishers for "overwhelming messages of support" Credit: PA

More: Warburton 'has fingers crossed' for injured Williams

Williams was flown back by air ambulance and is now being assessed and monitored at the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff.

"Cardiff Blues and the Williams family would like to take this opportunity to pay tribute to all the staff and specialists at Tan Tock Seng Hospital in Singapore for their care and support for Owen following his injury", a spokesperson said.

They also thanked well-wishers for "overwhelming messages of support".

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Championship road race heads for Abergavenny

Championship cyclists are heading for Abergavenny where they will take on a technical circuit.

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The race is fast approaching Abergavenny where the riders will complete 10 laps of a technical and fast circuit #RoadChamps

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Team Sky's Geraint Thomas has launched solo chase to front group, he's a minute behind them. Scott Davies dropped from leaders #RoadChamps

Championship cyclists head through south Wales

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Welshman Luke Rowe Credit: ITV Wales / Tom Sheldrick

Some of the world's best cyclists have been making their way through south Wales as part of the British national road race championship.

The peleton threads its way through the countryside outside Newport Credit: ITV Wales / Tom Sheldrick
Geraint Thomas Credit: ITV Wales / Tom Sheldrick

Thomas in Brit champs pole as Wiggins withdraws

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Geraint Thomas will be hopeful after Bradley Wiggins pulls out of British national road race championship Credit: PA

Geraint thomas has been handed a massive boost to his hopes of reclaiming the national road race title on home roads after sir Bradley wiggins pulled out of Sunday's British national road race championship in Abergavenny.

Wiggins had been expected to mount a serious challenge for the title after missing out on selection for this summers tour de France. His withdrawal though opens up further hopes I home success for Cardiff rider Geraint Thomas who is hoping to reclaim the title he won in 2010.

Wiggins withdrawal is the second big-name to miss out on the championship after mark cavendish withdrew last week through illness.

Geraint Thomas on Sky's Tour de France selection

Geraint Thomas will again ride in the world's most famous cycle race in support of team leader and defending champion Chris Froome.

Froome's inclusion means that Team Sky principal Dave Brailsford has left out former Tour champion Bradley Wiggins, despite the Olympic Gold medallist showing his form winning Thursday's British national time trial title on the roads of Monmouthshire.

Thomas will race in the Commonwealth Games just days after the Tour ends

Thomas will play a key role in Sky's attempts to claim a third straight Tour win as Froome's chief sidekick throughout the three week race.

Many tip the Cardiff man to play a central role himself in years to come with GB coach and former Sky man Shane Sutton tipping him to be a future Grand Tour winner himself in years to come.

For now though Thomas must continue to play second fiddle for the 21 stage race, that finishes just seven days before he attempts to secure a victory of his own at the Commonwealth Games road race in Glasgow.

'It's certainly not ideal. It's a big three weeks of racing around France trying to help Froomey win really so it'll be tough for sure" he said.

"I think mentally it's ok because I know I've just got to keep going until the Sunday, just hopefully I can recover well, eat well, sleep well and that's pretty much all I can do go there and go as fast as we can."

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