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Wales captain Warburton adds new cap to his collection

The 25-year-old Cardiff Blues star received an Honorary Fellowship for his outstanding sporting achievements. Credit: Cardiff University

Wales captain Sam Warburton added yet another cap to his collection today, but this time it was off the field.

The 25 year old picked up an Honorary Fellowship from Cardiff University in recognition of his 'outstanding sporting achievements.'

I hope I can be seen as proof to other young people that if you work hard and remain committed, you can achieve your goals. It's been great to soak up the graduation atmosphere with hundreds of students who've worked hard to achieve theirs.

– Sam Warburton

The Cardiff Blues star attended the university as a student after finishing his A-Levels, but left to pursue his rugby career after a year. He now holds the record for most caps for Wales as captain, having led the side on 35 occasions.

Ruptured muscle puts prop Jones out of Rugby World Cup

Rhodri Jones has been ruled out of the Rugby World Cup after rupturing his pectoral muscle during training. Credit: David Davies/PA Wire

Wales and Scarlets prop Rhodri Jones is out of Rugby World Cup after rupturing a muscle in training.

The 23 year old is due to undergo surgery for on his pectoral muscle and will be out for between 12 and 16 weeks. He will be replaced in the Wales training squad by Cardiff Blues prop Scott Andrew, as they travel to Doha this weekend to continue their pre-tournament preparation.

Head Coach Warren Gatland said it was 'hugely disappointing' for Jones who was 'working extremely hard.'

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Cook thanks Cardiff crowd after first Test victory

England captain Alastair Cook thanked the crowd in Cardiff for their loyal support and praised Joe Root for his performance.

Alastair Cook celebrates Ashes win in Cardiff. Credit: PA

He said he was very happy with the way his side played as they enjoyed a 169 run victory over Australia in the first Ashes Test to take a 1-0 lead in the series.

Chasing 412 to win, Australia lost four wickets for nine runs in 35 balls and were bowled out for 242 in Cardiff.

"It was a brilliant performance and just while we mention the crowd, over the four days they have been absolutely fantastic and the support the have shown the whole team - coming to the ground and singing when it was getting a little flat - and I think English cricket this summer really appreciates the support we've got."

– Alastair Cook, Captain

Man of the match Joe Root, who celebrated his seventh Test century during the match, was pleased with the result in the Ashes opener and was delighted to contribute with his 134 first-innings total, also claiming two wickets and two catches over the four days.

"It was nice to pick up a couple of wickets. I'm just really thrilled to be a part of this win. The guys have played well all week and as a team I thought we performed exceptionally well. First up in an Ashes series you want to make sure you put a marker down and we really wanted to get off to a good start and it's good to get that win ahead of the rest of the series and hopefully we can now back that up at Lord's."

– Joe Root, Batsman

Monk signs new Swansea deal

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Swansea City Manager Garry Monk has signed a new deal to lead the club for a further three years.

It means he will remain in charge at the club until Summer 2018 after leading the Swans to their highest Premier League points total last season.

Monk, who took over the job in February 2014 following the sacking of Michael Laudrup told the club's website that he was "extremely pleased" to sign the new deal.

We’ve been talking for a while, mostly over the finer details, so I’m glad it’s all finalised heading into a new and very important season for the club. It hasn’t been a distraction because I will always remain focussed, but it was a situation both myself and the club felt was important to get clarified before the season started. This is my 12th year at Swansea and I’ve always given everything for the club. That will continue and I’m excited and looking forward to the new campaign. Last season was fantastic and I learned a lot to take forward. But even with the success we all had, from the staff to the players, you can never afford to stand still. It’s been a happy and productive 18 months so far for me as manager. I believe we have put good foundations in place, but now it’s vital we build on that and push forward.

– Garry Monk
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