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Welsh tributes paid to Jonah Lomu, who dies aged 40

Tributes are being paid to All Black wing Jonah Lomu, who's died at the age of 40.

Lomu in action against Wales in 1997. Credit: Michael Steele/EMPICS Sport

The New Zealand legend played 10 games for the Cardiff Blues between 2005 and 2006.


England have 50-50 chance of playing Wales

UEFA has announced its seedings for the Euro 2016 draw leaving a 50-50 chance that England will be playing Wales, Northern Ireland or the Republic of Ireland.

England will be among the top seeds in Pot 1 along with hosts France and European champions Spain.

Whilst Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland will be among the six countries in Pot 4, based on UEFA's coefficient statistics.

Wales will head to France as tournament rookies. Credit: PA Images

In July, Chris Coleman's side were among the top seeds for the 2018 World Cup qualifying draw but that was based on much higher FIFA rankings.

The draw, which takes place on the 12th December will see the 24 finalists draw into six groups of four teams for next summer's finals in France.

The winners and runners-up in each group will qualify for the knockout phase with only eight teams being eliminated in the group phase.

The tournament will start on 10th June 2016 and the final will take place at the Stade de France in July.

Premier League to step up security following Paris terror attacks

Wembley Stadium lit up in tribute to the Paris terror attacks. Credit: Michael Tubi / Demotix / PA Images

The Premier League will issue new security guidance to football clubs this week following the Paris terror attacks.

France's national stadium was targeted during a friendly between France and Germany. Four days on, the same French players who were at the Stade de France when suicide bombers blew themselves up outside will take to the field.

Extra security measures will be in place at that game tonight when England take on France at Wembley stadium.

Premier League officials say they will provide a full briefing to all member clubs on Thursday and will issue a public statement on the situation.

We are actively engaged with our security advisers and the appropriate authorities, including the Home Office and senior representatives from the police, to assess current security guidance to Premier League clubs.

There is a club meeting later this week where a full security briefing will be given. Following that, further guidance will be issued to the clubs as well as a public statement so fans are fully aware of what to expect when arriving at stadiums.

– Premier League

Shingler puts pen to paper on new Scarlets contract

Scarlets flanker Aaron Shingler has signed a new contract with the region, keeping him with the club for the 2016-17 season and beyond.

The 6'6' flanker will stay at Scarlets until at least the 2016/17 season. Credit: PA

Shingler has become a familiar sight on Parc y Scarlets’ pitch since making his senior debut in March 2009 against regional rivals Newport Gwent Dragons.

The 28-year-old represented Wales on the 7s circuit and earned his first full international cap for Wales’ senior side in 2012 as they picked Scotland apart en route to a Grand Slam. He has eight international caps to date.

Scarlets gave me my first opportunity at professional rugby and I’m excited to continue my development with my home region. It’s important for me to be playing at the highest level to continue my personal development and the Scarlets, as one of the top two regions in Wales playing in the top flight of Europe, gives me that opportunity. I still have ambitions to play for Wales and I feel that this is the best place to be to fulfill those ambitions.

– Aaron Shingler, Scarlets and Wales


WRU Chief urges greater vigilance on rugby doping

The head of the Welsh Rugby Union says doping bans for two club-level Welsh players serve “ as a strong warning to everyone in the game that non-compliance with anti-doping rules carries grave consequences.”

Merthyr RFC player Owen Morgan and Greg Roberts of Glynneath RFC both tested positive for traces of different prohibited substances during separate SWALEC Division 1 West games last season and have been banned from all sport for two and four years respectively.

The WRU launched a new country-wide initiative last year to highlight the dangers for players at all levels that intentional and unintentional doping violations bring whilst also providing information for players and coaches as to the rules surrounding the issue.

Those warnings though went seemingly unheard by the two latest players to be found in breach of the regulations, something Phillips hopes will serve as a stark reminder as to the dangers doping presents to anyone involved in the game.

“There is no place for doping within sport, and it certainly doesn’t fit in with the values of rugby union. Whether intentional, or inadvertent, players have a responsibility to themselves, to each other, to their clubs and to the sport to act within the rules and spirit of the game.

“We work closely with UK Anti-Doping and fully adhere to the World Anti-Doping Code. There is no room in the code for carelessness or not knowing, and players are encouraged to check the prohibited lists, found via the WRU website which include over-the-shelf medication and supplements.

“We want to rid our game of these practices and we encourage anyone who has any intelligence of doping taking place to call the WRU or UKAD and help protect our game.”

WRU warn over use of banned substances

The WRU has warned players at all levels to be vigilant about what they consume after two club level players were banned from all sport by UK doping authorities.

Merthyr RFC player Owen Morgan and Greg Roberts of Glynneath RFC both tested positive for traces of different prohibited substances during seperate SWALEC Division 1 West games last season.

The pair have been banned from all sport for four and two years after failing in-competition tests.

That has prompted the Welsh Rugby Union to urge players right across the leagues to be wary of anything they take that could contravene anti-doping rules.

“The Welsh Rugby Union has issued a strong warning to players at all levels of the game to ensure they train and compete cleanly for the good of the game following suspensions of two players for anti-doping rule violations.”

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