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Swansea rumoured to have targeted Giggs as Manager

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It's being reported in the newspapers and online this morning that Francesco Guidolin is fighting to save his job as Swansea Manager after it emerged the club has targeted Ryan Giggs to replace him.

According to The Daily Telegraph, 'Huw Jenkins, the Swansea chairman, is understood to have considered approaching Giggs over the prospect of succeeding Guidolin before the move was blocked by the club’s new American owners.'

Wales prop Tomas Francis set for two weeks on the sidelines

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Wales prop Tomas Francis has been banned for two weeks after admitting a charge of kicking. The 24-year-old Wales Exeter player was ruled to have committed a "low-end offence" in kicking Danny Care and making contact with the Harlequins player's head in Exeter's 36-25 win on Saturday.

The Rugby Football Union announced the punishment for Francis, who was sent off by referee Matthew Carley for the offence which occurred late in the Aviva Premiership match.He will miss matches against Bristol and Northampton.

The panel found this a low-end offence due to the fact that it was a glancing reckless contact between Francis' shin and the back of Danny Care's head which caused no injury.

– Gareth Graham, RFU Disciplinary panel chairman


FT: Swansea City 1 - 2 Manchester City

Swansea City have left the EFL cup after losing 1-2 to Manchester City.

Manchester City's Jesus Navas (centre) takes a shot during the EFL Cup, Third Round match at the Liberty Stadium, Swansea Credit: Nick Potts/PA Wire

They were hosting the current cup holders at the Liberty Stadium, and despite a late goal from Sigurdsson it wasn't enough to match the two from Pep Guardiola's men.

Matt Sherratt to join Wales' coaching staff for Autumn series

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Cardiff Blues attack and backs coach Matt Sherratt is to work with Wales during their four-Test autumn series in November. The Welsh Rugby Union announced that 40-year-old Sherratt will work as Wales backs coach, combining that role with his job at the Blues.

Wales face Australia in Cardiff on November 5, followed by successive home appointments at the Principality Stadium with Argentina, Japan and South Africa.

Sherratt joined the Blues from Aviva Premiership club Bristol ahead of this season. He previously worked at Worcester.Sherratt will join a Wales coaching group headed by Rob Howley for this season, with Howley stepping up due to Warren Gatland being on British and Irish Lions business ahead of next summer's New Zealand tour.

I am delighted to bring Matt on board to the coaching team. We have a very experienced international coaching team, and I believe Matt will complement what we have in place really well.

He is young in age, but an experienced coach, and has earned the respect of players and coaches wherever he has been. He will be a big asset to us.

It is great that we are able to bring a regional coach on board for this period, and I would like to thank Cardiff Blues and (Blues head coach) Danny Wilson for their support and for allowing Matt to work with us.

– Rob Howley, Wales Head Coach

Swansea target success against cup holders Manchester City

Swansea City will look for a confidence boosting victory over Manchester City in the third round of the EFL Cup tonight to relieve pressure on manager Francesco Guidolin.

Swansea City manager Francesco Guidolin Credit: Simon Galloway/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The Swans are winless in the Premier League since the opening day of the season and sit one point off the relegation zone, following a 1-0 defeat to Southampton at the weekend.

Striker Oliver McBurnie scored twice in Swansea's 3-1 victory over Peterborough United in the second round of the EFL Cup.

Record signing Borja could make his first start for the club, while Wales international Neil Taylor is set to feature for the clash at the Liberty Stadium. The 27-year-old has not featured for the Swans since being substituted before half-time in the 2-2 draw with Chelsea.


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ParalympicsGB pose for photos with BA flight crew

Natasha Baker MBE won three gold medals in Rio. Credit: British Airways

These are the latest pictures from the British Airways crew bringing ParalympicsGB home from Rio.

Gold medalists Natasha Baker MBE and Dame Sarah Storey were among those proudly posing for photos with the crew.

The flight is due to land back in the UK on Tuesday morning.

Georgie Hermitage (second right) won two gold medals in Rio. Credit: British Airways
Dame Sarah Storey won three golds in Rio - and has 14 overall. Credit: British Airways
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British Airways crew prepare to fly Paralympic team home

Members of the flight crew who will bring the team home. Credit: BA

Members of the British Airways flight crew bringing the ParalympicsGB team home have been preparing for their arrival.

Celebratory bunting has been put up in the cabin which will host the team, who won 64 gold medals in Rio.

The flight is due to land back in the UK on Tuesday morning.

Union Jack bunting has been put up in the cabin. Credit: BA
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ParalympicsGB team enjoy VIP treatment on flight home

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