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Blues prop Jones completes move to Harlequins

Former Wales prop Adam Jones has completed his move from Cardiff Blues to Harlequins.

Jones retired from Test rugby earlier this year. Credit: PA

The 34-year-old, who retired from Test rugby earlier this season, won 95 caps for Wales during an international career that also saw him play in five Tests for the British and Irish Lions.

"I am really excited about this new challenge. I have enjoyed my year with the Blues, and I am thankful to the board and Mark Hammett (former Blues rugby director) for giving me a go...Contrary to media reports in Wales, I have had options here, but Harlequins is an ambitious and progressive club with good values. Everyone who is there, or who has been there, loves it."

– Adam Jones, Harlequins

Jones only moved to the Blues this season following an 11-year stint with the Ospreys.

Jones will join fellow new recruit - former Australia captain James Horwill - at the Twickenham Stoop next term, while Quins have also strongly been linked with a move for Wales centre Jamie Roberts, who currently plies his trade with French club Racing Metro.

"We are absolutely delighted to have secured Adam's services...Not only is it apparent that Adam wants to keep going for some time to come, but the work he will do in supporting and pushing our young tightheads Kyle Sinckler, Will Collier and Matt Shields will benefit us for years to come. He is a world-class prop, and we cannot wait to get him involved. I am sure he will become an instant hit with our supporters."

– Conor O'Shea, Harlequins Rugby Director


Robert Earnshaw retires from international football

Welsh striker Robert Earnshaw has announced his retirement from international football.

He was renowned for his somersault goal-scoring celebrations Credit: PA

The 33 year old scored 16 goals for Wales, and has won 58 caps.

It comes after he signed a one-year deal for Major League Soccer side Vancouver Whitecaps.

Earnshaw is joint sixth on Wales' all-time list of scorers with Cliff Jones and Mark Hughes.

It has been a dream come true to have the opportunity to walk out in front of the whole nation and represent Wales in so many important games.

I am honoured and proud to play for my country for over a decade. I am also extremely thankful for the support I've received over the years from all my Welsh team-mates, coaches and staff and will be forever grateful because I know I've been in a position that millions dream of.

I gave it my all in every minute and shared all the jubilations of scoring goals with the people of Wales. The pleasure has truly been all mine.

– Robert Earnshaw

Originally from Zambia, Earnshaw made his name at Cardiff after growing up in Caerphilly.

On the international front he earned cult status by netting a debut winner against Germany in 2002, and scored a hat-trick in a 4-0 victory over Scotland nearly two years later.

Team mates back Bale after criticism

Gareth Bale's Wales team mates say he is unfazed by criticism levelled at him in Spain.

All smiles: Bale in training for the national side earlier. Credit: PA

The world's most expensive player has been the centre of supporters anger in recent weeks following what some have perceived as a run of under par performances leading up to Sunday's 2-1 El Clasico defeat to Barcelona.

Bale was the target of fans anger following Sunday's game after having a goal disallowed in an otherwise quiet performance.

However his Wales team mates have rallied to his support saying their is no sign of a lack of confidence ahead of Saturday's Euro 2016 qualification clash with Israel.

Bale all smiles as he trains for Wales ahead of qualifier

Gareth Bale put any domestic problems at Real Madrid to one side as he took to training in Cardiff today, ahead of Wales' crucial Euro 2016 qualifier with Israel this weekend.

Bale in good spirits at Wales' training ground in Cardiff this morning. Credit: ITV Wales News

The winger from Whitchurch was heavily criticised for his performance in Madrid's 2-1 defeat to arch rivals Barcelona on Sunday - so much so fans reportedly attacked his car as he left the club's training ground.

But Bale cut a much happier figure as he joined up with the national side, who stand a genuine chance of qualifying for next year's tournament in France.

Manager Chris Coleman has named a strong squad to take on Israel in Haifa on Saturday, with Bale named alongside Arsenal star Aaron Ramsey and Swansea centre-back Ashley Williams.

Wales are a point and a place behind Group B leaders Israel and will look to top the group come the end of the weekend.


Running short? Newport Half Marathon measures under

The Newport Half Marathon was over 600 metres shorter than it should've been. Credit: City of Newport Half Marathon

The Newport Half Marathon was over 600 metres shorter than it should've been, its been confirmed.

After a series of concerns following the race on the 1st March, the course was remeasured and found to be 636 metres under the required 13.1 miles.

Phil Cook of the Association of UK Course Measurers confirmed the actual distance after remeasuring the course on Wednesday.

Bale should "come back to the Premier League"

Gareth Bale should look to move back to the Premier League if he continues to receive abuse from Real Madrid fans, according to former Welsh international Iwan Roberts.

Bale has endured a frustrating second season in Spain. Credit: PA

The 25-year-old has come under serious scrutiny in Spain for what has been perceived as a dip in form - with supporters even attacking his own car following Madrid's defeat to Barcelona yesterday.

Bale will now link up with Wales for their weekend European Championship qualifier with Israel and Roberts believes he could soon be back in Britain permanently if his Madrid career continues to be stunted by crowd abuse.

Bale has put in fine performances for Wales in recent months. Credit: PA

"It can't be nice for him...He is still a young lad and if he is still getting the stick he has been getting over the last four or five months now, come to somewhere people appreciate you...He has got a strong mentality and only time will tell but he doesn't deserve the treatment he has been getting...He had a great first season last year - he scored the second goal in the Champions League final, scored a great goal in the Spanish Cup yet they have not really taken to him and I'm not sure why...I do think he gets harshly treated in the Bernabeu - maybe it will take for Gareth to move away (for that to stop)."

– Iwan Roberts

Birmingham City apology after fan 'trouble' at Cardiff

South Wales and West Midlands Police have launched an investigation along with Birmingham City Football Club following crowd trouble at the weekend game between the two clubs at Cardiff City Stadium.

Birmingham City's Nathan Dyer has a shot on goal. Credit: PA

In a statement issued on Monday Birmingham City said that although it was a small minority involved, it nonetheless did not tolerate any form of crowd disorder among supporters.

The club recognise an incident took place involving a very small minority of the 1,582 Blues supporters who watched the team at the Cardiff City Stadium. The club gives its full backing to the Police and we will take action against any person who is found to have committed an offence during this incident.

– Birmingham City

Birmingham apologised to Cardiff fans and their families for any hurt or distress caused by the action of what it called "a mindless few".

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