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FT- Ulster 25 - 20 Scarlets

Scarlets made the trip to Ulster this evening for their PRO12 challenge.

With Scarlets flanker John Barclay scoring the only try of the first half, Scarlets led 3-6, but Ulster came back fighting fit after the break to score three themselves.

Scarlets hooker Kevin Phillips scored the final try of the match, leaving it 25-20 to Ulster at the final whistle.

FT: Ospreys 9 - 9 Leinster

Ospreys took on Leinster in their PRO12 match this evening at the Liberty Stadium.

The Welsh side held on until the final minute leading 9-6, but a penalty for not releasing saw Leinster level the score.

Ospreys' only points came from Fly-Half Sam Davies who scored a drop goal and two conversions.


Ice hockey: Is this the best goal of the year?

Cardiff Devils forward Chris Culligan may have bagged himself one the highest accolades in ice hockey - with a goal even the NHL believes could be the best in the world this year.

Culligan's skilful finish against Coventry Blaze has been widely heralded as a front-runner for Goal of the Year after he miraculously kept control of a bobbling puck, before rounding defenders and the goaltender to pull the puck backwards into the net - all while falling over.

The feat could now land Culligan the world-wide honour come the end of the season.


Howley hails 'exceptional' North

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Rob Howley has hailed Wales star George North's "exceptional" ability as he prepares to set a new world record in Saturday's RBS 6 Nations showdown against France.

At 22, North will become the youngest player in international rugby union history to make 50 Test match appearances - 47 for Wales and three as a British and Irish Lion.

Saturday's Paris clash also marks a return to action three weeks after taking two heavy blows to his head during the 21-16 home defeat against England.

Although Northampton wing North was not concussed, he still followed graduated return-to-play protocols and Wales decided to rest him for their Murrayfield appointment with Scotland 11 days ago.

North's comeback is among four changes from the side that saw off Scotland, with Wales heading to Stade de France knowing that a fourth successive victory over Les Bleus would keep them in Six Nations title contention.

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He is an exceptional player. George scored the last time we were out there (Paris) in 2013 and last year in Cardiff when they messed up at the back in defence. So he has a pretty good try-scoring record, and hopefully it will continue on the weekend.

It is a phenomenal record (50 Tests). If you think when we gave George his first cap back in 2010 against South Africa when he was just 18, and you look back at that performance at such a young age, he showed a maturity on the wing and the number of touches he had, scoring two great tries.

That's the question we want to keep asking of George.

– Rob Howley, Wales Assistant Coach

Bastareaud benched for game against Wales

Bastareaud played in France's defeat to Ireland. Credit: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Mathieu Bastareaud has been named as a sub for France's Six Nations match against Wales this weekend.

The Toulon centre has been dropped to the bench following France's 18-11 defeat to Ireland in the last round of games.

Wales' team to face Les Bleus was announced yesterday.

France's starting XV to play Wales:

Mathieu Bastareaud is only good enough for the bench this Saturday. Credit: FFRugby

Jimmy Dack appointed Newport County manager

Jimmy Dack has been appointed Newport County AFC's new manager until the end of the season.

Dack had been caretaker manager after Justin Edinburgh left Rodney Parade to take charge of League One Gillingham.

I would like to thank the Board and fans for their support over the last couple of weeks.

It's now time for us all to come together and get behind the team as we push for the playoffs.

It is vitally important that we make Rodney Parade our fortress and bring it back to the level it was earlier in the season. Once again thank you for your support.

– Jimmy Dack
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