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Euro 2016: Wales fans urged to drink responsibly

Emergency service workers are again urging football fans to drink responsibly, as Wales prepare to play in the last-16 of the Euros on Saturday.

Ambulance crews say they are prepared for any additional demand that might arise as a result of people overdoing it.

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We are not killjoys and we want everyone to be able to enjoy supporting Wales safely.

If you are supporting Wales on Saturday please enjoy yourself responsibly.

One way of doing this is to alternate alcoholic drinks with either water or a soft drink and to keep a track of how much you’ve consumed.

Also make sure you plan how you are getting home and look after your mates.

– Richard Lee, Welsh Ambulance Service

Free entry to Cadw sites to celebrate Wales' Euro 2016 campaign

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The Welsh Government is opening the doors, free of charge, to all of its directly-managed Cadw sites on Sunday 26 June to mark Wales’ historic achievement at reaching the Final 16 in the European 2016 Football Championship.

We entered this competition with a real feeling that qualification was just the start for this group of players and we were right.

From fan behaviour to Wales’ performance on the pitch, this tournament has captured the hearts and minds of this country and really helped to showcase to the rest of the world what Wales is truly capable of.

– Ken Skates AM, Economy and Infrastructur Secretary


Chris Coleman anticipating tough Paris showdown with Northern Ireland

Wales manager Chris Coleman expects to face a resilient Northern Ireland in their Battle of Britain at Euro 2016.

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The pair were thrown together for a last 16 tie when the Republic of Ireland pulled off a shock 1-0 victory over Italy to reach the same stage of the competition.

Robbie Brady's late header changed the dynamics of the second round draw as Turkey, who had been expected to play Group B winners Wales, were eliminated.

Northern Ireland, one of the four best third-placed teams, had been lined up to play against hosts France, but instead will now provide opposition for Wales at the Parc des Princes in Paris on Saturday evening.

Northern Ireland are more physical than Turkey. They get the ball forward quicker. That's where their strength is. They are superbly organised and defensively so difficult to break down. They are excellent from set plays.

– Chris Coleman, Wales Manager

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Gatland: Wales must cut out errors to beat New Zealand

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Warren Gatland believes the mistakes that have cost Wales so dearly in the first two Tests against world champions New Zealand can be easily rectified in Dunedin this weekend for the final game of the series.

Wales conceded three tries and 21 points in the final 15 minutes in Auckland and then shipped four tries and 26 points in 15 minutes in Wellington as they lost the series. But as well as conceding 10 tries over the two games to date, they have also scored five of their own.

Head coach Gatland wants his players to make one final push in a bid to end a run of 28 consecutive defeats against New Zealand over the past 63 years.

It's all about staying in the match. In both games to date we have seemed to switch off for five or 10 minutes and that has been hugely costly for us.

Those 10 minutes last weekend in Wellington when they scored three tries were very costly. The players have been hard on themselves and been pretty honest in identifying where we let ourselves down with mistakes.

Last Saturday the guys felt pretty good at half-time at 10-10, but about 10 minutes later New Zealand were scoring three tries. So, from a starting point of view, there are some real positives, but we must stop shooting ourselves in the foot. We have to make sure we are accurate all game

– Warren Gatland, Wales Head Coach

Evans and Francis to start in third test against New Zealand

Wales have made two front-row changes for the third test against New Zealand in Dunedin on Saturday, with Rob Evans and Tomas Francis making the starting XV.

Rob Evans and Tomas Francis come in for the third test against the All Blacks Credit: PA

Evans replaces Gethin Jenkins at loose-head with Jenkins returning to the UK earlier this week following a calf injury. Francis, who has come off the bench in both the first two test matches starts at tight-head with Samson Lee taking his place amongst the replacements.

The rest of the pack is unchanged from the second test in Wellington, with Luke Charteris and Alun Wyn Jones in the second-row and Ross Moriarty, captain Sam Warburton and Taulupe Faletau comprising the back-row.

Wales have named the same backline for the third test with Ospreys duo Rhys Webb and Dan Biggar at half-back and Jamie Roberts partnering Jonathan Davies in midfield. Hallam Amos, Liam Williams and Rhys Patchell make up the back-three.

We have played some good rugby in the first two tests and we want to finish the tour on Saturday with an 80 minute performance that we are happy with. We improved going into the second test and fought to the end and this weekend we have to have the belief and confidence that we can take the victory. Playing under the rood in Dunedin will be a great atmosphere and a quick track and we need to take our game to the All Blacks.

– Warren Gatland, Wales Head Coach

On the bench Aaron Jarvis and Samson Lee join Scott Baldwin as the front-row cover with Jake Ball and Ellis Jenkins completing the forward contingent. Gareth Davies, Rhys Priestland and Scott Williams are named as the backline cover.


Rhys Patchell (Cardiff Blues), Liam Williams (Scarlets), Jonathan Davies (Clermont Auvergne), Jamie Roberts (Harlequins), Hallam Amos (Newport Gwent Dragons), Dan Biggar (Ospreys), Rhys Webb (Ospreys), Rob Evans (Scarlets), Ken Owens (Scarlets), Tomas Francis (Exeter Chiefs), Luke Charteris (Racing 92), Alun Wyn Jones (Ospreys), Ross Moriarty (Gloucester), Sam Warburton (Cardiff Blues, CAPT), Taulupe Faletau (Newport Gwent Dragons).

Replacements: Scott Baldwin (Ospreys), Aaron Jarvis (Ospreys), Samson Lee (Scarlets), Jake Ball (Scarlets), Ellis Jenkins (Cardiff Blues), Gareth Davies (Scarlets), Rhys Priestland (Bath Rugby), Scott Williams (Scarlets).

Jade Jones to defend Olympic crown in Rio 2016

Jade Jones has been officially selected by Team GB for Taekwondo for the Rio Olympic Games.

The 23-year-old from Flint will be defending her Olympics Gold that she won in London in 2012.

Jade Jones won a gold medal at the 2012 London Olympics Credit: Nick Potts/PA Wire

It's a great honour to be picked for Great Britain at Rio 2016 and it gives me a real sense of pride.

Overall my preparation for the Games is going really well and things are coming together at the right time.

I'm going to Rio for gold and I'll be leaving everything on the mat so that I can come out of the ring and know I have given it my all.

– Jade Jones

Jade Jones burst onto the world sporting scene in London four years ago.

She was the youngest British gold medal winner at London 2012, at just nineteen.


Over 11,000 visit Cardiff Fanzone to watch Wales

Fans celebrate after Wales score against Russia. Credit: ITV Cymru Wales

Over 11,000 people have visited the Cardiff Fanzone to see Wales finish top of the table in the group stages of the Euros.

Last Thursday, 3,000 dedicated fans turned up to watch Wales play England, despite getting completely drenched.

But Wales supporters made themselves heard in Bute Park on Monday night with deafening goal celebrations after a 3-0 win over Russia.

Cardiff Council have therefore decided that the fanzone will open again on Saturday as Chris Coleman's team go onto the knock out stages.

Everyone is glued to the screen. Credit: ITV Cymru Wales

The family atmosphere has been fantastic so far and we hope as many as possible will join us on Saturday to cheer on our national team.

– Cardiff Council spokesperson

Assistant coaches sign new contracts with WRU

Wales attack coach Rob Howley. Credit: PA Images

Wales assistant coaches Rob Howley and Robin McBryde have signed new deals with the Welsh Rugby Union.

Their new contract will include the 2019 World Cup tournament in Japan.

Attack coach Howley and forwards specialist McBryde will remain part of Wales boss Warren Gatland's support staff.

Wales will finish their tour of New Zealand against the All Blacks on Saturday.

Wales Forwards Coach Robin McBryde.

Our current focus is of course, as always, on the next game, but we have a long-term objective and strategy, too. I think we all feel we have some unfinished business at the Rugby World Cup, and as Martyn Phillips has identified, a successful trip to Japan is the key over-reaching target for us all.

– Robin McBryde

We have a fantastic group of players in Wales, not just those on tour with us in New Zealand at the moment, but at home with the Under-20s and coming through in the regions, and I am really looking forward to building towards Japan.

– Rob Howley

Chester confident Wales can test anyone at Euro 2016

"..we're confident that we can make it difficult for anybody." Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

James Chester says Wales will test anyone at Euro 2016 if they reproduce the form which swept aside Russia.

Wales' 3-0 victory on Monday night saw them leapfrog England to take top spot in Group B and secure a last-16 tie with one of the best third-placed teams in Paris on Saturday evening.

It remains a complicated picture for Wales who will not discover their second-round opponents for another 24 hours, but the camp are in relaxed mood after spending a day with their families in Toulouse following the Russia rout.

Since I've been here and through the qualifying campaign it was always about the next game and not looking too far ahead.

That's put us in good stead so far, so I don't think we'll do any different.

We'll do our homework on the opposition and approach it the same as we would any other game.

– James Chester, Wales defender
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