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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

Jenkins, Davies and Turnbull fly home from New Zealand

Jenkins was injured in the second Test. Credit: David Davies/PA Archive/PA Image

Gethin Jenkins and Bradley Davies have been ruled out of Wales' third Test against New Zealand in Dunedin on Saturday.

The two players have flown home with Josh Turnbull after both picking up injuries in the 36-22 second Test defeat against the All Blacks last weekend.

Turnbull suffered his problem in last week's loss to the Chiefs. Loosehead prop Jenkins suffered a calf injury in the warm-up in Wellington but played the majority of the game.

Lock Davies suffered a knee injury after coming on as a second-half replacement for Luke Charteris. Wales name their team for the third Test on Thursday morning.


Ramsey and Bale spotted in zoo resting after yesterday's match

Football fever has reached Folly Farm in Pembrokeshire ... in the form of guinea pigs.

Aaron Ramsey and Gareth Bale having a rest after yesterday's match. Credit: Folly Farm

The zoo has just received four long-haired guinea pigs and decided to celebrate yesterday's win by naming them Chris Coleman, Neil Taylor, Aaron Ramsey and Gareth Bale.

In fact, guinea pig Gareth may have hair long enough for a top knot!

New arrivals L-R Chris Coleman, Neil Tayloe, Aaron Ramsey and Gareth Bale. Credit: Folly Farm

Wales enjoyed one of the greatest games in their football history as they brushed aside Russia to win, top their group and secure a place in the last 16 of Euro 2016.

Manager Chris Coleman munching on a piece of broccoli. Credit: Folly Farm

No trouble in Toulouse following Wales game

Police have praised football fans in Toulouse after the Wales v Russia game which took place in the city.

Wales' game was labelled 'high risk' by French authorities and extra police were even brought in for the match.

But no problems were reported after the game either in the stadium or off the pitch according to the Welsh forces in France.

Only celebrations following a historic night for Chris Coleman's men who secured the points they needed to reach the final 16 of the tournament.

1.4 million fans tune in to ITV for Wales game

The Wales v Russia match on ITV Wales and ITV4 was watched by 1.4m viewers last night.

Wales enjoyed one of the greatest games in their football history as they brushed aside Russia to win, top their group and secure a place in the last 16 of Euro 2016.

1.4 million fans tune in to ITV for Wales game. Credit: PA

The audience peaked with 1.5m viewers across ITV Wales & ITV4, according to overnight BARB figures.

Wales beat Russia 3-0.

Aaron Ramsey and Neil Taylor gave Wales an early lead, while Gareth Bale scored in the second half.

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