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Wales to play three tests in New Zealand

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The WRU says Warren Gatland's side will travel to New Zealand next summer and face the reigning World Champions in three test matches.

The matches will be played in Auckland, Wellington and Dunedin.

Wales toured New Zealand in 2010, when they lost two tests in Hamilton and Dunedin.

Surf Snowdonia: "Wales's biggest bath"

Our North Wales reporter Rob Shelley has been watching Surf Snowdonia's indoor lagoon fill up with water today.

Two pipes are filling up Wales's largest bath Credit: ITV Wales

The giant lake will cover the equivalent of eight football pitches and will give surfers a place to hit the waves that isn't dependent on tides.

He writes:

Stretched out over what used to be the old Dolgarrog Aluminium plant, right now two giant pipes are filling their version of Wales' biggest bath: it'll take 15 hours before the concrete disappears to be replaced by a still blue surface - which when you add the massive engine and bits of jiggery and pokery that are commercially sensitive, will make the only indoor surfing facility of its kind in the world

– Rob Shelley, North Wales Reporter
An indoor surfing lagoon equivalent to eight football pitches Credit: ITV Wales

It's filling up (literally) now: it all opens on August the first, so there's no point in turning up with a surfboard and an optimistic look till then. But the man masterminding it all - former Army Colonel Steve Davies, compares it to a parachute begin your descent and then you realise that the earth is rushing up towards you - three weeks is quite a deadline, but they're bang on schedule.

And between this, Zipworld, Bounce Below and the possibility of some of Wales' most challenging climbs, it could be possible to exhaust a lifetime's worth of adrenaline in just one week in Wales....

– Rob Shelley


Wales expected to make top ten in FIFA rankings

Wales are expected to be named as the 10th best national side in the world when the FIFA rankings are released today.

Wales recently beat Belgium 1-0. Credit: PA

This will put our team higher than the typical footballing powerhouses like France, Spain and Italy.

The announcement will highlight a remarkable rise for Chris Coleman's men, who just four years ago were 117th, below nations such as Guatemala and Haiti.

Wales recently defeated Belgium in a Euro 2016 qualifier - a side who are currently ranked 2nd in the world behind World Cup winners Germany.

That victory left them top of their qualification group and in pole position to qualify for their first international championships in over 60 years.


New deal for Shelvey

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Jonjo Shelvey has signed a new four-year contract at Swansea.

23 year-old Shelvey, who was capped once by England, has made 77 appearances and scored nine goals since joining Swansea from Liverpool for £5million in the summer of 2013.

The midfielder had two years left on his original deal but has penned fresh terms that will see him remain at the Liberty until the summer of June 2019

– Official Swansea City website
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