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Wales wait on Dan Biggar's injury

Dan Biggar competes for the ball with Connor Murray Credit: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Wales could know more in the next 24 hours or so about fly-half Dan Biggar's prospects of facing RBS 6 Nations opponents Scotland next Saturday.

Biggar went off just 22 minutes into Wales' 16-16 draw with reigning Six Nations champions Ireland in Dublin.

He was replaced by Rhys Priestland, whose goalkicking helped haul Wales back into the contest from 13-0 adrift.

Dan has a high ankle sprain, so we will know more on that in the next 24 to 48 hours.

Whether he has got to be scanned or not, I don't know. It's difficult to make assessments so soon after the game.

I thought Rhys Priestland played well when he came on, and we were happy with his performance.

– Warren Gatland, Wales Head Coach

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Ireland and Wales draw in Six Nations opener

Wales have drawn their game against Ireland Credit: PA images

Wales have drawn 16 all against Ireland in their opener of the Six Nations.

In the second half Wales continued their resurgence with Rhys Priestland tying the game with an early penalty.

Just ten minutes to go and Jonny Sexton struck back.

Wales now must prepare against Scotland at the Principality Stadium next week.

Ireland hold narrow lead after action-packed first half

At half time Ireland lead Wales 13-10 in a pulsating opening Six Nations clash between the two sides.

Dan Biggar is out with an ankle injury. Credit: PA images

Ireland got the first points of the game courtesy of two Jonny Sexton penalties.

The home side also scored the game's first try through scrum-half Conor Murray.

Wales struggled in the opening 20 minutes with Dan Biggar going off early with an ankle injury.

But Taulupe Faletau went over just before the break helping to bring Wales back to within three points of the home side.

'Check before you travel' warns Network Rail ahead of Storm Imogen

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Network Rail has advised train passengers across South and West Wales to check before they travel as the regions brace for the arrival of Storm Imogen.

A yellow weather warning is in place from 3am on Monday morning until late afternoon with weather forecasters predicting strong winds and heavy rain.

Cautionary speed restrictions will be in place on lines across South and West Wales.

Network Rail's frontline teams are on alert, ready to tackle any problems the storm may cause to the railway.

We are drafting in additional teams in preparation for Storm Imogen’s arrival and our advice to passengers is to check before you travel, by visiting www.nationalrail.co.uk.

– Network Rail spokesperson

The heavy rainfall across South Wales on Saturday saw flooding at a number of locations with temporary line closures and speed restrictions affecting journeys.

Network Rail workers have been out in force clearing drainage systems of debris, but with rain falling on already saturated ground, there is the potential for localised flooding.

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UKIP councillor in candidate row removed from list

Kevin Mahoney had criticised UKIP's selection process Credit: ITV Wales News

The UKIP councillor who criticised the party's plans for the selection of regional candidates in the Assembly election is no longer on the list of candidates. I understand that disciplinary action was taken against Kevin Mahoney for going public with his concerns about 'cronyism' in the selection process.He'd said he would resign if former Conservative MPs Mark Reckless and Neil Hamilton along with UKIP press officer Alexandra Phillips were included on regional lists.

UKIP has said that party members in Wales will be given the final say on the order in which candidates are ranked. You can see the party's leader in Wales Nathan Gill explaining the decision here.

Kevin Mahoney has issued a statement after learning of the disciplinary action at a meeting on Saturday.

It is with great regret that I must honour the pledge that I gave on national television recently that out of a sense of preserving my own personal integrity and honesty I will not associate myself with those personalities described in the media, as candidates, who have been parachuted into Wales by the UKIP hierarchy in order to leapfrog local Welsh-based activists on the regional list for the May Assembly election.

I have regularly placed on record that, along with the majority of the British public, I despise the political class from all parties. I loathe their sense of entitlement and the fact that they arrogantly view local voters as being there for their own political career enhancement, hence the cynical and parasitical hopping from constituency to constituency, pledging their undying love for any area whose constituency party will accept them as their candidate. I had hoped that UKIP would rise above the political cronyism that has always infected the other parties, but I’m afraid that this is not the case.

I am delighted that my public stand against the political cronyism within UKIP and its national and Welsh leadership has resulted in a forcing of the decision to give the entire membership of Wales a vote on the list order which had been previously been denied to them.

– Cllr Kevin Mahoney
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