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Taulupe Faletau will 'thrive under pressure for places'

aulupe Faletau during the 2016 RBS Six Nations match at Twickenham. Credit: David Davies PA Archive/PA Images

Wales interim coach Rob Howley is backing number eight Taulupe Faletau to thrive amid the intense pressure created by a fierce battle for back-row places.

Faletau has missed out on a Wales starting berth for the second successive RBS 6 Nations game, with Howley retaining a back-row trio of Sam Warburton, Justin Tipuric and Ross Moriarty against Scotland at Murrayfield on Saturday.

Bath forward Faletau has won just three of his 63 caps off the bench, underlining what an integral figure he is in the Wales set-up, but Moriarty's performance in defeat to England 12 days ago made an irresistible selection case.

Any player will tell you that they want to be put under pressure and they want competition for places. We've got four world-class back-row forwards there, and it is genuinely a great headache to have, to have a world-class player on the bench.

I am sure it will drive Toby (Faletau) on. He hasn't missed many games and has been a constant in the national team.

He will be a constant in the (match-day) 23 for the future, and has a huge challenge with Ross, who has been outstanding.

– Rob Howley, Wales Interim Coach


Around 9,000 homes still without power in north Wales after Storm Doris brings strong winds

Credit: Twitter: @CarwynJones22

Scottish Power Energy Networks says the company has been working 'across the day' to respond to a high number of weather-related incidents across north and mid Wales due to wind gusts of up to 94mph caused by Storm Doris.

Around 60,000 customers were impacted by the high winds since midnight last night. The energy company says it has reconnected 51,000 homes today but there are currently 9,000 without power, with the majority in north Wales.

Engineers will continue to work to fix faults, but is anticipated that some homes in North Wales will remain off power overnight.

The storm force winds caused as many faults in three hours as SP Energy Networks would normally see in three months.

The biggest issue affecting the electricity network has been uprooted trees and other debris blown on to overhead power lines, which has caused damage and brought down the power lines in some areas.

Working conditions remained difficult across most of the day with high wind speeds and strong gusts.

– SP Energy Networks Statement

Storm Doris causes further collapse of Colwyn Bay pier

Storm Doris has caused a further collapse of the derelict Colwyn Bay pier Credit: Conwy County Borough Council

Storm Doris has caused a further collapse of the seaward end of Victoria Pier in Colwyn Bay.

A spokesperson for Conwy council said engineers and health & safety officers are monitoring the area closely and will inspect the structure at low tide, if it is safe to do so.

The derelict pier partially collapsed into the sea earlier this month.


Thousands without power as Storm Doris batters Wales

A fallen tree in Beaumaris Credit: @CarwynJones22

Scottish Power says thousands of customers across north Wales are currently without power after cables were blown down by Storm Doris.

It says the situation is "fluctuating" but engineers are currently working to restore connections.

Anglesey has been particularly affected with many business saying they have had to close.

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