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Heseltine joins scrutiny of Swansea city deal plans

Lord Heseltine meeting the Welsh Secretary Alun Cairns Credit: Office for the Secretary of State for Wales  

Plans for a scheme aimed at boosting Swansea and the surrounding areas will come under scrutiny by the Welsh Secretary and a former leading cabinet minister.

Alun Cairns and Lord Heseltine along with business and local authority leaders will go over the business case for what's known as the Swansea Bay City Region Deal.

Michael Heseltine, who was a cabinet minster in the governments of Margaret Thatcher and John Major, was born in Swansea.

Credit: PA, Ben Birchall

With discussions at an advanced stage, today’s challenge session is about putting the business case for the City Deal under the microscope so we are absolutely clear about expectations.

It is hugely helpful to have an expert in regeneration projects like Lord Heseltine to help with the task. He has years of experience in overseeing projects that really breathe new life into communities, and he is well practiced in seeing the vision turn into reality on the ground.

– Alun Cairns MP, Welsh Secretary

Taulupe Faletau could face bench action against Scotland

Taulupe Faletau in action against England. Credit: David Davies/PA Archive/PA Images

It says everything about Wales' current back-row riches that Taulupe Faletau could be on the bench for next Saturday's RBS 6 Nations clash against Scotland.

Number eight Faletau has provided a world-class presence for Wales since being handed his Test debut in 2011, making 60 starts during a 63-cap international career.

But the Bath forward's injury-hit season opened a door for Gloucester prospect Ross Moriarty, who underlined his quality with a memorable performance in Wales' 21-16 loss to England nine days ago.

With flankers Sam Warburton and Justin Tipuric also in prime form - and Faletau now fully fit and playing - Wales boss Rob Howley faces an intriguing four-into-three selection challenge later this week.

Ross is playing really well at the moment, and so are the other two.

We work for each other, and whoever plays is worthy of playing. And to be honest, those three right now are playing really well.

The boys are playing well at the moment, and it is down to the coaches to pick what team they pick.

– Taulupe Faletau, Wales back row


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