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New hybrid pitch unveiled at Millennium Stadium

The Millennium Stadium's new hybrid pitch has been officially unveiled by the Welsh Rugby Union.

The DESSO pitch - made from grass turf and synthetic material - replaces the old system of removable turf pallets, deemed unsuitable for the demands of modern rugby.

Head Groundsman Lee Evans, Wales scrum half Mike Phillips, Deputy Minister for Sport Ken Skates, WRU Chief Executive Roger Lewis and Groundsman Craig Campbell launch the new pitch at the Millennium Stadium Credit: Credit: WRU

Chief Executive Roger Lewis said the new pitch would transform the playing surface and enhance the worldwide reputation of the home of Welsh rugby.

It has been unveiled in time for Wales to take on Australia in the first of the Dove Men Series autumn international matches this Saturday.


Brownies' stadium sleepover to mark centenary

The Brownies are celebrating 100 years of Girl Guiding Credit: PA

Around 1,200 Brownies woke up at the Millennium Stadium today, after taking part in the biggest Brownie sleepover ever in Wales.

The Welsh Brownies are celebrating a very special birthday as the year 2014 marks 100 years of adventure, friendship, community action and fun as Girlguiding's most iconic section - the Brownies - turns 100.

Welsh brownies celebrate 100 years with sleepover

Sleeping bags packed! Credit: PA

More than 1,000 brownies will arrive at the Millennium Stadium this evening for Wales' largest sleepover.

It's being held to celebrate 100 years since the iconic section of the Girl Guides began.

The girls will enjoy a disco and tribute band before going to bed and will wake up to street magic and circus skills.

It's a chance for brownies from all over Wales to get together and celebrate with a special girl-only adventure.

World Cup 'unique opportunity' says WRU chairman

Rugby World Cup tickets will go on sale to the general public on 12th September*. *The announcement was made to mark 500 days until the tournament kicks off.

David Pickering, WRU chairman, said the world cup is a "unique opportunity."

Eight matches - including two of Wales' pool games and two quarter finals - will be played at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium. It'll be the fourth time Wales has played a part in hosting the tournament.

The countdown's started: 500 days to Rugby World Cup

An event marking 500 days until the start of the Rugby World Cup has been held at the Millennium Stadium this morning.

The stadium will host eight games during the tournament next summer.

First Minister Carwyn Jones AM and former Wales and British and Irish Lions players Scott Quinnell were among those at the event.


Three complete double marathon for cancer research

L-R Andrew Marzano, Matt Marzano and James Healey (pictured with Andrew's daughters) celebrate completing their 53-mile double marathon

Three rugby fans have run through the night to complete a double marathon in aid of cancer research.

Brothers Andrew and Matthew Marzano and their friend James Healey set off from the Parc y Scarlets stadium in Llanelli at midnight, arriving at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium before noon today - a distance of 53 miles.

However, they ended up running a total of 56 miles - after taking an accidental detour near Bridgend.

Andrew Marzano told ITV News: "We went three miles in the wrong direction. And three miles in the wrong direction when you're doing 53 miles is a long way!"

But he added: "Cancer research is a cause very close to our hearts. Cancer affects all families. Mine and Matthew's grandmother died of cancer and various friends and family have also suffered."

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Australia beat England in World Cup opener

England gave an encouraging display in the defeat to favourites Australia. Credit: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire

Australia fought back to beat England 28-20 in the opening match of the Rugby League World Cup at the Millennium Stadium.

Underdogs England led 10-0 through tries from Leroy Cudjoe and Ryan Hall, but the visitors dominated the second half of the group match.

First Minister hopes for Wales victory this afternoon

First Minister Carwyn Jones has taken to twitter saying he's hoping to see Wales take victory against Italy as they embark on their Rugby League World Cup 2013 campaign.

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