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Dan Lydiate still hurting from Six Nations defeat to England

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Dan Lydiate has admitted that Wales still feel the pain of their Six Nations no-show against England that arguably cost them this season's title.

Lydiate and company return to Twickenham on Sunday for another appointment with their fierce rivals.

This time, there will be no Six Nations points at stake, just important preparation before Wales head off on a demanding three-Test mission against the world champion All Blacks in New Zealand.

We've got a chance now to play against the Grand Slam-winning side, and the boys are really looking forward to it.

We are still scratching our heads now about the first-half. It was tough watching it back, and nobody wants to feel like we did after that game again. We've just got to make sure our preparation is right and we fly into the game.

All credit to England, they flew into us and we were found wanting. We weren't at the races at all.

– Dan Lydiate, Wales Flanker


71% of ambulances reached 'most urgent' calls within eight minutes in March

The Welsh Ambulance Service says ambulance response times exceeded targets in March.

71.% of emergency responses to 'red' calls arrived within 8 minutes, above the target of 65%.

A spokesperson said performance ranged from 56.1% in Powys to 80.3% in Cardiff & Vale.

  • There were 35,450 emergency calls, an average of 1,182 per day, 9.8% down on the daily average for March 2016.
  • Of the total, 1,609 (4.5%) were classed as red, 21,858 (61.7%) were amber and 11,983 (33.8%) were green.

Chris Coleman wary of Jamie Vardy ahead of England match

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Wales manager Chris Coleman is wary of the threat Jamie Vardy will pose in their Euro 2016 showdown with England.

Coleman said in March that England would offer no tactical surprises when the two countries meet in Lens on June 16.

But the quicksilver Vardy has since scored in England's last three games and Coleman accepts that Leicester's 24-goal Premier League winner has provided his opposite manager Roy Hodgson with another attacking dimension.

Vardy is a good player. I was a defender myself and you don't want to be running back to your own goal the whole time.

He's like Craig Bellamy, all he wanted to do was run in behind. I don't care if you are the best defender on the planet and are quick, you don't want him (Vardy) running behind you all the time.

But where he comes from (non-league), and how he plays his football, he is very much old school. It's hard not to like him

– Chris Coleman, Wales Manager


Paolo Nutini to perform in aid of bereaved Welsh teenager

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Paolo Nutini is to play a one-off show in Newport this July in memory of the late Bevlee Jones and in aid of her 13-year-old son - Ieuan .

Earlier this year, 34-year-old Mum, Bevlee Jones, passed away unexpectedly in the night. Her distraught 13-year-old son took it upon himself to give his mum the best funeral possible.

Bevelee was a huge Paolo Nutini fan, so Ieuan appealed to Paolo through Facebook, asking the singer to play at his Mum’s funeral. Paolo was away in Europe at the time but Paolo wanted to offer his support to Ieuan and his family.

Profits from the show will go into a trust fund set up for Ieuan.

When I heard of Ieuan's plea, it was with regret that I couldn't attend his mother’s funeral and do what he asked of me.

I wanted to help him in any way that I could and I feel like a concert in aid of Ieuan himself and in memory of his dear mother was the right way to do so.

– Paolo Nutini, singer/songwriter
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