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Injury forces Dragons prop Way to retire

Newport Gwent Dragons prop Dan Way has retired from rugby with immediate affect as a result of a shoulder injury.

The 28-year-old has made over 100 appearances for the Dragons since joining five years ago. Credit: PA

“It’s very disappointing that I have been forced to retire from rugby. I’m grateful for the opportunity and the experiences I have been given during my time at the Region as it’s something that not many people get to do. I would like to thank my family and friends as well as the Dragons staff who have given me great support throughout this difficult time. I also want to thank all of the loyal fans that have made Rodney Parade such a fantastic place to play at. This year the squad are looking really promising especially looking at the youngsters coming through. I wish everyone involved at the Dragons the very best and a good season.”

– Dan Way

The 28-year-old has made over 100 appearances for the region since he joined in 2010 and had played for Pontypool, Blackwood and Newport before joining the Dragons.

“This is a tragic loss for us and Dan so close to the new season. We are all devastated for him. Dan has been a late developer growing from match to match; his shoulder injury became all too apparent in the last 6 weeks of the season. He has made a wise choice for his future health and we all wish him well.”

– Lyn Jones, Dragons Director of Rugby

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Health officials issue heatwave advice

Public Health Wales is reminding people take care in the sun as forecasters predict very hot weather for the next few days.

It says hot weather can cause heat exhaustion or heat stroke, which is more serious, as well as the risk of sunburn.

Public Health Wales is reminding people take care in the sun. Credit: PA

We know that the weather is forecast to be very hot over the next few days, and we want people to be careful that they don’t ruin their enjoyment of the sun by becoming unwell as a result of the outside temperatures.

By taking some simple steps to protect themselves and others, everyone can enjoy the sunshine while staying safe and well.

– Huw Brunt, Public Health Wales

People planning to be outside while the weather is hot are advised to:

  • Use sunscreen or sun block to reduce the risk of sunburn
  • Cover up with loose fitting clothes
  • Wear a hat to protect the head and sunglasses to protect the eyes
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Avoid direct sunlight between 12pm and 3pm (the hottest part of the day)

"It is also a good idea to check on elderly relatives, friends or neighbours who may be more vulnerable to the effects of the heat.

It’s also important to take care with children – you should always make sure they are wearing a high factor suncream and stay in the shade as much as possible.

The usual symptoms of heat exhaustion – which can become heat stroke if left untreated – include a headache, high temperature, dizziness, nausea, vomiting and muscle cramps.

If you are concerned that you or someone else has these symptoms, you should contact your GP or NHS Direct Wales on 0845 46 47."

– Huw Brunt, Public Health Wales
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