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By-election process begins following Carl Sargeant's death

The by-election process has begun following the death of the former Welsh Government minister Carl Sargeant.

Mr Sargeant was found dead at his home on 7th November Credit: PA Images

Mr Sargeant was found dead at his home in Connah's Quay two weeks ago.

As required by the Assembly's rules, the Presiding Officer, Elin Jones, has formally declared a vacancy in his Alyn and Deeside constituency.

Those same rules require that a by-election should be held within three months of the seat becoming vacant which means that a new Assembly Member must be chosen by February 7th 2018.

It's thought that a date set for a vote won't be set until after Mr Sargeant's funeral which will take place on December 1st.

Written statement formally declaring a vacancy in Alyn And Deeside

Rhys Priestland does not expect to retain number 10 shirt for All Blacks clash

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Rhys Priestland feels that it will be "a big surprise" if he is involved in Wales' clash against world champions New Zealand next Saturday.

Priestland, though, could not have done a lot more as a shining light of Wales' gloomy display in beating Six Nations wannabes Georgia 13-6.

The All Blacks have beaten Wales 29 times in succession and are undefeated against them since December 1953.

Gatland will be widely expected to recall Dan Biggar in the number 10 shirt, plus stars like full-back Leigh Halfpenny, lock Alun Wyn Jones and number eight Taulupe Faletau as Wales face what will be a Herculean task.

It will be a big surprise if I am involved... I am not too sure how much of a bearing this game (Georgia) will have... There were a lot of changes for this game, and there will be a lot of changes again.

We have been in this situation before when we have perhaps under-performed in the game against a tier two nation and everyone is doom and gloom.

And then, changes happen and the boys up their game, because if you don't up your game against the All Blacks it is going to be a very tough day at the office. I don't think this will have much of a bearing... to be honest.

– Rhys Priestland, Wales International

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Chris Coleman to leave Wales for Sunderland

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Chris Coleman has resigned as Wales manager and is set to take over at Sunderland.

The 47-year-old is expected to be confirmed as Simon Grayson's successor within the coming hours.

Coleman was in charge for the 49th time as Panama's stoppage-time equaliser denied Wales victory in a 1-1 draw in Cardiff on Tuesday night.

Talks over Coleman's future as Wales manager have been ongoing, with his contract due to finish at the end of the month.

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