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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

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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.

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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
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