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Rugby clubs pay tribute to Wales international Norkett

Tributes continue to be paid to a Wales rugby international who was killed in a two vehicle crash near Glynneath.

Elli Norkett won four caps for Wales. Credit: PA

20-year-old Elli Norkett died in the collision on the A4109, Inter Valley Road on Saturday.

She had been a student at Cardiff Metropolitan University and was in her final year studying sport development.

In a statement, the Ospreys called her a "talented rugby player and good human being", whilst the WRU said they were "deeply saddened" by the news.

A proud Osprey, rugby was her life and she was immensely proud to represent Swansea Ladies, Ospreys Women, Wales Women and Wales Sevens, as well as Cardiff Met University and Great Britain Students Sevens. At just 20 years old, she had her whole life in front of her. Not only was she a talented rugby player she was a good human being, probably the most important thing about her.

– Ospreys statement

We are deeply saddened to hear the tragic news about Elli Norkett. A talented, dedicated player and popular team-mate, Elli was a treasured member of the Welsh rugby family. Our thoughts are with her family and friends at this difficult time.

– Welsh Rugby Union spokesman

Other clubs and rugby figures took to Twitter to express their condolences, including international referee Nigel Owens.


Ospreys 29 - 7 Connacht

Ashley Beck scored Ospreys' fourth try Credit: PA photo

Rugby and the Ospreys went top of the Pro 12 table with a bonus point win over Connacht.

The Welsh side scored two tries in each half to beat the defending champions 29-7, but left it late to notch up their ninth bonus point of the season.

Steve Tandy's men - who saw off the Scarlets and Dragons over the Christmas period - had the better of the opening exchanges, No.8 Dan Baker crossing on 11 minutes.

Just minutes later Baker's back row colleague Ollie Cracknell got in on the scoring act, taking a flat pass from fly half Sam Davies to sprint home.

Davies - starting ahead of fellow Welsh international Dan Biggar - struck a penalty to extend the lead, before the Ospreys once again demonstrated their forward power, prop Nicky Smith burrowing over from short range.

Connacht finally got on the scoresheet, Sean O'Brien gathering when the ball went loose from a ruck. But Ashley Beck's last gasp try completed a fruitful afternoon for the home side.

FT: Dragons 0-10 Ospreys

Ospreys have beaten Dragons in the second Welsh derby of the day.

After a mostly scoreless second half, a Dan Biggar penalty extended the visitors' lead jut after 70 minutes. Despite efforts from the Dragons in the closing minutes of the game, it wasn't enough.

Final score: Dragons 0-10 Ospreys.

HT: Dragons 0-7 Ospreys

Newport Gwent Dragons are hosting Ospreys at a very muddy Rodney Parade in today's second Welsh derby.

The game was in doubt due to the condition of the pitch, but after three pitch inspections, it was deemed fit for play.

Jason Tipuric broke out to make it over the line to get the Ospreys their first try of the game, with the extra two points provided by a Dan Biggar conversion. Ospreys's Tom Habberfield was sent to the sin bin for tackling without arms, but it made no difference to the score.

Half time: Dragons 0-7 Ospreys.


Rhodri Jones to join the Ospreys

Rhodri Jones is tackled by Australia's Ben McCalman Credit: EMPICS Sport/EMPICS Sport

Scarlets tighthead prop Rhodri Jones will leave the region at the end of the season to join the Ospreys.

24-year-old Jones, from Machynlleth, made his Scarlets debut as a replacement in the Heineken Cup match against Leicester Tigers in October 2010.

He went on to make 16 appearances in his first season with the region. He made his 100th regional appearance in Friday evening’s victory over Edinburgh Rugby.

His Wales debut came in June 2012, against the Barbarians, at the Millennium Stadium.

It was an honour to have played my 100th game for the Scarlets last weekend and I will give my all to the region as we challenge for a PRO12 play-off position from now until the end of the season.

I’ve enjoyed my time at the Scarlets and would like to thank everyone for their help and support during my time here.

– Rhodri Jones
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