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Mike Phillips signs for Sale Sharks

Mike Phillips in action against Australia in 2012 Credit: David Jones/PA Wire

Sale Sharks say former Wales scrum half Mike Phillips has signed for them from Racing 92.

Philips was Wales' most capped number 9 winning 94 caps.

Mike will fit perfectly into our plans here at Sale Sharks. He is a big, powerful and very skillful player and has plenty of experience playing at the top level of the game.

Mike will be one of three ex Racing 92 players at the club next season alongside Brian Mujati and Juandre Kruger.

– Steve Diamond, Director of Rugby

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‘Debt free’ Dragons an incredible opportunity says CEO

Dragons CEO Stuart Davies believes the sale of the club is an ' incredible opportunity' Credit: Newport Gwent Dragons

A debt free Dragons up for sale is an ‘incredible opportunity’ according to the club’s CEO.

Stuart Davies has begun the search for a buyer after the current board decided to put the outfit on the open market in the hope that new investors can be found to take them forward.

As part of any deal Dragons Chairman Martyn Hazell has also confirmed that he’ll effectively write off money owed to him leaving them debt free.

And despite having little in the way of tangible assets like a ground or training facilities, as well as mounting financial pressures, Davies believes the package on offer is a brilliant chance for investors to get involved for one or more people.

Asked who he thinks could be interested Davies said:

“A high wealth individual obviously, if it’s going to be one person.

“It could be a collective as well who have a passion for Gwent or Welsh rugby, or sport at large who think ‘we just want to be the people who do this’ and get involved.

‘It’s a clean slate, it’s an incredible opportunity.

‘Essentially it’s the existing board saying if you’re the right people with the right plan, the right intentions for the region and the ability to deliver on it then we’ll hand it over.

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Full-time: Scarlets 24 - 15 Benetton Treviso

Scarlets 24 - 15 Benetton Treviso Credit: ITV News

The Scarlets have boosted their hopes of being in the Guinness Pro12 play-off's after a 24-15 win to Italian side Treviso this evening.

Early tries from Steffan Evans and James Davies, as well as two conversions from Aled Thomas gave them the lead in the first half.

Before a penalty kick and conversion from Dan Jones gave them the game.

WRU calls on Welsh public to 'Shape our Game'

Wales' two longest serving captains, Ryan Jones and Sam Warburton launch 'Shape our Game'. Credit: WRU

The WRU has launched a nationwide consultation asking people to ‘Shape our Game’ and provide feedback about Wales’ national sport via an online survey.

It says the consultation will provide the foundation for the most comprehensive and far reaching review of the male adult and youth community game since the first official game of rugby was recorded in Wales 150 years ago.

If you have an interest in rugby we want your input. Regardless of your age or gender we are looking for insights and opinions from across the board. Whether you are a player – current or retired - a parent, a volunteer, a teacher, coach, a community supporter or a stay-at-home fan your opinion counts.

We want to harness the passion and opinions that we know exist throughout Wales and use these to help shape the future of our national game.

– Ryan Jones, WRU Head of Participation
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