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Warren Gatland set for OBE honour

Gatland has led Wales to two Grand Slams. Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Archive/PA Images

Warren Gatland is among those being honoured at an investiture ceremony at Windsor Castle today.

The 51-year-old New Zealander, who has been in charge of the Wales rugby union side since 2007, will be made an OBE.

After learning he had been selected for the honour for services to rugby, Gatland said in June that he was "absolutely over the moon".

Rugby player given three-year ban for using steroids

A rugby player has been suspended from all sport for three years for taking steroids.Christopher Edwards, 29, who plays for Tredegar in WRU League Two East, committed two violations for the possession and sue of anabolic steroids.

The UK Anti-Doping organisation says he committed two violations for the possession and use of anabolic steroids. He's been banned from all competition until April 2017.

Here, the panel recognised the player possessed and used a substance containing multiple anabolic steroids and this, combined with his failure to promptly admit the violations, has led to an aggravated suspension of three years.

– Graham Arthur, UK Anti-Doping

An investigation was launched after Mr Edwards offences were reported by a member of the public.


London Welsh return to Top Flight

Justin Burnell and his players celebrate their play-off victory Credit: PA photo

London Welsh have returned to the English Premiership after a year's absence, following a 28-48 aggregate win (20-21 on the night) over Bristol. Welsh's narrow win at the Memorial ground followed last week's home 27-8 victory.

The hosts had managed to reduce Welsh's aggregate lead to just eight points courtesy of tries from Andy Short, Mitch Eadie and Adam Hughes. But formers Blues fly half Nicky Robinson missed a possible 13 points in front of the posts, and two late scores from the visitors sealed a famous win.

It means London Welsh and their coach Justin Burnell - another graduate of Cardiff Arms Park - can begin preparing for life back in the top flight, a year after they were relegated.

England U20s 67 - 7 Wales U20s

Wales' Under 20s suffered a crushing defeat against their English counterparts. The home side outscored the visitors by ten tries to one, leading 38 nil at half time. Flanker Gus Jones crossed four times for England. A late penalty try and conversion was all Wales had to show for their efforts.


England: Taylor, Thacker (2), Jones (4), Kibirige, Lundberg, Itoje; Convs: Burns (6), Olver; Pen: Burns

Wales: Try: Penalty; Conv: Price.


Ireland U20s 0 - 16 Wales U20s

The Under 20s got Wales' Six Nations weekend off to the best possible start, keeping their Irish counterparts scoreless in Athlone. In difficult conditions, it was only an Ethan Davies penalty that separated the sides at half time.

But Wales dominated after the break, 8 more points from the boot of Davies plus a Steffan Hughes try giving the visitors a thoroughly deserved victory, and maintaining their 100 per cent victory in the championship so far.

Wales: Try: Hughes, Con: Davies, Pens: Davies (3)

Chiefs run riot over Blues in Heineken Cup

Harry Robinson was one of Blues' try scorers Credit: Tim Ireland/PA Wire

Cardiff Blues were left rattled in the first-half of their Heineken Cup opener, after Exeter Chiefs scored five first-half tries, including three in a five minute spell.

The Blues mounted a second-half comeback, securing a try-scoring bonus point for their effort, but had left their charge too late as Exeter claimed a 44-29 victory.

Their first try came with 25 minutes to play, when scrum-half Lloyd Williams picked up from the base of a ruck to race 25 metres to the line and Leigh Halfpenny adding the conversion. An opportunist try from replacement back row Robin Copeland gave the Blues their second.

Blues flanker Sam Warburton during the hard-fought game at Sandy Park Credit: Tim Ireland/PA Wire

Alex Cuthbert's try was awarded after the referee consulted the TMO, but Halfpenny's conversion attempt hit the far upright. Harry Robinson gave the visitors their try-scoring bonus point with his effort.

Exeter Chiefs 44-29 Cardiff Blues (FT)

The Blues fought back in the second half with tries from Lloyd Williams, Robin Copeland, Alex Cuthbert and Harry Robinson, but the victory went to the home side. Exeter Chiefs 44-29 Cardiff Blues.

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