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Welsh tributes paid to Jonah Lomu, who dies aged 40

Tributes are being paid to All Black wing Jonah Lomu, who's died at the age of 40.

Lomu in action against Wales in 1997. Credit: Michael Steele/EMPICS Sport

The New Zealand legend played 10 games for the Cardiff Blues between 2005 and 2006.

WRU Chief urges greater vigilance on rugby doping

The head of the Welsh Rugby Union says doping bans for two club-level Welsh players serve “ as a strong warning to everyone in the game that non-compliance with anti-doping rules carries grave consequences.”

Merthyr RFC player Owen Morgan and Greg Roberts of Glynneath RFC both tested positive for traces of different prohibited substances during separate SWALEC Division 1 West games last season and have been banned from all sport for two and four years respectively.

The WRU launched a new country-wide initiative last year to highlight the dangers for players at all levels that intentional and unintentional doping violations bring whilst also providing information for players and coaches as to the rules surrounding the issue.

Those warnings though went seemingly unheard by the two latest players to be found in breach of the regulations, something Phillips hopes will serve as a stark reminder as to the dangers doping presents to anyone involved in the game.

“There is no place for doping within sport, and it certainly doesn’t fit in with the values of rugby union. Whether intentional, or inadvertent, players have a responsibility to themselves, to each other, to their clubs and to the sport to act within the rules and spirit of the game.

“We work closely with UK Anti-Doping and fully adhere to the World Anti-Doping Code. There is no room in the code for carelessness or not knowing, and players are encouraged to check the prohibited lists, found via the WRU website which include over-the-shelf medication and supplements.

“We want to rid our game of these practices and we encourage anyone who has any intelligence of doping taking place to call the WRU or UKAD and help protect our game.”


WRU warn over use of banned substances

The WRU has warned players at all levels to be vigilant about what they consume after two club level players were banned from all sport by UK doping authorities.

Merthyr RFC player Owen Morgan and Greg Roberts of Glynneath RFC both tested positive for traces of different prohibited substances during seperate SWALEC Division 1 West games last season.

The pair have been banned from all sport for four and two years after failing in-competition tests.

That has prompted the Welsh Rugby Union to urge players right across the leagues to be wary of anything they take that could contravene anti-doping rules.

“The Welsh Rugby Union has issued a strong warning to players at all levels of the game to ensure they train and compete cleanly for the good of the game following suspensions of two players for anti-doping rule violations.”


Nigel Owens' home village marks World Cup final honour

Residents of Nigel Owens' home village have honoured his World Cup Final achievement.

A picture posted online by Nigel shows residents of Mynyddcerrig, near Carmarthen, underneath a banner congratulating him on being made referee for rugby's most prestigious match.

On seeing the banner, he said it brought "a tear to my eye".

Former Wales international says Gatland's side lacks 'cutting edge'

John Devereux, a former international rugby player for Wales and the British and Irish Lions, has told ITV News that the Wales team need to look at why they lack that 'cutting edge'.

The former right-wing, who played for the national side between 1986 and 1989, also criticised the style of play Warren Gatland has brought to the side.

Watch Devereux's full interview below:

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