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Gatland to name Wales v England warm up squad

Warren Gatland will announce his squad later for Wales' match against England on Sunday, May 29.

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The pre-tour warm-up game at Twickenham is Wales' last outing before they fly out for their three-test tour of New Zealand at the end of the month.

Wales will be without skipper Sam Warburton this weekend while he continues his recovery from a shoulder injury.

However, he is on course for the June 11th first Test against New Zealand in Auckland.

Lock Alun Wyn Jones is expected to make his comeback after overcoming a long-standing foot problem.

Assistant coach Robin McBryde has warned that the match is merely a stepping stone for bigger things ahead as they work towards playing the world champion All Blacks in New Zealand.

But the pain of their Six Nations no-show against England that arguably cost them the title, is not forgotten.

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


Wales set to name squad for New Zealand tour

Wales will be aiming for their first victory over the All Blacks since 1953. Credit: PA

Warren Gatland will today name the Wales squad for their upcoming tour of New Zealand and one off test against England.

Wales are due to face England in Twickenham at the end of May before travelling down under to face the World Cup winners in a three test series.

The announcement will be made at 11:00 AM today.

Wales' summer fixtures:

  • England v Wales - Sunday 29th May
  • New Zealand v Wales - Saturday 11th June
  • New Zealand v Wales - Saturday 18th June
  • New Zealand v Wales - Saturday 25th June


Gareth Owen and Tom Williams extend contracts with Scarlets

Backline duo Gareth Owen and Tom Williams have signed contract extensions keeping them at the Scarlets.

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Gareth Owen, 27, joined the Scarlets for the 2012-13 season from the Ospreys. Tom Williams, 25, joined the Scarlets ahead of the current season on loan from Cardiff Blues.

We’re pleased to announce that we have retained both Gareth and Tom for the next few seasons. Gareth has had an opportunity to stake a claim for a place in the starting line-up this season and has grasped the opportunity with both hands. Tom has been unlucky of late to miss out on game time through injury but he’s an exciting talent and we look forward to seeing him back in action soon.

– Jon Daniels, Scarlets General Manager of Rugby

‘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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