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Wales to play three tests in New Zealand

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The WRU says Warren Gatland's side will travel to New Zealand next summer and face the reigning World Champions in three test matches.

The matches will be played in Auckland, Wellington and Dunedin.

Wales toured New Zealand in 2010, when they lost two tests in Hamilton and Dunedin.

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Thousands gather for funeral of rugby star Jerry Collins

Collins had 48 caps for the New Zealand All Blacks Credit: PA Images

The funeral was held at the former Ospreys star's old rugby club in Porirua, New Zealand.

His teammates performed the Haka as the casket was carried through the grounds of his old club.

Collins' body was carried through the club by friends and teammates Credit: TV3

Collins signed for the Ospreys in 2009, playing flanker for the team for two years.

The 34 year old was living in southern France playing rugby for Narbonne when he and his partner, Alana Madill, were killed in a car crash on the 5th June 2015.

Their baby daughter remains in a critical condition in hospital.

Tributes paid to former Ospreys player killed in car crash

Jerry Collins was just 34 years old Credit: PA

Former Ospreys player and All Blacks captain Jerry Collins has been killed in a car crash in France.

The New Zealand ministry of foreign affairs confirmed that Collins and his partner Alana Madill died in an accident in the early hours of this morning on the A9 motorway in Herault, southern France.

Collins's three-month old daughter has been airlifted to hospital in a critical condition, it's also been reported by a French newspaper.

Collins was regarded by many as one of the toughest back row forwards ever to play for New Zealand, with 48 caps, 3 as captain.

He also played 56 times for the Ospreys between 2009 and 2011, scoring 6 tries and winning the Pro12 in 2010.

Many have been paying tribute to him on Twitter.

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Wales training squad for Rugby World Cup announced

The Welsh Rugby Union has revealed its 47-man training squad for the Rugby World Cup.

Credit: Welsh Rugby Union

The group of newcomers includes Gloucester back-row forward Ross Moriarty, Bath lock Dominic Day and Exeter prop Tomas Francis, plus young Newport Gwent Dragons backs Tyler Morgan and Jack Dixon.

The squad will report for conditioning training on June 15, while training camps next month include trips to Switzerland and Qatar.

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