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Owen Williams says thanks for messages of support


Nice little pick me up today. Visit from Riley. Again, thanks for all the messages of support. #KeepingMeGoing


Injured Welsh rugby star Owen Williams took to Twitter this weekend to express his thanks to the many people who have wished him well.

The Wales and Blues centre suffered a significant injury to his cervical vertebrae and spinal cord, while playing in Singapore in June.

The 22-year-old posted a picture from hospital, with his pet dog Riley.

Cardiff Blues have launched a fundraising and awareness campaign to support Williams as he makes his recovery.

Read more: Cardiff Blues launch #StayStrongForOws campaign.


Law graduate Alun Wyn Jones to get honorary degree

Wales rugby star Alun Wyn Jones will receive an honorary degree from Swansea University today.

He was born in Swansea and graduated from the university in July 2010, after completing his law degree part-time while playing rugby at the top level.

Alun Wyn Jones
Alun Wyn Jones captained the Lions to victory in their third Test against Australia last year. Credit: PA

The 29 year old second row is now being recognised for his outstanding achievements as a rugby player with the Ospreys, Wales and the British and Irish Lions.

No resolution throws in doubt Welsh rugby's future

The regions praised Warren Gatland for trying to reach an agreement.

Welsh rugby was reported to be in crisis on Friday after Regional Rugby Wales announced the participation agreement proposed by the Welsh Rugby Union was "completely unacceptable" after "indescribably tortuous" negotiations.

The four regions which form RRW - the Blues, the Dragons, the Ospreys and the Scarlets - released a statement claiming every time progress was made "two steps back" followed.

The participation agreement, which ended on June 30, covers issues such as the competitions the teams play in, payment for international player release, overseas player quotas and the fourth autumn Test match.

No resolution to talks throws into doubt the future of the regions and, potentially, professional rugby in Wales.

The WRU said it was "saddened and surprised" that Regional Rugby Wales had chosen to publish a statement which i"s highly critical of the process aimed at concluding a new Rugby Services Agreement "

The WRU said it would not respond to the highly emotional content of the document and says the governing body will continue to work on reaching agreement with the four Regional Organisations.

Williams moved to specialist spinal unit after injury

Owen Williams suffered a serious spinal injury while playing for the Blues in Singapore Credit: PA

Cardiff Blues and Wales centre Owen Williams has been moved to the Welsh Spinal Injuries and Neurological Rehabilitation Unit at Rookwood Hospital to continue his 'long-term recovery, the club has said.

The 22 year old suffered a 'significant spinal injury' while playing for the Blues in the World Cup 10s in Singapore last month.


Gerald Davies' letter to WRU member clubs

In a letter to WRU member clubs, Gerald Davies said he made his decision not to stand for re-election to the board "with considerable sadness".

More: Gerald Davies will not stand for re-election to WRU board

'On and off the field I hope I have demonstrated my passion and commitment to the game at all levels and I have endeavoured at all times to bring my lifetimes experience and knowledge to help contribute to the well-being of the game and all those who are involved in it throughout Wales as well as on the International stage.

I have always believed and stated that as rugby changes so its organisation must also change anD develop for the common good of all.

I do not wish to sever my ties completely with rugby and will constantly look for opportunities to encourage and support the game that is so dear to my heart.

I will watch with interest how the WRU meets the many challenges ahead."

– Gerald Davies

Gerald Davies won't stand for re-election to WRU board

Former Wales international Gerald Davies has written to Welsh clubs confirming he will not stand for re-election to the WRU board when his tenure is up.

Davies says he made the decision "with considerable sadness" Credit: PA

The 69-year-old gave an impassioned speech to club delegates and fellow board members at last month's Extraordinary General Meeting of the Welsh Rugby Union in which the current regime overwhelmingly survived a vote of no confidence brought upon them after a campaign by David Moffett.

Owen Williams returns home to Wales

Cardiff Blues have confirmed that Owen Williams has returned home to Wales following a serious injury playing in Singapore.

The Blues and Wales centre suffered "a significant injury to his cervical vertebrae and spinal cord" playing in the World Cup 10s on June 22.

Owen Williams' family thanked well-wishers for "overwhelming messages of support" Credit: PA

More: Warburton 'has fingers crossed' for injured Williams

Williams was flown back by air ambulance and is now being assessed and monitored at the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff.

"Cardiff Blues and the Williams family would like to take this opportunity to pay tribute to all the staff and specialists at Tan Tock Seng Hospital in Singapore for their care and support for Owen following his injury", a spokesperson said.

They also thanked well-wishers for "overwhelming messages of support".

Warburton 'has fingers crossed' for injured Williams

Wales captain Sam Warburton told ITV News that "everyone is devastated" at the news of Cardiff Blues teammate Owen Williams' injury.

The region confirmed today that the 22-year-old centre suffered "a significant injury to his cervical vertebrae and spinal cord" playing in the World Cup 10s in Singapore on Sunday.

Read More: Owen Williams has operation in Singapore hospital after spinal injury

Warburton said: "We're absolutely gutted for him and his family. All of us are keeping our fingers crossed - and hopefully he comes back home safe and sound."

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