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Wales announce squad for first World Cup clash

Wales have announced their squad for the first match of their Rugby League World Cup 2013 campaign.

Among the 19-men selected for the squad are three potential debutants - Warrington's Rhys Evans, Larne Patrick of Huddersfield Giants and Anthony Walker of St Helens.

"I think we have a really strong team for the opening game. We're going into it with confidence but we know that we'll have a tough time against Italy especially after their win over England last week.

“I'm pleased that Tyson Frizell has overcome his injury. He, and of course all of the others, have worked hard to be here. We now can't wait for Saturday to play in front of a packed house at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.”

– Iestyn Harris, Wales coach

Wales will face Italy on Saturday at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, with kick-off at 4:30pm.

'Advantages to new competitions' say rugby regions

All four Welsh rugby regions have given their support to a breakaway Anglo-French competition. Key to the debate surrounding the decision are European fixtures.

The English and French clubs believe Celtic sides an unfair advantage by being able to rest their first choice players ahead of European fixtures without fear of slipping out of their respective top divisions.

ERC, the organising body of the current European set-up are due to meet on Wednesday to discuss the situation, but the likelihood of finding common ground now appears highly unlikely given the Welsh sides' support for a breakaway.

Regional Rugby Wales (RRW) on behalf of the four Welsh Regions confirms its full support for the proposed new Rugby Champions Cup Competitions.

Whilst there remain elements of detail to be confirmed, it is now clear that there are a number of significant advantages to the new competitions in equality of governance, format, qualification and distribution across the individual participating Clubs.

Consequently, RRW looks forward to working with the WRU to support their efforts and positive engagement in striving to ensure our teams are involved in strong, valuable European Clubs Competitions in time for next season.

– Regional Rugby Wales


Gareth Bale: What the papers are saying

The Welshman's potential move to Real Madrid is dominating many of the back pages this morning Credit: ITV News

The Daily Express reports Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas has said Spurs will be better without Bale, as long as chairman Daniel Levy continues to bring in the big name stars.

The Daily Post states Chris Coleman has admitted the ongoing saga could have an adverse affect upon Wales.

The Guardian reports that Villas-Boas has accused Bale of being unprofessional.

The Western Mail says that Spurs manager Villas-Boas fears the on-going Bale transfer saga will have an adverse affect upon Wales.

Tennis "opportunities" across Wales

"Tennis gains its highest profile during the Wimbledon fortnight, so it's an ideal time to highlight the opportunities around Wales.

"You don't have to be a super athlete or ultra-competitive to enjoy tennis.

"The game comes in many forms these days - and most people play for fun, friendship and as part of a healthy lifestyle.

"These free sessions will help show how accessible tennis is - as one of the few sports you can play and enjoy at virtually any age, no matter what your ability."

– Peter Drew, Tennis Wales

Find free tennis sessions near you

As Wimbledon gets underway, various clubs across Wales are providing free tennis sessions for women and girls. It's hoped the scheme will encourage more people to take up the sport this summer. Clubs that are hosting free sessions include:

  • Diamond Tennis Academy, Cardiff
  • David Lloyd, Cardiff
  • Rhos-on-Sea LTC
  • Llantrisant TC
  • Cowbridge LTC
  • Flintshire Tennis
  • Mackintosh TC, Cardiff
  • Newtown TC
  • St Fagans TC
  • Crickhowell TC

Welsh women to benefit from free tennis offer

Women are being encouraged onto the courts this summer Credit: PA

Free tennis sessions are being offered to women in Wales. The scheme is part of Sport Wales' What Moves You campaign. As the world's greatest players descend on Wimbledon for two weeks, it's hoped more people will take up their raquets and make for the courts.

Britain's Laura Robson competes at Wimbledon Credit: PA


Welsh celebrities turn out for Golf Live charity event

Rob Brydon will be among the celebrities taking part in a charity golf event Credit: PA

Some of Wales' most famous faces will be taking to the golf course this weekend - all in the name of charity.

Among those taking part in a round-robin tournament at the Celtic Manor Resort will be comedian Rob Brydon and TV presenter Gethin Jones.

Gethin Jones will also be present at the charity event Credit: PA

They will be competing for in the Celebrity Cup, part of Golf Live, which gives the public the chance to watch golf shows starring top players and coaches.

The event aims to raise money for the Elizabeth Montgomerie Foundation, which supports those affected by cancer.

Among the sporting stars at Golf Live will be Ryder Cup legend Colin Montgomerie and fellow European Tour stars Shane Lowry and Soren Kjeldsen, coach Simon Holmes, professional long driving champion Joe Miller and trick shot artist Paul Barrington.

Presenters Ant and Dec will also be making an appearenced on Saturday, competing in skills challenges with Montgomerie.

Plans for 'Ice Arena of Wales' approved

Plans for an "Ice Arena of Wales' which will have two rinks have been approved by Cardiff Council. Credit: Greenbank Partnerships

Plans have been approved for an "Ice Arena of Wales" to be built at the sports village in Cardiff Bay.

The city's planning committee voted for the go-ahead of the project which could bring 90 new jobs to the area.

The arena would have two ice pads, one for the Cardiff Devils hockey team which would seat 3,000, and another for the general public. The rinks could also be used for other sporting events.

The Ice Arena will replace the temporary rink which will be demolished once the new building is up and running. Work is due to begin this year for completion in 2014.

One of the rinks to be built at the arena will be used for Cardiff Devils hockey matches. Credit: Greenbank Partnerships
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