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Gatland demands more from North

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Wales head coach Warren Gatland believes George North should be exerting greater influence on matches and has warned the Northampton wing he is not guaranteed selection against England.

North missed the 12-6 victory over South Africa last autumn with concussion and Gatland insists it will be hard to drop his replacement Liam Williams for the visit of Stuart Lancaster's men to Cardiff in the RBS 6 Nations opener on February 6.

Gatland highlights the number of 22-year-old North's involvements in a game as an area for improvement.

Having spoken to (Northampton assistant coach) Alex King, Northampton have the same issues with George about touching the ball more.

We want to see more touches and have the ball in his hands. When he does that he is dangerous and makes some metres for us.

We will see how training goes, but if you are a player who has won against South Africa and started the game it's sometimes difficult to be dropped.

We won't sit down as a coaching team until next Monday or Tuesday and start talking about a team.

It's early in the week and we will see how players front up. It's a nice position for us to be in and we have options.

– Warren Gatland, Wales Head Coach

New primary and secondary school rankings due

Rankings for Wales' primary and secondary schools will be published later today, under a new colour-coded 'categorisation' system.

It replaces the controversial 'banding' method for ranking secondary schools, which was criticised for being crude and overly volatile.

The new model will include primary schools too, rating them according to performance data like attendance and exam results, but also taking into account schools' self-evaluation on their prospects for improvement.

Primaries schools are included in the new system, alongside secondaries. Credit: PA

Schools will be ranked from green at the top, to yellow, amber and then red for those at the bottom - which "will receive immediate, intensive support", and closely monitored.

Read More: Colour-coded schools: how will it work?

Teaching unions here have criticised the new system though.

ASCL Cymru Secretary Robin Hughes said: "It is a concern that the calculations may actually make it harder for the schools with the greatest number of disadvantaged pupils to show the progress they are making."

Education Minister Huw Lewis has responded: "Outcomes for our free school meal students are simply not good enough. Under the new system you don’t get to call yourself a top performing school, unless the results of your poorest pupils reach a certain basic standard. If there are those who seriously want to argue with the basic fairness of that, then good luck to them.”


Wintry showers expected as temperatures drop

A yellow 'be aware' weather warning is in place for much of the country, with wintry showers expected across north and mid-Wales.

Temperatures will drop to between three and four degrees with strong winds making it feel much colder.

But where is this colder weather coming from? The Met Office says the cold snap is sweeping in from Greenland and Iceland.

Watch the full weather forecast for Wales

Wind turbine looms over 'Milk Wood'

The boathouse in which Dylan Thomas wrote boasts one of Wales's most iconic views and inspired some of Dylan Thomas' most famous work.

However, campaigners fear the iconic view will be lost if the High Court doesn't reverse plans to erect a 50 metre high wind turbine on the opposite banks of the estuary .

Carmarthenshire Council has already approved the plans, but objectors say the decision is 'a mistake.'

Campaigners launching a judicial review against the decision and the judges decision is expected within the next few weeks.

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