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Plaid Cymru reiterates plea for Labour to consider coalition deal

Leanne Wood has reiterated her plea for Labour to consider a coalition with Plaid Cymru.

Speaking at the last night's debate broadcast by the BBC, Leanne Wood made an appeal to Welsh Labour's Owen Smith to speak to Ed Miliband about a considering a deal.

She said it would be "highly irresponsible to lock out Plaid Cymru and the SNP".

Leanne Wood called on Ed Miliband to change his mind while on a visit to North Wales today.


Wales sends warm wishes to Royal couple

Wales has sent messages of congratulations and best wishes to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge after the birth of their daughter.

The Welsh Rugby Union and the Princes Trust Cymry tweeted to wish the Royal couple their congratulations.

Mum-to-be Katherine Jenkins also sent her congratulations. The singer is expecting a baby girl later this year.


Man rescued off mountainside in Snowdonia

A young man with a serious medical condition was flown off a mountainside by an RAF rescue helicopter in Snowdonia this morning.

The youngster had to be airlifted off the mountainside in Snowdonia Credit: PA

The youth had been with a colleague camping on the lower slopes of Moel Siabod when he became unwell and his friend made a 999 call for help at 7.45am.

A Sea King helicopter based at Valley in Anglesey winched the youngster, from the Warrington area, into the aircraft and flew him to hospital at Bangor.

Ten members of Ogwen mountain rescue team turned out, making their way to the scene along remote forestry tracks.

Llantrisant Royal Mint to give away Royal silver penny

Babies born on the same day as the Royal baby are to be given a 'Lucky Silver Penny' struck with the year of their birth.

Similar coins were struck at the Christening of Prince George in 2013. Credit: PA

Llantrisant Royal Mint is making 2,015 pennies struck with the new effigy of Her Majesty the Queen to mark the birth.

The gift will be amongst the first coins to bear the latest Royal portrait.

To mark the birth of Prince George, the Royal Mint gave 2,013 Lucky Silver Pennies to babies born on the same day and also struck a limited edition £5 coin in his honour.

Parents wanting to claim their Silver Penny will have to visit the register the birth of their child on the Royal Mint's Facebook page.

The birth of the new royal baby will be a joyous occasion not just for Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge but also for the whole nation, as we prepare to celebrate another remarkable milestone in their life journey together.

However, it will also be a special day for many mothers and fathers across the country as they too welcome the arrival of their new babies, hence why we wanted to extend this historical moment to them with a unique and timeless gift that can be treasured for years to come.

– hane Bissett, Director of Commemorative Coin at the Royal Mint

Ospreys prop Duncan Jones retires from rugby

Osprey's prop Duncan Jones has decided to call-time on rugby after struggling to recover from a foot injury earlier this year.

Duncan Jones 57 international caps in between 2001 and 2009 Credit: PA

The Wales International's injury had been restricting his training and his ability to play. The player who started his in Neath in 1998 has had a career spanning 18 years.

Jones confirmed the news to his team-mates at Llandarcy this week before receiving recognition from colleagues, workmates and commercial partners at the annual awards dinner on last night.

I’m really disappointed that I’ve had to make this decision at such an exciting time for the Ospreys. There’s a real buzz about the group at the moment having qualified for the play-offs and, personally speaking, it’s disappointing that I can’t help with the final push in the semis and, fingers crossed, the final.

Looking a little further ahead, we have a strong set of props here, many of whom will be going to the World Cup later in the year and I had hoped that I could maybe stick around a little bit longer to help some of the youngsters who’ll still be involved during that period, but unfortunately that’s not to be.

I’m grateful to everybody I’ve worked with at Neath, with Wales, and, in particular at the Ospreys, for all the support I’ve had and for allowing me to enjoy some fantastic experiences and memories that will stay with me forever.

– Duncan Jones

Following the inception of regional rugby in 2003 he made his Ospreys debut in a Heineken Cup tie against Toulouse in January 2004, and became the fourth player to reach 100 appearances in October 2008, against Harlequins at the Liberty Stadium.

Duncan was a part of four league title winning squads at the Ospreys, captaining the team to its second success in 2007. He also played in both the EDF Energy Cup Finals against Leicester at Twickenham, the Ospreys winning the silverware in 2008.

Capped by Wales at all age-grade levels, he amassed 57 international caps in between 2001 and 2009, winning two Grand Slams and playing at two Rugby World Cups.

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