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New WRU boss - Six Nations TV deal 'a priority'

The Welsh Rugby Union has unveiled Martyn Phillips, a former head of B&Q, as the new Group Chief Executive of the governing body.

Martyn Phillips the new chief executive at the WRU. Credit: WRU

The 46-year-old ex-Wales schoolboy rugby international, who is currently a director of the Leading Edge management and leadership consultancy, will take up his new role at the WRU in the autumn.

Phillips, who is originally from Fishguard, will work alongside WRU Chairman Gareth Davies.

I am both delighted and honoured to be taking up the role of WRU Group Chief Executive at this incredibly exciting time for the game of rugby union in Wales.

The brand of the Welsh Rugby Union is known across the world and I aim to ensure that we sustain and develop a business base which supports the entire game in Wales and exploits our opportunities to the full.

– Martyn Phillips

One issue the new chief executive will be addressing is negotiations for a new broadcast contract for the RBS 6 Nations.


Police appealing for witnesses after Penarth assault

Police are appealing for witnesses following an assault on Anchor Road, Penarth at around 8.54pm on Saturday, June 27.

The assault happened on Anchor road in Penarth on Saturday, June 27. Credit: Google Maps

A 22-year old man was assaulted in what appears to be an unprovoked attack.

At around 8.45pm the victim was walking down Harbour Road onto Anchor Road with two male friends when a white car, possibly a BMW, parked up nearby.

Three men got out of the car and walked towards the victim and his friends.

One of the men from the car punched the victim to the face and the victim fell to the ground, striking his head.

He sustained injuries to his face and needed hospital treatment.

The suspect is described as being white, aged between 20 to 25 years, around 6ft with a large muscular build with short brown hair. He was believed to have been wearing jeans, a brown shirt and leather shoes.

Anyone who saw what happened is asked to call us on 101 quoting reference number 1500230454.

What a result! Welsh footballers help in marriage proposal

A man from the Valleys employed a unique way of proposing to his girlfriend - by recruiting stars of the Welsh national football team to help.

Matthew recruited the likes of Wales captain Ashley Williams to help. Credit: Matthew Davies

Matthew Davies from Aberdare arranged the film after speaking to a friend who worked at the Football Association of Wales.

Both Matthew and his partner Vicky Griffiths are footy mad, with Vicky a big fan of Swansea City.

The pair met five years again when Matthew, himself a supporter of local side Merthyr Town, began following the national side to home and away games.

Wales boss Chris Coleman called Matthew Credit: Matthew Davies

In fact the couple's first trip abroad together was to Switzerland in 2010, where they saw Wales fall to a disappointing 4-1 defeat in a Euro 2012 qualifier.

But with the national side on the up and so close to securing their place in Euro 2016, Matthew has seized the opportunity to score a blinder himself.

And in case you were wondering...Vicky said yes.

"So I just asked Vicky whether she would marry me. But being a footy nut as well I showed her this video on my phone of me and my pals. Would they persuade her to say yes?........Yes it worked"

– Matthew Davies

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