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Coombs banned for three-weeks after stamp citation

Wales forward Andrew Coombs is banned for three-weeks after allegedly stamping on Alun Wyn Jones. Credit: Brian Lawless/PA Wire.

Wales and Dragons forward Andrew Coombs has been banned for three weeks after being cited for allegedly stamping on Alun Wyn Jones's head.

The incident happened during last Friday's Guinness Pro12 match between Newport Gwent Dragons and the Ospreys at Rodney Parade.

Coombs appeared before a disciplinary committee in Dublin yesterday, which upheld the citation.

In imposing a suspension of three weeks, the committee took into account the various mitigating factors including the player's apology to his opponent and his previous good disciplinary record.

Andrew Coombs is free to resume playing on Monday October 6, 2014 and has the right of appeal.

– Guinness Pro12 statement

The 29 year old will miss the Dragons' next three Pro12 games against Glasgow, Treviso and the Scarlets.


Wales' women in World Cup qualifying action

Wales's women face the Ukraine tonight in a crunch World Cup Qualifying match in Lviv.

Wales could secure a World Cup play-off spot if they beat Ukraine tonight. Credit: FAW

Ukraine moved into second place and above Wales in the qualifying table on goal difference following their 8-0 win over Turkey on Saturday.

Wales need to win later and hope Finland lose to France elsewhere in Group 6 to secure a play-off spot.

Prestatyn Bowls Centre re-opens after February closure

Prestatyn's bowling centre shut with controversy - and job losses - back in February.

Six months on, they're re-opening for the Autumn. But some former staff say they're upset that the understanding they had - that they'd get their jobs back - doesn't seem to have translated to the new owners - Denbighshire council.

Rob Shelley's been to hear both sides of the story.


Plaid : 'Vow' to stick with current funding formula is bad news for Wales

Plaid's Shadow Minister for the Economy, Rhun ap Iorwerth says the joint declaration to stick with the current funding formula is part of an eleventh hour panic by UK party leaders that puts Wales at a huge disadvantage. He claims it raises questions about what influence First Minister Carwyn Jones has with the Labour party at UK level.

Welsh Liberal Democrats: 'vow' doesn't mean unfair funding for Wales

The Welsh Liberal Democrats have dismissed claims that the vow taken by the UK leaders will lead to unfair funding for Wales.

Leader, Kirsty Williams has hit out at claims by Plaid Cymru that the Barnett formula would not be reformed.

The fact that Wales is badly funded under the current form of Barnett is well-known by now.

There is absolutely nothing in the commitment made by the UK party leaders today that jeopardises the fight for fair funding for Wales – in fact, it specifically mentions the need to fairly fund all of the UK’s nations.

The events of the past few months have shown to me the need for all parties to work together and decide where Wales stands inside a reformed UK.

– Kirsty Williams, Welsh Liberal Democrats leader
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