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Ashley Williams wants to create World Cup memories

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Ashley Williams feels Wales are ready to create new World Cup memories after choosing to stay away from the 74,500-capacity Principality Stadium on the back of their Euro 2016 heroics.

Wales open their 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign tonight, with Group D outsiders Moldova the visitors to the Cardiff City Stadium.

There was a clamour in some quarters for Wales to switch their home qualifiers to the spiritual home of Welsh rugby, with interest in football at an all-time high after reaching the semi-finals of the European Championship this summer.

But the Football Association of Wales resisted the temptation to cash in on that interest and elected to stay at a 33,000-capacity ground which served Chris Coleman's side so well in the Euro qualifiers.

This is our home ground when we play for Wales, that's what we feel. We fill it out and we have had a lot of success on this pitch in recent years.

We're comfortable here, we don't see the need to move to a stadium and pitch we are not as comfortable on. We've got some great memories and experiences here and we want to create more.

– Ashley Williams, Wales Captain

FA Wales changes criteria for World Cup qualifier tickets following fan backlash

The Football Association of Wales has changed its ticketing policy for the 2018 World Cup qualifiers following a backlash from some fans.

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In an attempt to reward fans for their loyalty, the FAW used a staggered approach to releasing tickets but memberships had to be renewed by 9 June for people to be eligible - irrespective of how long the membership had been held.

Some fans expressed anger at this deadline, many of whom argue were in France at the time, supporting the team in the European Championships.

The FAW now says it has reviewed the policy and removed the membership renewal deadline for the next stage of tickets - which will be available on Wednesday 27 July.

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Rugby World Cup arrives in Llanberis

Rugby's greatest prize, the Webb Ellis Trophy, has arrived in north Wales to kick off its ten day tour.

In the countdown to the Tournament, which brings eight matches including Wales’ pool games against Uruguay and Fiji to the Millennium Stadium, people all over Wales can mark their calendars with an exciting range of free-to-enter Trophy Tour events.

Local school children and members of the public have been invited to attend its arrival in Llanberis ahead of its trip to the summit of Mount Snowdon.

From Wales’ biggest mountain, the Trophy will take on its journey around the country with a stop at Zipworld with the WRU Street Rugby team and Colwyn Bay’s Parc Eirias for a festival to celebrate Women and Girls Rugby.

Click here to find out where you can see the trophy during its tour.

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How excited is Wales for the World Cup?

Almost 4 billion people will be tuned to the World Cup over the next few weeks.

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Welsh pubs to get longer World Cup opening hours

Pubs in Wales will now be allowed to stay open later during the World Cup, after a U-turn by the Home Office.

The Home Secretary announced in March that licensing hours could be extended across England to allow them to screen the team's opening game against Italy, which kicks off at 11pm on June 14.

The relaxed opening hours will mean pubs can stay open when England's games are played

England's two other group matches against Uruguay and Costa Rica kick off at 8pm and 5pm respectively, but if the team reach the knockout stages with 9pm kick-offs, the relaxation could come into play again in the event of extra time.

An amendment by the UK Government means pubs in Wales will now be able to do the same.

Interested pubs will need to apply for a free Temporary Event Notice

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