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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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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

Bale on the bench against Serbia

Wales are fifth in their group. Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

The world's most expensive player Gareth Bale will not start against Serbia tonight but could come on as substitute if he is fit.

The Real Madrid star remains a doubt for the World Cup qualifier, despite taking a full part in training, hours after a scan on a groin strain.

Chris Coleman also has to decide who to name as Captain with Ashley Williams suspended.

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