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Matt Sherratt to join Wales' coaching staff for Autumn series

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Cardiff Blues attack and backs coach Matt Sherratt is to work with Wales during their four-Test autumn series in November. The Welsh Rugby Union announced that 40-year-old Sherratt will work as Wales backs coach, combining that role with his job at the Blues.

Wales face Australia in Cardiff on November 5, followed by successive home appointments at the Principality Stadium with Argentina, Japan and South Africa.

Sherratt joined the Blues from Aviva Premiership club Bristol ahead of this season. He previously worked at Worcester.Sherratt will join a Wales coaching group headed by Rob Howley for this season, with Howley stepping up due to Warren Gatland being on British and Irish Lions business ahead of next summer's New Zealand tour.

I am delighted to bring Matt on board to the coaching team. We have a very experienced international coaching team, and I believe Matt will complement what we have in place really well.

He is young in age, but an experienced coach, and has earned the respect of players and coaches wherever he has been. He will be a big asset to us.

It is great that we are able to bring a regional coach on board for this period, and I would like to thank Cardiff Blues and (Blues head coach) Danny Wilson for their support and for allowing Matt to work with us.

– Rob Howley, Wales Head Coach

Paul Turner to identify Welsh talent outside Wales

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The WRU has appointed former Newport Gwent Dragons and Sale Sharks head coach and former Wales outside half Paul Turner to help identify and recruit Welsh qualified players currently playing outside Wales.

He will work on a part-time basis with WRU Exiles programme manager Gareth Davies to unearth Welsh qualified talent across the UK and abroad, potentially making players available to the Welsh regions and the National Team.

I’m delighted to accept this role with the Welsh Rugby Union. It’s an area I’m very passionate about, having lived and worked outside of Wales for many years, and I’ll be looking for Welsh qualified players around the world who have the potential to play at the top level.

They may or may not be available to Welsh regions at the moment so I will continue to monitor their progress and their situation, in conjunction with the potential needs of the Welsh regions and Wales.”

– Paul Turner, Head Coach Newport Gwent Dragons

Bradley Davies signs dual contract with WRU and the Ospreys

Bradley Davies is returning to Welsh rugby Credit: PA

Bradley Davies is returning to Welsh rugby having signed a National Dual Contract with the Welsh Rugby Union and the Ospreys.

The 29-year-old has 54 Wales caps to his name.

He is part of this summer’s squad to tour New Zealand and will leave Wasps at the end of the season.

He will link up with the Ospreys on a deal through to the 2019 Rugby World Cup.

Davies made his international debut in 2009 and spent nine years at Cardiff Blues.


WRU calls on Welsh public to 'Shape our Game'

Wales' two longest serving captains, Ryan Jones and Sam Warburton launch 'Shape our Game'. Credit: WRU

The WRU has launched a nationwide consultation asking people to ‘Shape our Game’ and provide feedback about Wales’ national sport via an online survey.

It says the consultation will provide the foundation for the most comprehensive and far reaching review of the male adult and youth community game since the first official game of rugby was recorded in Wales 150 years ago.

If you have an interest in rugby we want your input. Regardless of your age or gender we are looking for insights and opinions from across the board. Whether you are a player – current or retired - a parent, a volunteer, a teacher, coach, a community supporter or a stay-at-home fan your opinion counts.

We want to harness the passion and opinions that we know exist throughout Wales and use these to help shape the future of our national game.

– Ryan Jones, WRU Head of Participation

Ospreys players both sign national dual contracts

Scott Baldwin and James King. Credit: Welsh Rugby Union

Welsh rugby have signed two new players on national dual contracts, Ospreys hooker Scott Baldwin and back-rower James King.

27-year-old Scott Baldwin made his international debut two years ago and has won 15 caps in his career, as well as starting as hooker in Wales’ recent 2015 Rugby World Cup campaign.

James King, 25, also featured in the recent World Cup, winning the latest of his seven caps against Uruguay in the pool stages of the tournament.

It’s excellent news, not only for the Ospreys but for Welsh rugby, that two key players who have been heavily involved with the region and the national squad have signed up to a future in Wales. Both James and Scott have the qualities and characteristics that we want from our players at the region and we are delighted that their talents are now being recognised on a wider stage.

– Andrew Millward, Ospreys Rugby General Manager

Scott Baldwin has signed a four year deal and James King has signed for three years.

Welsh rugby now have 14 players on national dual contracts.

Six point try to be trialled in Wales

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A six-point try is set to be trialled in Welsh rugby's Principality Premiership this season.

The trial, which has been given a green light by the Welsh Rugby Union board but is subject to World Rugby approval, will also see penalties and drop-goals reduced from three points to two.

A penalty try, meanwhile, will be an automatic eight-point score, with no conversion taken.

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