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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.

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