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# Wales

1st June 2023
# statement
Wales prop released from training squad for missing performance targets
Rhys Carre has become the fourth player to depart Warren Gatland’s 54-man group, announced last month.
This week
28th May 2023 - 2nd June 2023
# End of the road
Wales scrum-half Rhys Webb announces retirement from Test rugby
The Ospreys man won 40 caps for his country.
Last week
21st May 2023 - 27th May 2023
# Wales
CCTV shows police vehicle following bike ahead of fatal crash in Cardiff that sparked riot
Kyrees Sullivan, 16, and Harvey Evans, 15, were killed in the Ely area of Cardiff yesterday while riding an electric bike.
Last month
May 2023
# Time to go
Wales duo Wyn Jones and Tipuric announce international retirements
The players’ decisions come less than four months before Wales’ World Cup opener against Fiji in Bordeaux.
# Rugby
Wales international explains move to Exeter that forces him to miss the World Cup
The 20-year-old will play his rugby at Exeter next season.
# criteria
Wales omit Joe Hawkins from World Cup training squad
The five-times capped centre won’t play at the World Cup as a result of his move to Exeter.
This year
# brecon beacons
UK national park Brecon Beacons changes name to Welsh, but Sunak says he'll stick with English
The park switched to using its original Welsh name Bannau Brycheiniog National Park earlier this month.
# On the Move
Wales’ Joe Hawkins faces uncertain international future following Exeter switch
The Ospreys centre has made a major impact for his country.
# euro 2024
Wales keep up strong start in qualifying with win over Latvia
Kieffer Moore’s header means Rob Page’s side have taken four points from their opening two games.
# Split Points
Wales debutant scores last-gasp equaliser to snatch draw in Croatia
Elsewhere, Spain won 3-0 against a Norway side missing the injured Erling Haaland.
# Reaction
'You feel you have let people down' - Ireland have a lot to learn after heavy Wales defeat
Greg McWilliams said his squad would work tirelessly to show an improvement against France next week.
# UK Court
Host of 'Radio Aryan' podcast claims his podcast isn't racist
Allchurch, who has been described as a National Socialist by the prosecution, admitted in police interviews to being a supporter of Adolf Hitler.
# Allez les Bleus
Penaud double helps France beat Wales in Six Nations
A 41-28 win for the home side in Paris.
# Breakthrough
Welsh regions finally cleared to offer new contracts to players
Prolonged and bitter wrangling led frustrated Wales internationals to threaten a players’ strike during the Six Nations.
# Selections
Atonio makes instant return to French team, Wales make six changes
Fabien Galthie and Warren Gatland have named their respective sides for Saturday’s meeting in Paris.
# Sidelined
Wales full-back Liam Williams out of France clash with shoulder injury
Williams was hurt during Wales’ victory over Italy in Rome.
# Swansea
One dead and three hospitalised after suspected gas explosion in south Wales
South Wales Police said an investigation will now get under way to establish the cause of the incident.
# when in rome
Wales pick up first Six Nations win in wooden-spoon battle with wasteful Italy
Wales ran out 29-17 winners at the Stadio Olimpico.
# Search
Three people found dead in car crash after group went missing during night out in Cardiff
All five had last been seen in Cardiff in the early hours of Saturday.
# Earthquake
Residents report houses shaking as small earthquake felt in South Wales
The epicentre of the earthquake was over 200 kilometres from Wexford and 30 kilometres from Wales’ capital Cardiff.
# starting XV
Wales drop Biggar and North, Watson back in England's starting line-up
Alun Wyn Jones, Justin Tipuric and Taulupe Faletau return alongside Louis Rees-Zammit and Leigh Halfpenny.
# Unhappy
Wales' Six Nations clash with England in doubt as players consider strike action
There is a huge sense of uncertainty for Welsh players and their families amid a contract freeze.
# Defence
Try-saving tackles and rib-ticklers with Ireland centre Garry Ringrose
The 28-year-old had some big moments in defence against Wales last weekend.
# Tighthead
'I'll be settling in Galway post-rugby... it's a beautiful place'
Finlay Bealham is moving to the next level with Ireland and enjoying life off the pitch.
# Big Stu
'There were definitely times when I didn’t think I would ever get another game'
Stuart McCloskey had some lovely touches during Ireland’s win over Wales.
# andy farrell
Keenan a beacon of calm amidst some of the chaos in Cardiff
The Ireland fullback covered well and won some big aerial battles.
# The Boss
'They were outstanding' - Farrell praises Murray and Bealham for stepping up
The Ireland head coach was very pleased with his side’s good start to the Six Nations.
# Back in action
'I don’t think I’ve ever been as nervous as I was before a game' - Sexton
The 37-year-old Ireland captain explained the confusion around his HIA in Cardiff.
# Job Done
Farrell's Ireland get Six Nations tilt rolling with bonus-point win in Cardiff
The visitors played some stunning rugby in the first half but had a wobble after the break.
# Opening Day
Gatland's return gives Wales bounce but Ireland are deserved favourites
Andy Farrell’s men will be targetting a Six Nations title and it all starts in Cardiff this afternoon.
# Impact
Farrell backs experience on Ireland's bench as O'Toole gets Six Nations shot
The Ireland boss has gone for 412 caps worth of Test-level nous among his replacements.
# mental skills
'I’m obsessed with why teams keep being successful, why they stay at the top'
Andy Farrell is a big Man City fan but he had great admiration for Alex Ferguson’s Man United.
# Tighthead
A long way from Canberra: Bealham gets big chance to shine
The 31-year-old Connacht man gets his first Six Nations start for Ireland on Saturday.
'We wanted the roof closed' - Farrell urges Ireland to embrace Cardiff atmosphere
The Ireland head coach says Finlay Bealham deserves his starting chance against Wales.
# Possible Team
McCloskey set to start for Ireland in Six Nations clash against Wales
The Ulster centre impressed during the autumn and could get the nod ahead of Bundee Aki.
# Calm
'I'd be getting sick before games' - Porter has calmed the big-match nerves
Ireland’s loosehead prop is excited about a big scrum battle in Cardiff.
# Fully Fit
Sexton good to go for Ireland after training without face mask for first time
The 37-year-old skipper isn’t buying Warren Gatland’s words about Wales having a free hit.
# Selection
Byrne and Crowley vie for back-up slot to Sexton against the Welsh
Andy Farrell’s bench selections could be pivotal against Wales.
# Nous
Gatland reveals hand by calling on the veterans for Wales against Ireland
The Wales boss has brought back some experienced heads alongside a sprinkling of youth.
# Welsh ties
'I’d made my decision that I wanted to wear green, not to be in red'
Tadhg Beirne had the option of playing for Wales but decided to return home to Ireland.