South Wales Scorpions got their third win in four games in the north-east on Sunday, but credit must be given to an improving Gateshead Thunder side who gave them a few scares and made the Welsh fight all the way for their 28-16 victory.
Wales have called Cardiff Blues outside half Rhys Patchell and Newport Gwent Dragons hooker Sam Parry into their training squad for the tour of Japan but Scarlets fly-half Rhys Priestland has been ruled out of the tour.
South Wales Scorpions suffered a fifth defeat in a row to London Skolars as the hosts dominated the second half of a scrappy game.
Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium is to host eight games, including two quarter final matches, during the 2015 Rugby World Cup.
Wales have named a 32-man training squad to prepare for the forthcoming two-test tour of Japan.
Head coach for the tour, Robin McBryde, has selected a squad that includes 15 players who formed part of the successful 2013 RBS 6 Nations squad and features 11 uncapped players.
The 37-strong party was unveiled by Tour Manager Andy Irvine and Head Coach Warren Gatland.
The squad for the ten match, three-Test series is made up of 15 Welshmen, ten Englishmen, nine Irishmen and three Scotsmen and will be captained by Wales’ Sam Warburton.
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South Wales Scorpions won at home for the first time this season after being Rochdale Hornets 30-28 at The Gnoll in Neath on Sunday.
Principality Welsh Premiership, Saturday April 27 2013.
Match report and photography by Ian Lovell.
Llandovery edged past Bedwas in an 11 try fiesta which could have seen either side win the game but the Drovers prevailed to earn a home play-off tie with Llanelli.
The Welsh Rugby Union are pleased to confirm that assistant coach Neil Jenkins will join the British and Irish Lions coaching team for the forthcoming tour to Australia.
During a fairly scrappy opening to the game, it was a Dai Flanagan penalty that opened the scoring for Pontypridd with two minutes gone. The visiting team maintained momentum by launching a wide attack from line out possession to send winger Owen Williams over for a try.