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  1. That's all folks...

    Welsh sport has delivered some big headlines today. Thanks for sharing the journey and don't forget you can hear all the reaction tonight on Radio Wales Sport, along with commentary from Wigan v Cardiff and Wrexham v Forest Green Rovers.

    There's more on the BBC Sport Wales website.

  2. Warren Gatland on Roger Lewis

    When we have gone to ask for finance for support for the team, whether it's staff or facilities, he has been absolutely outstanding. And off the field you have to look at the figures of the debt that has been reduced.

  3. Cuthbert "not as sharp as he was"

    Talking about wing Alex Cuthbert, excluded from the team to face France, Warren Gatland said: "He's not quite as sharp as he was in the summer.

    "Last year when we went to South Africa, the South Africans struggled to handle him… He's probably not quite where he was seven or eight months ago."

  4. Warren Gatland on Roger Lewis:

    It (Lewis's decision to leave) probably does have a bearing on my future.

  5. Wales coach Warren Gatland:

    Liam Williams deserves a chance an opportunity and George is coming back after being ruled out by us.

  6. Live video

    Click the 'live coverage' tab to see Warren Gatland face the media.

  7. Live coverage coming up - we hope!

    We are hoping to bring you live video coverage of Warren Gatland's media conference - however, high winds are creating problems with our satellite signal.

  8. Rob Phillips, BBC Wales Football Correspondent

    I understand Cardiff City director Steve Borley and chief executive Ken Choo were due to travel to Wigan, but this will now not happen.

    No one has ever been in doubt about the animosity between Cardiff owner Vincent Tan and former boss Malky Mackay, and this latest episode underlines the depth of feeling.

    This undermines the contention of both managers that this is just another game. At a higher level this is clearly a grudge match.

    And if anything this increases the pressure on Cardiff boss Russell Slade then it must be the fact Wigan have a woeful home record - and he won't want to explain a poor result to the owner.

  9. Bluebirds board in Wigan match boycott

    After a rush of rugby around the Wales team announcement, you may have missed this rather weighty Cardiff City story...

    The Bluebirds' board members are boycotting tonight's Championship game at Wigan in protest at what they allege to be a club owned and managed by racists. At least two members of the board were planning to travel but owner Vincent Tan has instructed them not to and they are said to support his position.

    Vincent Tan

    In December, Wigan owner Dave Whelan was fined £50,000 for making racist comments about Jewish and Chinese people. He also served a six-week ban from all football-related activity. However, a Football Association disciplinary commission said it was "satisfied" Whelan "is not a racist" and did not intend to cause offence.

  10. Blake to join Newport County board

    Nathan Blake during his time with Wolverhampton Wanderers
    Image caption: Former Cardiff City striker Nathan Blake is to join the board of Newport County.

    Former Wales and Cardiff City striker Nathan Blake is to be appointed to the board of his home-town club Newport County.

    The one-time Premier League player has been in talks with County's chairman Les Scadding and Blake will have further negotiations with County directors this week before being confirmed as a non executive director.

    The 43-year-old is set to become the fourth new non-executive member of County's six-man board inside four weeks following the return of former chairman Chris Blight.

  11. France v Wales - it's a long story

    France v Wales

    The first international between Wales and France took place in 1908 in Cardiff, and the teams have met 92 times in total.

    Wales are ahead in the series, but only just, though they have won the title nine more times than France.

    In fairness, six of those were claimed before the French joined the tournament.

  12. Your reaction to Warren Gatland's team selection

    There's been a mixed reaction to Warren Gatland's team selection on social media. Here is a sample of how people feel about the Welsh side...

    Vince Harris: Scott Williams should be starting - neither wings will see the ball!

    George Turner: Player selection is not the problem, it's tactics.

    David Ferguson: Liam Williams deserves his place. Far more creative and difficult to defend against. Cuthbert too predictable.

    Dave Buckley: An on form Hibbard wouldn't be dropped but he's miles off that.

    The BIG B: Looks good. Cuthbert needed to be dropped. Bring it on Frenchies!

    Revey Ace: Feel For Cuths etc but we lost the 6N in February. It's all about squads & WC now.

    We will have live video as Warren Gatland faces the media at 13: 00 GMT. You can join the debate by tweeting using #BBCSportWales, or email us.

  13. George North beats Aussie wing's record

    Joe Roff
    Image caption: Australian legend Joe Roff was 24 years old when he played his 50th Test match

    Wales wing George North will become the youngest player to reach 50 international appearances when he takes the field against France in Paris on Saturday.

    It will be his 47th appearance for Wales, but he played in all three Tests for the British and Irish Lions against Australia in 2013 - taking his tally of Tests to the half century.

    North will be 22 years and 321 days on Saturday, so will overtake the previous record of former Australia wing Joe Roff, who got there six weeks after his 24th birthday during the 1999 Rugby World Cup.

  14. Warren Gatland on his team selection

    "We have made some tough calls and there were some tight decisions but it is a very strong team we are putting out," said Wales Head Coach Warren Gatland.

    "We have a lot of strength in depth at second-row, it is a chance for Luke Charteris to get a start and we have been impressed with Bradley Davies as well. It is nothing against Jake but we have a lot of strength in depth and it's an opportunity to see the other two.

    "It's a chance for Scott Baldwin to start as well, the last time he started he went well in the victory over South Africa. It is great to have Samson back available and it was a tough call in the back-three but we have decided to go with Liam and George."

    What do you think? Will this team be good enough to beat France?

    Follow it all right here and join the debate by tweeting using #BBCSportWales, or email us.

  15. Wales make four changes for France

    George North missed the win over Scotland
    Image caption: George North missed the match against Scotland

    Wales have made four changes from the team that beat Scotland for Saturday's visit to Paris.

    George North returns on the right wing in place of Alex Cuthbert, with Liam Williams retaining his place on the left wing. Scott Baldwin comes in at hooker for Richard Hibbard who drops to the bench.

    Samson Lee returns at tight-head with Aaron Jarvis dropping to the bench and Luke Charteris joins Alun Wyn Jones in the second row in place of Jake Ball, who drops out of the match day 23.


    Replacements: Richard Hibbard (Gloucester), Paul James (Bath), Aaron Jarvis (Ospreys), Bradley Davies (Wasps), Justin Tipuric (Ospreys), Mike Phillips (Racing Metro), Rhys Priestland (Scarlets), Scott Williams (Scarlets).

  16. Wales team . . . it's getting close now

    Who will play for Wales against France?

    Will Liam Williams keep his place on the wing? Will Alex Cuthbert make the team?

    Has tight-head Samson Lee recovered from his concussion?

    We'll find out at 11:00 GMT.

  17. Roger Lewis's view

    "The time is right for me to step down after a remarkable period at the helm of the WRU. It has been a fantastic and memorable journey both on and off the pitch and I would like to thank the board for their backing during some challenging times. By announcing this in advance, we are ensuring that the transition can be well managed and in the interests of Welsh rugby."

  18. And a strong opinion on Roger Lewis's legacy...

    David Moffett, former WRU chief executive

    It's clear that Welsh rugby has not been very well run for the last two or three years. Roger Lewis inherited a fantastic rugby union and in actual fact I've been struggling since I found out about this to actually come up with anything that he's done that's been positive for Welsh rugby.

    The one thing that he will point to is that he drove the debt down and that has proven to be an absolute disaster for Welsh rugby because while the debt was reduced the game at the grassroots has been kept poor. Outside of that I've really struggled to find out what positive impact he has made on Welsh rugby.

  19. Post update

    Slade keeping his eye on the ball

    Russell Slade
    Image caption: Cardiff City manager Russell Slade says his focus is on the pitch.

    Cardiff City have not won in eight matches and have drawn their last four.

    But manager Russell Slade claims the team are improving: "I can see that improvement day in and day out and we're very solid at the minute," he said.

    "And while we haven't got that elusive win we're not panicking because we know if we're playing with that honesty and that accountability out there on the pitch then the results will take care of themselves in the end.

    "It's all about focus and what's happening on the pitch."

  20. Mackay is 'not out to make point'

    Malky MacKay

    Wigan boss Malky Mackay said tonight's game against his former cub Cardiff City is just another game.

    Speaking before the news that Cardiff's board had been instructed to boycott the match, Mackay said he had nothing to prove.

    "It's never about proving a point," he said.

    "You make friends and you have special moments at every club you're at...and they are the things that you hold onto.

    "I have very, very good memories of my time at Cardiff - the fans are sensational and the football team and staff in general all came together and we managed to do something that hadn't been done for 50 years.

    "I had great times down there. It's absolutely a large part of my life."

  21. Post update

    Rob Phillips, BBC Wales Football Correspondent

    Vincent Tan's instruction for a boycott tonight proves that this is more than just another game and that the bad feeling from the Cardiff owner towards Malky Mackay is by no means diminished.

    But it's something the Cardiff team and management could've done without and their focus will have to be on the football given the threat of relegation.

    What do you think? Will this be distraction for the team and management.

    Follow it all right here and join the debate by tweeting using #BBCSportWales, or email us.

  22. Historic highs and plenty of controversy

    Wales have won three Six Nations titles, including two Grand Slams, since Roger Lewis took over as chief executive of the Welsh Rugby Union in 2006.

    But it's been a bumpy ride to say the least. There have been long-running battles with the four Welsh regions over funding and governance of the game in Wales, with the latest dispute finally settled by a £60m deal in August 2014.

    And who can forget the moment that Gareth Jenkins was removed as Wales head coach in 2007? It was a brutal dismissal, with rumours that Jenkins was informed of the WRU's decision in a car park... there were certainly grim faces that day.

    Gareth Jenkins
  23. So who is Welsh Rugby Union chief Roger Lewis?

    Roger Lewis' CV
  24. Get involved #BBCSportWales

    It's been quite a morning... to recap...

    Vincent Tan, Cardiff City's controversial owner, has told his board to stay away from tonight's Championship game at Wigan, in protest at what they allege to be a club owned and managed by racists.

    Another of the most powerful and controversial figures in Welsh sport, Roger Lewis, has revealed he will leave his role as Welsh Rugby Union chief executive in the autumn.

    And if that wasn't enough, Wales are due to announce their team to take on France in the Six Nations at 11:00 GMT.

    Follow it all right here and join the debate by tweeting using #BBCSportWales, or email us.

    What do you make of today's breaking news? And who should Wales coach Warren Gatland pick to face France?

  25. Who will play against France?

    Alex Cuthbert
    Image caption: Alex Cuthbert's place in the Wales team is in jeopardy, says Ian Evans

    A lot of rugby politics here, but what about the team to play France?

    Will George North return? Will Liam Williams keep his place in the team.

    Well, Bristol and Wales second row Ian Evans expects Warren Gatland to give the big Northampton Saints wing a place back in the team after being rested for the win in Scotland after taking two blows to the head against England.

    "He'll [North] probably have the heads up to start against France," said 2013 British and Irish Lion Evans.

    He believes that will mean Alex Cuthbert dropping out of the starting XV and Liam Williams staying on the wing.

    What do you think?

  26. Post update

    Get involved

    BBC Radio Wales are discussing Roger Lewis' impending departure on Morning Call with Oliver Hides. You can call Ollie on 03700 100 110.

    Gwyn's done just that and he says: "Sport is a business and it's taken the Union quite some time to recognise that.

    "[But] in the last six years under Roger, the WRU has pumped a lot of money into grassroots rugby."

    Dave disagrees, saying: "I go to a game every Saturday in the Championship and see the demise of some great rugby clubs because the Union have not put enough money into the grassroots."

    Call Ollie

    You can also join the debate by tweeting using #BBCSportWales or by emailing us.

  27. Post update

    Former Wales centre Tom Shanklin

    A lot of the regions have had a hard time dealing with him, I've always got on well with Roger.

    I think we can look back and say he's done a great job, he's brought the debt down massively at the stadium.

    He's the guy that brought in Warren Gatland, and you've seen how well Warren's done for Wales.

  28. Post update

    Ross Harries

    BBC Scrum V presenter

    When he steps down Roger Lewis will be the third longest-serving chief executive in the WRU's 134-year history.

    He'll have been at the helm for nine years, many of which have been turbulent and eventful. During his tenure, Wales have enjoyed their most consistent period of success since the 1970s.

    They've won two Six Nations Grand Slams, a championship, and reached the a World Cup semi-final.

    Roger Lewis (L) appointed New Zealander Warren Gatland (R) as Wales head coach in November 2007
    Image caption: Roger Lewis (L) appointed New Zealander Warren Gatland (R) as Wales head coach in November 2007

    Off the pitch, he's helped drive down the Millennium Stadium debt to a record low of £14m.

    But while that approach has earned him praise in some quarters, it's led to criticism from others, his detractors arguing that other areas of the game have gone underfunded as a result of the policy to reduce the debt.

    And the long-running civil war between the regions and the union - which severely damaged the image of Welsh rugby - will leave an undoubted scar on his legacy.

  29. Post update

    BBC Sport's David Ornstein reports:

    The entire Cardiff City board will boycott Tuesday's Championship game at Wigan in protest at what they allege to be a club owned and managed by racists.

    It is understood the Cardiff owner Vincent Tan has instructed directors not to attend the match and they are said to support this position.

    Wigan owner Dave Whelan was fined £50,000 for making racist comments about Jewish and Chinese people.

    He also served a six-week ban from all football-related activity.

    However, a Football Association disciplinary commission said it was "satisfied" Whelan "is not a racist" and did not intend to cause offence.

    Malky Mackay
    Image caption: Wigan are currently 23rd in the Championship after just two wins under manager Malky Mackay

    The 78-year-old's comments were made as he defended the appointment of Malky Mackay as the new Latics manager in November.

    Mackay is currently under investigation by the FA regarding allegations he sent "sexist, racist and homophobic" text messages during his time in charge of Cardiff, who sacked him in December 2013.

  30. Eventful day in Welsh sport

    Good morning and welcome to a busy day in the world of Welsh sport.

    Cardiff City owner Vincent Tan has instructed his board to boycott tonight's match at Wigan, who are managed by former Bluebirds boss Malky MacKay.

    In rugby Roger Lewis, one of Wales' most important and controversial figures, has announced he will be stepping down as chief executive of the Welsh Rugby Union after the World Cup in October.

    And later on we'll bring you the team news as coach Warren Gatland names his side to face France in the Six Nations in Paris on Saturday.

    We'll bring you that at 11:00 GMT.