Sporting Digest: Rugby Union

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Newport have made Steve Jones their first full-time coach - even though he is in his fourth season in charge at the club. The chairman, David Watkins, said: "It is ridiculous having part-time staff with full-time players."

The Dunvant prop Richard Llewellyn has been banned for two matches by the Welsh Rugby Union's disciplinary committee, following his citing by Cross Keys for an incident during their National League Division One match on 20 September.

Melrose, the Scottish Tennents Velvet Cup holders, were yesterday given a home match against Glenrothes on their entry into this year's competition. The draw for the third round brought in the 30 Premiership clubs for the first time, with teams from the top two divisions seeded. The matches are to be played on Sunday 9th November.

SCOTTISH TENNENTS VELVET CUP Third- round draw: Peebles v Ayr, Selkirk v West of Scotland, Kinross v Kelso, Glasgow Hawks v Cumbernauld, Bigar v Hillhead/Jordanhill, Currie v Allan Glens, Berwick v Heriot's FP, Howe of Fife v Stirling County, Dundee HSFP v Stewart's-Melville, Boroughmuir v Livingston, Wigtonshire v Watsonians, Melrose v Glenrothes, Dunfermline v Kirkcaldy, Madrass College FP v Kilmarnock Falcons, Gordonians v Preston Lodge FP, Jed-Forest v Lochaber, Haddington v Hawick, Musselburgh v Cumnock, St Boswells v Edinburgh Academicals, Gala v Hawick Trades, Dalziel v Duns, Falkirk v Strathendrick, Alloa v Aberdeen GSFP, Corstorphine v Linlithgow, Langholm v Forrester FR, East Kilbride v Stewartry, Trinity Academics v Penicuik, Grangemouth v Dumfries, Hutchesons'-Aloysians v Annan, Murrayfield Wanderers v Aberdeenshire, Garnock v Hamilton Academics, Glasgow Southern v RAF Lossiemouth.

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