Sporting Digest: Rugby Union

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STEVE WILLIAMS, of Neath, has dropped out of the Wales A team to play Ireland A in Dublin on Friday. Cardiff's Hemi Taylor moves from the flank to No 8, and Andrew Gibbs, of Newbridge, comes into the side.

WALES A (v Ireland A, Donnybrook, 4 Feb): I W Jones (Llanelli); D Manley, S Lewis (both Pontypridd), M Wintle (Llanelli), G Wilkins (Bridgend); A Williams (Swansea), P John (Pontypridd, capt); I Buckett (Swansea), B Williams (Neath), L Mustoe (Cardiff), P Arnold (Swansea), D Jones (Cardiff), A Gibbs (Newbridge), L Jones (Llanelli), H Taylor (Cardiff). Replacements: A Palfrey, A Davies (both Cardiff), R Howley (Bridgend), J Humphreys (Cardiff), R Shaw (Swansea), H Stone (Cardiff).