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Merv the Swerve would have said this was deserved

Mervyn, you feel, would have approved. That wonderful Wales No 8 of the 1970s, Mervyn Davies, who died on Thursday, knew that Grand Slams seldom come easy and the victory yesterday was as hard-fought as any. But now Wales believe they have a side which will, in time, come to bear comparison with those of the famed "decade of the Dragon", of which Davies was so integral a part.

Scotland may appeal after IRB rules that Shingler is a Welshman

As if Scotland, who have lost all three of their Six Nations games, did not have enough on their plate ahead of tomorrow's visit to Dublin, the Inter-national Rugby Board served up more misery yesterday by ruling against the London Irish midfielder Steve Shingler's bid to play for them.

Rebecca Adlington after winning with ease at the Aquatics Centre

Swimming: Adlington embarks on Olympic mission with statement of intent

Two days down and a dozen in the bag. It is as stark as that; finish in the top two and inside the required time and a place at the home Games is the reward. There is no more crushing championships in which to win a bronze – then endure the medal ceremony – than these Olympics trials and the unifying emotion of all the qualifiers, be it Rebecca Adlington, with her two Olympic golds, or 17-year-old Craig Benson, who grabbed his place in the 100m breaststroke by three-hundredths of a second, was simple: relief.

A view of Wembley Stadium

National anthems will not be played out Wembley amid fears of booing

National anthems will not be played at Sunday's Carling Cup final between Liverpool and Cardiff, the Football League have confirmed.

Ice breaker: On-loan Gylfi Sigurdsson celebrates scoring Swansea’s first goal

Cool Sigurdsson keeps Swansea blazing away

West Bromwich Albion 1 Swansea City 2

Capello considers calling up Swans

Swansea City trio Leon Britton, Scott Sinclair and Nathan Dyer could all be in line for shock England call-ups after Fabio Capello sent his assistant Stuart Pearce on a scouting mission to south Wales this week.

Woman jailed for using six-year-old girl to burgle

A woman who duped a six-year-old girl into breaking into a house and stealing a laptop was jailed yesterday for 20 months.

Thierry Henry revels in his fairytale comeback against Leeds

The Last Word: Henry should not have left in the first place

Instead of chasing his own ambition, he could have left a legacy at the club he clearly adores

Josh McEachran's chances at Chelsea have been severely limited

Swansea reach agreement on Josh McEachran loan from Chelsea

Swansea have reached an agreement to loan Josh McEachran from Chelsea but will have to wait before the midfielder can complete the move to south Wales.

Enda Stevens becomes Villa's first January signing

Aston Villa signing Enda Stevens eager to learn

New Aston Villa signing Enda Stevens is aiming to learn from fellow left-back Stephen Warnock after completing his move from Shamrock Rovers.

Rhodri Marsden: In which Rhodri is moved by an ancestral tape recording

I don't sound Welsh enough for my liking. My name might suggest a sonorous voice suited to performing at the Eisteddfod or auctioning cattle in Abergavenny, but I've got a nondescript southern accent that could come from anywhere within a 70-mile radius of London. It actually comes from within a seven-mile radius of Luton: the dialectological equivalent of magnolia paint. I suppose I could affect a Welsh accent, but that would make me look even more desperate for attention that I already do, and I'd probably sound like Nick Clegg doing a bad impression of Gandhi.

Swansea’s Nathan Dyer celebrates scoring against Aston Villa

Swans are up and running on the road against Villa

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Mark Gower is desperate to turn out for Swansea against Spurs today

Gower's day of destiny with Spurs arrives

Cruelly denied a first-team chance at the Lane, the Swansea man hopes at last to face his old club in the top flight, he tells James Corrigan

Jamie Mackie's equaliser was only the third goal that Swansea have conceded at home all season

Neil Warnock: How Arsène lent Joey wings for the birth of baby Cassius

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Swansea hitman Graham is happy he snubbed QPR

Swansea striker Danny Graham insists he made the right decision to join the Swans over Queen's Park Rangers, who travel to south Wales for today's tea-time kick-off.

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