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Plaid Cymru claims Wales would win Rugby World Cup under its government

Wales lost 40-17 against New Zealand in the competition’s third place play-off game in Tokyo, Japan.

Wales have finished fourth in the Rugby World Cup
Wales have finished fourth in the Rugby World Cup

By Adam Hale, PA Wales Correspondent

Wales would be more likely to win the next Rugby World Cup under a Plaid Cymru government, the party has said.

Its grassroots sports spokeswoman said Plaid would increase investment into Welsh sport following Wales’ 40-17 loss to New Zealand in a third place play-off game in Tokyo on Friday.

Helen Mary-Jones said: “The route to success is investing in our young people, developing the sports men and women that will lead Wales on the sporting world stage in the future.

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Plaid Cymru’s grassroots sports spokeswoman Helen Mary-Jones (Nick Potts/PA)

“That is before we even mention the huge health benefits this programme would have.

“With such a radical programme of investment, we can give Wales the best possible chance of winning the next World Cup.”

Ms Mary-Jones said council budget cuts by the current Welsh Government under Labour meant spending on sports facilities and programmes had been cut by 36.3% compared to 2009/10.

PA

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