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Parliament suspension: Thousands protest across the UK

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Media captionCrowds fill Whitehall in central London to protest against Boris Johnson’s plans to suspend Parliament

Demonstrations have been taking place across the UK against Boris Johnson’s decision to suspend Parliament in the run-up to Brexit.

Thousands of protesters took to the streets in cities including Manchester, Leeds, York and Belfast.

Parts of central London were brought to a standstill, as people chanted: “Boris Johnson, shame on you.”

A small group of counter-protesters, marching in support of the prime minister, also arrived in Westminster.

Mr Johnson’s plan to prorogue Parliament prompted an angry backlash from MPs and opponents of a no-deal Brexit when he announced it on Wednesday.

If the prorogation happens as expected, Parliament will be closed for 23 working days.

Critics view the length and timing of the suspension – coming just weeks before the Brexit deadline on 31 October – as controversial.

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Image caption Thousands registered their interest in the protests – including in Manchester – on social media
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Image caption In Whitehall, protesters gathered to hear from speakers including Labour’s shadow home secretary Diane Abbott
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Image caption Police kept a watchful eye on protesters as arguments broke out in Westminster

Protests were held place in more than 30 towns and cities across the UK, including Edinburgh, Belfast, Cambridge, Exeter, Nottingham, Liverpool, Manchester and Birmingham.

In London, demonstrators stopped traffic in Whitehall and the West End.

They also staged a sit-down protest in the roads around Trafalgar Square, before marching to Buckingham Palace shouting: “Whose democracy? Our democracy.”

As of just before 19:00 BST, the Met Police said it had made three arrests but gave no further details.

NHS pharmacist Bridie Walton, 55, said she had never been to a demonstration before, but joined the protest in Exeter to oppose Mr Johnson’s plan.

“These are the actions of a man who is afraid his arguments will not stand scrutiny,” she said.

In Liverpool, Paula Carlyle said she was “proud” to stand alongside protesters “who voted both Remain and Leave”.

“We will not be silenced,” she said. “Without us you have no power and we will continue to show ours until Mr Johnson is stopped.”

In Oxford, crowds holding banners gathered outside Balliol College, where Mr Johnson studied at university.

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Image caption In Oxford, protesters gathered outside Mr Johnson’s former college
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Image caption The protests were triggered by Mr Johnson’s move to suspend Parliament until 17 days before the Brexit deadline
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Image caption Many of the protests – like the one in Exeter – began at 11:00 BST, while others started at midday

Named “Stop the Coup”, the protests are organised by anti-Brexit campaign group Another Europe is Possible.

Small protests also took place in Amsterdam, Berlin and the Latvian capital Riga.

Speaking at a rally in Glasgow, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said the protesters’ message to the prime minister was: “No way do you take us out without a deal.”

“Demonstrations are taking place everywhere because people are angered and outraged about what is happening,” he added.

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Image caption Protesters marched to Buckingham Palace, after the Queen formally approved Mr Johnson’s plan
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Image caption Police began moving protesters off the roads around Trafalgar Square

Shadow chancellor John McDonnell and shadow home secretary Diane Abbott both addressed crowds in London.

Speaking from a stage near Downing Street, Ms Abbott told protesters: “We cannot allow Boris Johnson to shut down Parliament and to shut down the voice of ordinary British people.”

Meanwhile in Bristol, former Liberal Democrat MP Stephen Williams said by suspending Parliament, Mr Johnson had left MPs “with about four days to make the most important decision of any of our lifetimes”.

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Image caption Protesters dressed as children’s characters in Plymouth
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Image caption By late morning at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, small crowds had gathered – one of three protests abroad
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Chancellor Sajid Javid, speaking on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, defended the prime minister’s decision to suspend Parliament.

He said: “It’s quite usual this time of year for Parliament to go in to a recess. It’s perfectly correct and appropriate to prorogue Parliament.

“I think it’s absolutely right that this prime minister and his government get the chance to set up their agenda.”


UK divided over what democracy means

It’s a far cry from the numbers that we saw marching through Westminster earlier this year. I think we’d probably measure this one in the thousands [in central London].

But there are deeply-held passions here, different kinds of passions. Some are here because they don’t like Boris Johnson’s government, some because they are worried about proroguing Parliament, some because they don’t want no deal, some because they don’t want Brexit at all.

There’s been a lot of talk about democracy from the people I’ve spoken to here today, but actually I think what it comes down to is a country which is riven by very different definitions about what democracy actually means.


The Jo Cox Foundation, which was set up in the wake of the Labour MP’s murder in 2016, warned that anger over Brexit “should not spill over into something more dangerous”.

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Meanwhile, a petition against the prime minister’s plan to suspend Parliament has received more than 1.5 million signatures.

And on Friday, former Tory Prime Minister Sir John Major announced he will join forces with anti-Brexit campaigner Gina Miller to oppose the decision to suspend Parliament in the courts.

He believes Mr Johnson’s move to suspend Parliament is aimed at preventing MPs from opposing a no-deal Brexit.

The prime minister has dismissed suggestions that suspending Parliament is motivated by a desire to force through a no deal, calling them “completely untrue”.

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said: “The idea this is some kind of constitutional outrage is nonsense.”


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Aguero hits two as Man City thrash Brighton

Manchester City have scored eight goals in their last two league games against Brighton

Manchester City eased to victory over Brighton as Sergio Aguero hit two goals to continue his record of scoring in all four of his team’s Premier League games this season.

Belgium midfielder Kevin de Bruyne set the reigning champions on their way when he poked David Silva’s low cross over the line after just 68 seconds.

Aguero finished off a free-flowing move to double the lead before producing a sumptuous curl from the edge of the penalty after half-time.

Substitute Bernardo Silva completed the scoring with his second touch after replacing David Silva.

However, City lost French defender Aymeric Laporte to injury. The former Athletic Bilbao player was carried off on a stretcher after a collision with Adam Webster before being taken to hospital.

Ruthless City show no mercy

City have scored 14 goals in their first four matches this campaign.

Having hit five against West Ham on the opening weekend of the season, they scored two against Tottenham and put three past Bournemouth before notching another four against Brighton.

If they carry on scoring at this rate, averaging 3.5 goals per game throughout the season, they will end up with 133 top-flight goals.

At the age of 31, Sergio Aguero continues to show the same desire and hunger as when he first joined in 2011 from Atletico Madrid for £38m.

Having scored 21 in each of his last two season’s to help City to back-to-back league titles, the Argentine already has six goals from four matches this term and is the Premier League’s leading scorer.

Despite the score, this was not vintage City but Aguero’s two goals and assist inspired his team as he took his tally to 237 goals for the club. Fitness permitting, he will be past 250 by Christmas.

After De Bruyne broke the deadlock from close range in the second minute, Aguero finished off a superb move started by Kyle Walker and involved Riyad Mahrez and De Bruyne.

His third was a superb curler past Mat Ryan before Bernardo Silva got in on the act with a clever finish.

Laporte injury a worry for Guardiola

Despite his side’s routine win, Pep Guardiola will be concerned at the loss of Laporte – particularly as central defence is not an area of strength for City.

Laporte cut across Webster, who was making his Premier League debut, as he tried to stop Brighton surging forward.

He went down heavily and there was a delay while the player received treatment on the pitch before being taken to hospital to have the injury assessed.

Guardiola, who opted not to replace defender Vincent Kompany after the Belgian left in the summer, sent on Fernandinho to operate alongside Nicolas Otamendi, with John Stones injured.

Although Brazilian Fernandinho is more than capable of doing the job, the loss of Laporte for any length of time could cause Guardiola problems.

Brighton plan undone by early goal

A visit to City, who clinched the title at the Amex Stadium on the final day of last season, was pretty much a free-hit for Brighton who will target maximum points in their next two games against Burnley and Newcastle.

Having suffered nine defeats in 12 games against the teams that finished in the top six last season, few gave them a chance to avoid defeat – although Crystal Palace’s surprise win at the Etihad last December was not lost on Graham Potter.

“We need a bit of luck, to play well and hope they have a bad day,” said the Brighton boss before the game.

His side’s plan to frustrate and hit the champions on the break did not last two minutes as De Bruyne struck early, yet Brighton did create chances.

Ederson saved from Leandro Trossard at the end of the first half while the Belgian spurned another chance after half-time.

Having taken four points from the first two games, Brighton have lost two back-to-back games and will target a quick return to winning ways after the international break.

Man of the match – Sergio Aguero (Man City)

Sergio Aguero produced another masterclass in the art of scoring, with two goals in the space of 13 minutes either side of half-time before setting up Bernardo Silva

99 not out – the stats

  • Man City forward Sergio Aguero has scored 99 Premier League goals at the Etihad – only Thierry Henry at Highbury (114) and Wayne Rooney at Old Trafford (101) have scored more at a single venue in Premier League history.
  • Brighton remain winless in every away league match they have played against City.
  • City have won 17 of their last 18 Premier League games since losing 2-1 to Newcastle United in January.
  • Since his Premier League debut in August 2010, City’s David Silva has assisted 87 Premier League goals – 27 more than any other player.
  • City’s Kevin de Bruyne has been involved in nine goals in his last seven Premier League starts.

What’s next?

Both teams have a two-week recess due to the first international break of the season, but Norwich City await Manchester City at Carrow Road on 14 September (17:30 BST) – the same day Brighton host Burnley (15:00 BST).

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Formula 2 driver Anthoine Hubert killed in Belgium crash

Hubert was part of Renault’s young driver programme

Formula 2 driver Anthoine Hubert has been killed in a crash at the Belgian Grand Prix, motorsport’s governing body the FIA has said.

The Frenchman, who was 22, suffered a huge impact from the car of American Juan Manuel Correa at about 170mph at the Raidillon swerves.

An FIA statement said that Hubert was taken to the medical centre after the incident, and died at 18:35 local time.

Correa was taken to Liege hospital and is in a stable condition, the FIA said.

There was no immediate further information on Correa’s condition.

The race was stopped after the crash and cancelled within a few minutes when the potential seriousness of the accident became clear.

Hubert, who drove for the BWT Arden team, was lying eighth in the championship and had scored two wins this season, in Monaco and France.

Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes team said in a statement: “The entire Mercedes family sends its deepest condolences to the family and friends of Anthoine Hubert, and his Arden and Renault teams on this tragic day.”

Lewis Hamilton wrote on Instagram: “This is devastating. God rest your soul Anthoine. My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family today.

“If a single one of you watching and enjoying this sport think for a second what we do is safe your hugely mistaken. All these drivers put their life on the line when they hit the track and people need to appreciate that in a serious way because it is not appreciated enough.

“Not from the fans nor some of the people actually working in the sport. Anthoine is a hero as far as I’m concerned, for taking the risk he did to chase his dreams. I’m so sad that this has happened. Let’s left him up and remember him. Rest in peace brother.”

McLaren driver Lando Norris paid tribute on social media
The crash occurred just after the daunting Eau Rouge corner
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Accrington boy, 16, charged with Lindsay Birbeck’s murder

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A 16-year-old boy has been charged with murdering a teaching assistant whose body was found in a cemetery.

Lindsay Birbeck 47, was last seen in Huncoat, Lancashire, on 12 August and was found dead at Accrington Cemetery on 24 August.

Post-mortem tests found she had been strangled.

The teenager, from Accrington, who cannot be named because of his age, is due to appear at Blackburn Magistrates’ Court on Monday.

Ms Birbeck’s disappearance prompted wide-ranging searches by hundreds of members of the public.

Her children Steven, 19 and Sarah, 16, said they had lost “not only our mum but our best friend too”.

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What happened in the Premier League? Man City, Leicester, West Ham and Crystal Palace win

Kevin de Bruyne’s early strike set Manchester City on their way to victory against Brighton

Kevin de Bruyne scored after just 68 seconds as Premier League champions Manchester City cruised to a 4-0 victory over Brighton.

De Bruyne poked home David Silva’s square pass to break the deadlock, with Sergio Aguero extended City’s lead with two sublime goals.

Second-half substitute Bernardo Silva scored with his second touch to seal victory for Pep Guardiola’s side.

However, City defender Aymeric Laporte will be out “for a while” after being stretchered off with a knee injury.

Elsewhere, Sheffield United recovered from two goals down to claim an impressive 2-2 draw against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

A clinical first-half double from Tammy Abraham appeared to have put the Blues on course for victory, but Callum Robinson’s first goal for the Blades and Kurt Zouma’s late own goal earned Chris Wilder’s side a point.

In the day’s early game, Manchester United had to settle for a 1-1 draw against 10-man Southampton at St Mary’s.

A superb Daniel James strike – his third of the campaign – gave United the lead, but Jannik Vestergaard’s towering second-half header salvaged a point for the Saints, who held on for a draw despite Kevin Danso’s dismissal for a second bookable offence.

Sebastien Haller scored his third goal in two games as West Ham beat Norwich 2-0 at the London Stadium to extend their unbeaten league run to three games.

Haller, a summer signing from Eintracht Frankfurt, slid home after fine work from Arthur Masuaku, and Andriy Yarmolenko scored the second with a left-footed volley.

Jamie Vardy scored his second and third goals of the season as Leicester City extended their unbeaten start with a 3-1 victory over Bournemouth at the King Power Stadium.

Vardy’s outstanding lob over Cherries goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale put the Foxes in front, but Callum Wilson’s first goal of the campaign levelled matters.

Youri Tielemans restored the hosts’ lead late in the first half before setting up Vardy’s second as Brendan Rodgers’ team moved into the top four.

Jordan Ayew’s instinctive finish earned Crystal Palace a 1-0 win against Aston Villa, who had Trezeguet dismissed for a second bookable offence nine minutes after the break.

The victory moves Palace up to fourth in the table, with two wins, a draw and a defeat from their four games so far.

Watford claimed their first point of the campaign with a hard-fought 1-1 draw against Newcastle United at St James’ Park.

Will Hughes steered Tom Cleverley’s deflected effort past Martin Dubravka to put the visitors ahead inside two minutes, but Fabian Schar’s first goal of the season earned Steve Bruce’s side a point.

Liverpool travel to Burnley in Saturday’s late game (17:30 BST), before Everton take on Wolverhampton Wanderers (14:00 BST) and Arsenal host Tottenham Hotspur (16:30 BST) in the north London derby on Sunday.

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Woman critically ill after throat cut in Glasgow attack

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A woman is critically ill in hospital after her throat was slashed by an attacker at her home in Glasgow.

Police said the 31-year-old was assaulted at a flat in Pollokshaws Road at about 01:15. It is being treated as attempted murder.

Eyewitnesses heard the woman’s husband screaming for help as he tried to get her to hospital.

A neighbour tried to stem the bleeding, while another neighbour comforted the woman’s six-year-daughter.

An eyewitness told the BBC News website: “A man ran down Pollokshaws Road shouting for an ambulance because someone had cut his wife’s throat. Two neighbours came to his aid and called 999.

“The man went into a nearby flat and brought his wife out to a car – her neck and scarf were soaked in blood.

“One neighbour put pressure on the woman’s neck while the other took the couple’s young daughter back indoors away from the scene – the man and girl were obviously very distressed.

“The police and ambulance came and taped off the flat and car. They treated the woman while she sat in the car then took her away in an ambulance. It was awful to see, I’ve heard she’s in critical condition and I just hope she and her family recover from this horrific trauma.”

A police spokesperson said the woman had been taken to Queen Elizabeth University Hospital and remains in a critical condition.

“We are treating the incident as attempted murder and officers are following a positive line of inquiry,” she added.

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Ellie Goulding marries Caspar Jopling in York Minster

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Pop stars, artists and royalty were among the guests at York Minster as singer Ellie Goulding married Caspar Jopling.

Miss Goulding, 32, became engaged to the 27-year-old art dealer last year.

Sarah Duchess of York and her daughters, Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie of York, were among the guests.

A reception was held afterwards at Castle Howard, near Malton, about 15 miles (24km) from York.

Miss Goulding arrived at the cathedral in a blue Volkswagen camper van to be greeted by cheers from the large crowd.

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Earlier downpours of rain had cleared by the time most guests arrived, in buses, for the 15:00 BST ceremony.

The princesses and their mother were greeted by Jack Brooksbank, Princess Eugenie’s husband, who was one of the groomsmen.

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Leading the celebrities arriving at York Minster and thrilling the crowds were Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom.

The world of music was also represented by James Blunt while other showbiz guests included Sienna Miller, Jo Wicks, and comedian Jimmy Carr.

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York Minster is the largest gothic cathedral in the UK and normally a couple must have a “connection” to the minster and apply for a special licence to marry there.

A minster spokesperson said the couple had “fulfilled” the qualifying criteria.

Miss Goulding was raised in Herefordshire, however Mr Jopling has strong connections to Yorkshire.

His father, the Hon Nicholas Jopling, lives at Frickley Hall, near Doncaster, south Yorkshire, and his grandfather Lord Jopling is a former Conservative MP who also served as Deputy Lieutenant of North Yorkshire.

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Hong Kong: Blue-dyed water fired at protesters defying ban

Hong Kong police used water cannon to fire blue-coloured water at protesters who defied a police ban and marched through the city.

The coloured liquid is traditionally used to make it easier for police to identify protesters.

Demonstrators lit fires, threw petrol bombs at riot police and attacked the parliament building.

The protest movement grew out of rallies against a controversial extradition bill – now suspended – which would have allowed criminal suspects to be sent to mainland China for trial.

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Afghanistan conflict: Taliban storm key northern city

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Taliban fighters have attacked the strategic northern Afghan city of Kunduz, setting off a major battle with security forces.

The governments says its air strikes have slowed down the militants, who entered the city from four directions.

But the militants have not retreated from their positions, reports say.

Reports say at least three civilians and dozens of fighters died. More casualties were reported when a suicide bomber targeted city police.

The fighting comes in the midst of historic negotiations for a deal between the Taliban and the US.

Gunfire could be heard across the city, where electricity and most telephone services had been cut.

“The city is completely empty, shops are locked, people aren’t moving, and light and heavy weapons can be heard in several parts,” resident Khaluddin told Reuters news agency.

The Taliban said they had captured several important buildings while officials said the city was still under government control.

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The attack shows the Taliban “don’t believe in the peace opportunity provided by the US and the government of Afghanistan”, presidential spokesman Sediq Sediqqi said on Twitter.

The militants have captured Kunduz twice since 2015.

After an attack in September 2015, the militants managed to hold the city for two weeks.

Many signals coming out of Kunduz

As this attack unfolds, it sends many signals. For Taliban fighters, it is a moment to parade their military prowess as they talk peace with the United States and prepare for still sensitive Afghan negotiations.

For the Afghan government, whose elite forces quickly mobilised, another confrontation in Kunduz highlights their ability to strike back and, it is expected, eventually prevail.

And, in the midst of battle, the image of Afghan ministers arriving with US Gen Austin Miller, who heads Nato’s mission in Afghanistan, underlines Washington’s continuing commitment to Kabul even as it negotiates a historic deal with the Taliban which is boosting this movement’s status.

But for many Afghans, especially anxious residents of besieged Kunduz, yet another painful moment only magnifies fears that peace is still a long way away. A US-Taliban deal, said to be very close, will not include a ceasefire – one of many issues during what will be even more difficult talks among Afghans.

The peace talks between the Taliban and the US aim to bring a nearly 18-year conflict to an end. A deal would see a phased US troop pullout in exchange for Taliban guarantees that Afghanistan will not be used by extremist groups to attack American targets.

The Taliban would also begin negotiations with an Afghan delegation on a framework for peace including an eventual ceasefire. The militants have been refusing to negotiate with the Afghan government until a timetable for the US withdrawal is agreed upon.

The Taliban now control more territory than at any point since they were toppled from power in 2001.

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Stockdale inspires Ireland to victory over Wales

Ireland wing Jacob Stockdale underlined his status as one of the world’s most lethal finishers
World Cup warm-up: Wales v Ireland
Wales (3) 17
Tries: Lane, Patchell Pens: J Evans, Patchell Con: Patchell
Ireland (15) 22
Tries: Stockdale 2, Penalty try Pen: Carty Con: Carty

Two Jacob Stockdale tries helped Ireland knock Wales off the top of the world rankings with victory in Cardiff.

Ireland built a 22-3 lead with a brace from winger Stockdale and a penalty try, before Wales staged a second-half revival through tries from Owen Lane and Rhys Patchell.

Defeat was not an ideal way to mark Warren Gatland’s last home game in charge of Wales.

Wales will name their 31-man World Cup squad on Sunday.

Ireland coach Joe Schmidt is expected to submit a provisional 31-man squad on Monday, before confirming it after the final warm-up game against Wales in Dublin next weekend.

Wales will drop to fourth and Ireland rise to second when the official World Rugby rankings are released on Monday, with New Zealand again topping the charts.

Not many Welsh players pushed their cases in their final audition before the World Cup party is selected on Saturday evening and announced on Sunday afternoon, with nine disappointed players to be dropped from the current 40-man squad.

Wing Lane was perhaps an exception with a try-scoring display on his first cap, while Hallam Amos was also prominent in the battle for a back-three place.

Replacement fly-half Patchell was also more impressive than rival Jarrod Evans in the bid to be the second fly-half in Japan behind Dan Biggar.

For an hour there was little attacking cohesion for the hosts, the normally resolute defence faltering at the Principality Stadium as Wales suffered a home loss for the first time in 12 games and almost two years.

The summer scrum concerns continued as Wales were again dominated in this set-piece facet, with Ireland awarded a second-half penalty try.

In contrast, Ireland will be encouraged with the first hour after putting their Twickenham horror show behind them, when England inflicted a record 57-15 win over Schmidt’s men.

All change

Rhys Patchell made his case to be Wales’ back-up fly-half with an assured second-half display

Wales initially looked exactly what they were: a shadow side who had not played together before with 14 changes from the team that defeated England.

Only flanker James Davies survived, while there were two new caps in Lane and prop Rhys Carre, while Cardiff Blues back-rower Josh Navidi captained the side for the first time from number eight.

There was a late change on the replacements bench with Aaron Wainwright replacing fellow Dragons back-rower Ross Moriarty who aggravated a hip.

Ireland themselves made 11 alterations including the inclusion of full-back Will Addison, while hooker Niall Scannell and flanker Tadhg Beirne were also included.

The visitors looked more cohesive and powerful, with British and Irish Lions duo Peter O’Mahony and Iain Henderson, plus James Ryan in their pack.

What pressure?

Wales coach Warren Gatland was overseeing his last game in Cardiff before stepping down after the World Cup

Gatland had made pre-match comments stating Wales could derail Schmidt’s side and put them under pressure ahead of the World Cup.

There was no evidence of that when official man-of-the-match Jack Carty opened the scoring with a penalty, before Wales responded through Evans after some prominent work from Lane.

Ireland scored the first try after great work from Dave Kilcoyne, Carty and Andrew Conway pierced through some poor Welsh defence, allowing Stockdale to cross. Carty converted.

Gatland had stated previously it was a straight shootout at fly-half between Jarrod Evans and Patchell to go to Japan alongside Biggar.

Evans would have rued missing a simple penalty kick before Stockdale took advantage of a loose Aaron Shingler pass, with the Irish wing kicking ahead and sprinting away for his second try.

Evans also missed a simple kick to touch as Ireland led 15-3 at the interval.

Gatland kept his word and Evans was replaced at half-time by Patchell, while Stockdale also did not reappear for the second half.

Home revival

Wales wing Owen Lane marked his Test debut with a try

Wales started brightly with a flowing move down the right touchline but that was a brief foray as Ireland turned the screw.

Replacement Wales prop Leon Brown was yellow-carded by French referee Romain Poite for persistent scrum infringements.

The visitors were able to bring on Rory Best, Tadhg Furlong, Devin Toner and Garry Ringrose from their bench.

A Conway try was disallowed for a forward pass before the almost inevitable penalty try was awarded with the scrum under constant pressure.

Wales finally gained an attacking foothold and after concerted pressure, Lane was released in the right corner and produced a smart finish. Patchell converted from the touchline.

Replacement hooker Elliot Dee spurned the chance of a second try when he knocked the ball on with the line at his mercy.

Ringrose had a try disallowed after Bundee Aki tackled James Davies in the air, before Patchell went over to set up an exciting finale which Ireland survived.

Rankings

World Rugby vice-chairman Agustin Pichot has this week branded the rankings system as ridiculous and vowed to change them.

Wales had risen to number one for the first time thanks to their win over England in Cardiff two weeks ago.

Gatland joked he was happy to relinquish the number one ranking and now Wales have. In contrast, Ireland are now second and have gone above England, who inflicted a record defeat against them a week ago.

Wales face Ireland in Dublin next Saturday in the double-header return for both sides’s final World Cup warm-up matches, with stronger sides expected to be selected by Schmidt and Gatland.

Teams

Wales: Amos; Lane, S Williams, Watkin, S Evans; J Evans, A Davies; Carre, Elias, Lee, Beard, B Davies, Shingler, J Davies Navidi (c).

Replacements: Dee, R Evans, Brown, Ball, Wainwright, T Williams, Patchell, Holmes.

Ireland: Addison; Conway, Farrell, Aki, Stockdale; Carty, Marmion; Kilcoyne, Scannell, John Ryan, Henderson, James Ryan; Beirne, O’Mahony (c), Conan.

Replacements: Best, Porter, Furlong, Toner, Murphy, L McGrath, Ringrose, D Kearney.

Referee: Romain Poite (France)

Assistant referees: Jerome Garces (France), Karl Dickson (England).

TMO: Rowan Kitt (England).

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