RugbyU: Wales team saddened by mining tragedy

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The Welsh rugby team took time out from their World Cup preparations to send condolences Saturday after four people died in a mining accident in South Wales.

Assistant coach Rob Howley said players and team officials were saddened by the flash-flooding tragedy near Swansea which plunged the community into mourning.

"Our heartfelt condolences go out to the mining community," Howley said.

"Mining has been a huge tradition and history in Wales. From the Welsh Rugby Union, players and management, our thoughts are with all the families and friends who have been through a difficult time over the last three or four days."

Howley was speaking to journalists in Hamilton in New Zealand, where Wales will play Samoa in Pool D on Sunday.

© 2011 AFP

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