Dean Ryan insists there is plenty of untapped potential at the Dragons but has warned they won’t move forward without increased investment. Former Gloucester and Worcester boss Ryan was appointed director of rugby at Rodney Parade last summer following the sacking of his predecessor Bernard Jackman. The Dragons have more often than not been the poor relations to the other Welsh regions but Ryan is desperate to reverse that particular trend.
Members at The Royal Anglesey Yacht Club are celebrating becoming the only Welsh club among 10 finalists shortlisted for the UK boating club of the year. The annual RYA and Yachts and Yachting Club of the Year Award, supported by Gallagher, recognises the outstanding achievement of sailing clubs across the UK and promotes the hard work and dedication that goes into running a successful club. The Beaumaris-based club has been key in supporting the sailing of classic yachts, developing youth sailing on the North Wales coast as well as starting a successful rowing section.
Neil Harris has promised Cardiff City fans his players can make amends for their first defeat under his management by shocking Leeds United on Saturday. The Bluebirds will be huge 9-1 outsiders at Elland Road after succumbing to a tame 2-1 loss at Brentford on Wednesday night. Goals from Bryan Mbeumo and Ollie Watkins had given Brentford a deserved lead. Cardiff launched a fightback when Marlon Pack's pile-driver made it 2-1 on the hour, but they could not find an equaliser.
Stephen Leonard will follow in some illustrious Welsh footsteps when the Cambridge skipper leads out the Light Blues in the 138th Varsity Match at Twickenham today (Thurs). The former Llandovery College pupil has graduated into a back row regular at Grange Road and will win his third Blue at the home of English rugby, captaining a side that boasts 99 caps in the second row split between former Aussie James Horwill and Springbok giant Flip van der Merwe. A rugby player in his free time, Leonard’s day job as a PhD student is working on a project to try to find ways of fighting cancer. It is important work that will keep him at Cambridge until 2024.
Steve Cooper claimed referee Jeremy Simpson will be dropped three levels after making four big mistakes during Swansea City’ 1-1 draw at home to Blackburn Rovers. The Swans manager gave both barrels to the experienced 44-year-old official who sent off a player from either side as the Swans’ winless run was extended to six matches. As well as the two controversial dismissals, Cooper also felt Simpson had ignored a Swansea penalty claim for handball and got another call wrong when striker Sam Surridge was pushed in the penalty area.
More than 40 Welsh athletes have been named for various levels of funding and support to help them achieve their ambitions of competing at major global championships. Welsh Athletics have named 41 athletes on their Commonwealth Games funding programmes, including 20 young up and coming stars on their Commonwealth Games Futures programme. Meanwhile, endurance runners Dewi Griffiths and Melissa Courtney have been named on the British Athletics Olympic World Class programme. Rising stars Jeremiah Azu and James Tomlinson are named in the Olympic Futures Academy.
Elinor Barker was part of the Great Britain team that celebrated UCI Track World Cup gold in the women’s team pursuit as they build towards the Tokyo Olympics. Wales’ Olympic and Commonwealth Games champion Barker joined Katie Archibald, Ellie Dickinson and Neah Evans in beating Germany in the final to... Read More
Welsh cycling prodigy Elynor Backstedt rounded off a successful week at the UCI World Cycling Championships by signing her first professional contract. On the day she finished fifth in the junior women's road race, the 17-year old signed for World Tour team Trek-Segafredo. The news comes just days after fellow... Read More
Welsh cyclist Ethan Vernon said losing power on the climbs cost him vital seconds on a rain-lashed UCI World Championships under-23 time trial course on Tuesday. Vernon finished in 21st place out of the 52 riders who completed the 30.3km course from Ripon to Harrogate. The 19-year old’s time was... Read More
A successful season has helped land Welsh cyclist Jess Roberts her first professional contract with one of the sport's top road teams. The 20-year-old from Carmarthenshire has signed a two-season deal, starting next year, with prestigious World Tour team Mitchelton-SCOTT. Roberts comes from a background in track cycling but has... Read More
Elynor Backstedt claimed Great Britain’s second bronze medal of the UCI World Cycling Championships in Yorkshire on Monday morning. The 17-year-old Pontyclun cyclist finished third in the junior individual time trial despite almost crashing out when she skidded on an early bend in the slippery road conditions. Backstedt produced a... Read More
The Backstedt sisters - Elynor and Zoe - were born to cycle. Easy for them, they just have to get on their bikes. Not so easy for their parents, Magnus and Megan, as they try to cope with the practical difficulties of helping the careers of two of Welsh cycling's... Read More