Most uncapped players on the eve of their first Six Nations would be nervous but WillGriff John is ready to hit the ground running in Test rugby. It’s fair to say the 27-year-old has taken the long route to the top having been released by the Cardiff Blues at a young age before resurrecting his career in New Zealand with Northland. The tight-head prop, who started out as a No.8, then figured for Doncaster in the English Championship before impressing with Sale Sharks.
Bentley factory driver Seb Morris has been announced as the ‘Pro’ driver for French team CMR in this season’s five-round GT World Challenge Europe Endurance Cup – adding to the Wrexham driver’s works commitments in the global Intercontinental GT Challenge. Morris, who was confirmed as an official Bentley racer for 2020 less than a couple of weeks ago, will dovetail his driving duties with the manufacturer’s full works squad, run by M-Sport, with his new role at CMR in GT World Challenge Europe at the wheel of a customer Bentley Continental GT3. He is already a proven force in the championship formerly known as Blancpain Endurance Cup, becoming a podium finisher in the Pro-Am class on his debut in the series in 2018 and establishing himself one of the quickest drivers on the grid.
The 2020 FIA World Rally Championship gets underway on Thursday at the famous Monte Carlo Rally – and it’s where Elfyn Evans will make his competition debut for the Toyota Gazoo Racing World Rally Team. In a sport where loyalty between personnel and teams still remains reassuringly common, it’s been an unusually busy winter in the normally quiet rally driver transfer market. Evans (who has never before rallied in the WRC with anyone except the M-Sport Ford team), Sébastien Ogier and Kalle Rovanperä have all moved to Toyota, world champion Ott Tänak was made an offer he couldn’t refuse by reigning manufacturer champions Hyundai (who keep Thierry Neuville, Sébastien Loeb and Dani Sordo), Esapekka Lappi is the new star at M-Sport Ford and Citroën missed out on all the big name signings, threw a hissy fit and pulled the plug on its WRC programme. Whilst Ogier, winner of the last six Monte Carlo rallies, will start the first round as favourite to bag early maximum points, the intriguing new driver/car combinations means that there will be a ferociously close fight for the world title this year. Evans could most certainly be in the thick of that battle, as an exciting new era for the Dolgellau star begins.
Cardiff City chairman Ken Choo has said the first anniversary of the death of Emiliano Sala is a time to remember the player, while insisting he has no regrets about the actions of the club since. Cardiff and Nantes will pay tribute to Sala one year on from the plane crash which claimed his life at the age of 28, with the clubs still locked in a legal dispute over his transfer fee. On January 21, 2019, the Piper Malibu light aircraft carrying Sala and pilot David Ibbotson from France to the UK crashed into the English Channel, as he prepared to link up with his new team-mates.
The Dragons have turned themselves around in recent months in a way that few saw coming, not least the other three Welsh regions who used to regard beating them as something to take for granted. Not any more. Robin Davey looks at the transformation at Rodney Parade. Two wins and a losing bonus point in their three recent holiday derbies and a place in the quarter-finals of the European Challenge Cup - that's the current state of play at the Dragons. No, it's not a dream, it's reality. The Dragons – for so long the butt of most of the jokes in Welsh rugby - really did beat the Scarlets and the Ospreys in their festive derbies while gaining a losing bonus point against Cardiff Blues.
Newport County will go into their Leasing.com Trophy quarter-final on Tuesday night without the services of leading scorer Padraig Amond. The Irish striker picked up a bizarre injury taking off his boot in training the day before the 2-0 home win over League Two leaders Swindon Town at the weekend. “It’s nothing serious, he just felt his hip flexor when taking his boot off – the most bizarre thing ever,” admitted County boss Michael Flynn.
Jade Jones earned a handy $20,000 Christmas bonus after finishing second in taekwondo's richest tournament in China. Wales' double Olympic and reigning world champion had to settle for silver at the Grand Prix final in Wuxi as the countdown to Tokyo 2020 begins in earnest. But first the Flint fighter... Read More
Unbeaten Welshman Mason Demands Cage Warriors 'Monster' In Battle For Lightweight Belt And UFC Status
Mason ‘The Dragon’ Jones has a message for Cage Warriors fight promoters, saying: “Bring me the biggest, toughest monster you can find.” Jones, from Blaenavon, is intent on joining the elite Ultimate Fighting Championship and extended his unbeaten record by beating Finnish opponent Aleksi Mäntykivi at CW108 at Viola Arena, Cardiff Bay. Now he... Read More
The Dragon is ready to swoop - and his target in Cardiff Bay today is a Finnish fighter with a big reputation. Mason ‘The Dragon’ Jones, a former professional boxer, is aiming for glory when he takes on Aleksi Mantykivi in Cage Warriors 108 at the Viola Arena, home of ice... Read More
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Blaenavon Cage Warrior Mason's Glory Bid In Cardiff - And He's Backing Wales For Rugby World Cup Progress
Wales’ leading Cage Warriors contender Mason Jones is backing his home country to go all the way to the Rugby World Cup semi-finals in Japan. Coach Warren Gatland’s Welsh team defeated Georgia 43-14 at Tokyo Stadium in their opening group match and passionate rugby supporter Jones says: “When I get some... Read More
The Dragon from Blaenavon is ready to show he is ‘the greatest’ in his Mixed Martial Arts division. Mason ‘The Dragon’ Jones competes in his eighth professional fight, having beaten every opponent, when he takes on Finnish sensation Aleksi Mantykivi. Victory in their clash at Cage Warriors 108 could catapult one of... Read More