Having not competed since the middle of last year, Cameron Davies has re-launched his rallying career overseas – and has swapped the British Rally Championship for the Peugeot Rally Cup Iberica. The series consists of six rallies in Spain and Portugal, and the 23-year old driver from Llandovery proved on the opening round that he has title winning potential, despite having been out of a rally car for 10 months. Add a few more new things into the mix, like new co-driver Max Freeman and having his car run on-event by PT Racing, instead of his usual team of family and close friends, and his Peugeot Cup debut was nothing short of sensational. After the first three stages of the new series, Davies led the Peugeot Rally Cup on the recent Rally of Portugal – with another fastest stage time extending that advantage to 26 seconds after SS4. In the overall standings, he had climbed up to 38th position and his comparative times would have placed him only 20 seconds off fifth in the Junior World Rally Championship category.
It is becoming a bit of a nerve-wracking experience watching Aberdare’s Stuart Manley play on the European Challenge Tour this summer. The 39-year-old Welshman has made his fans sweat for the past few weekends by reaching a play-off for successive titles. He missed out at the KPMG Trophy in Belgium, but came through to win only his second title at the Hauts de France Golf Open at the Saint-Omer Golf Club at the weekend. Manley took a share of the clubhouse lead with two birdies on his final four holes to card a closing-round, three under par 68. At the time it left him on the six under par mark, two shots behind then leader Tom Murray.
Kody Davies extended his unbeaten run as a professional to five fights as he comfortably beat Eric Mokonzo over four rounds on Fight Night at York Hall. The 23-year-old super middleweight from Pontllanfraith put Mokonzo down with a brutal punch in the second round and was always in command of the contest as he added to his growing reputation in the pro ranks with a 40-37 points win.
Warren Gatland believes Wales and England are at opposite ends of the rugby spectrum as both nations head towards next year’s World Cup. The Wales coach could not help himself from comparing his team’s exploits on tour with the struggles of the old enemy, who suffered a sixth straight defeat when they lost the second Test and the series against South Africa at the weekend. While Red Rose head coach Eddie Jones comes under increasing pressure and scrutiny, all is rosy in the Welsh garden after they sealed a first series victory in Argentina since 1999 and jumped above England in the world rankings.
Two of Wales' most promising young athletes have guaranteed their places in the Great Britain team for the IAAF World Junior Championships in Finland next month. Jake Heyward and James Tomlinson both won gold at the England Athletics U-20 and U-23 Championships in Bedford on Sunday, where the Under-20 events doubled up as World Championship trials. Wins in their respective events, added to the fact they have both achieved the qualifying standards, mean they will be on the plane to Tampere when the full team is announced later this month.
Dani Rowe battled though the pain barrier in North Wales to claim her best finish with third overall at the Women’s Tour. The Cardiff-based rider admitted she was suffering on the final stage from Dolgellau to Colwyn Bay after her crash on Saturday.
Second in the NatWest Six Nations, unbeaten on tour for the second successive summer, and now third in the World Rugby rankings – things are certainly starting to look up for Wales and Warren Gatland as his reign as head coach enter its final, critical phase. Having passed 100 matches in charge of the Welsh team during the Six Nations, Gatland will notch his 150th Test as an international head coach in the opening game of the autumn series against Scotland. That will also be his chance to see if he can finally put one over on the Aussies, who are in the same World Cup pool in Japan next year. Given that he went on tour without 2017 British & Irish Lions Sam Warburton, Alun Wyn Jones, Taulupe Faletau, Leigh Halfpenny, Ken Owens, Dan Biggar, Rhys Webb, Jonathan Davies and Justin Tipuric, and also had to leave out injured players like Aaron Shingler, Jake Ball and Scott Baldwin, he was able to work with a number of less experienced players who now have one eye on selection for next year’s World Cup.
Welsh Athletics will this month launch a hunt for a new Head of Coaching and Performance after Scott Simpson announced his departure from the top role. Having overseen the preparations for two Commonwealth Games, in Glasgow in 2014 and Gold Coast earlier this year, Simpson is moving to a new job as National Performance Institute Senior Coach (Pole Vault) with British Athletics.
The cream of Wales' young athletic talent enjoyed an excellent first day at the England Athletics Under-23 and Under-20 Championships at Bedford on Saturday. The meeting also doubles up as the trials for the World Under-20 Championships in Tampere, Finland, next month. There was drama in the under-20 men's 3000m which was eventually won by Cardiff's James Vincent in 9:11.9.
Warren Gatland may have passed the 10-year milestone with Wales but his greatest accomplishment might yet be further down the road. Gatland’s sense of optimism and pride was obvious following his team’s series-clinching 30-12 victory over Argentina in Sante Fe on Saturday night. It was a victory that delivered a first aggregate triumph on tour in South America since 1999 and it lifted Wales into third in the world rankings, with England now one of the rivals who have slipped behind. Yet neither of those achievements – the series win or the high ranking – was foremost on Gatland’s mind when he left the UK a month ago, or now.
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