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.
Celtic Dragons have completed their squad for the 2020 Vitality Netball Superleague season which starts next February at Arena Birmingham. Lucy Howells and Laura Burton have returned to Dragons after playing last season, while coach Tania Hoffman has added Eleri Michael, Brittany Coleman and Eleri Michael. The five signings come from a... Read More
Wales netball head into the New Year intent on ensuring ‘The Welsh Way’ develops into a powerful doctrine for the future. Australian coach Julie Hoornweg did a remarkable job in stabilising netball in Wales over the last couple of years - and her work mentoring assistant coaches Sara Hale and Jenna... Read More
The Sunshine girls are heading to South Wales - and mid-court player Shona O’Dwyer is beaming her brightest smile after being signed by Celtic Dragons. Rebekah Robinson and Latanya Wilson, both Sunshine Girls from Jamaica, have committed to Cardiff-based Vitality Netball Superleague club Dragons - and English-born O’Dwyer is delighted to... Read More
Jayne Ludlow is preparing her Wales team for a vital upcoming Euro qualifier against Northern Ireland. Like the previous World Cup campaign, it’s a momentum-builder that is gathering energy and changing the perception of women’s sport in Wales. But she still sees limits on the opportunities for girls in all... Read More
Harten Heartbreak For Celtic Dragons As Lightning Strike To Win British Fast5 Netball All-Stars Title
England international Jo Harten broke Celtic Dragons’ hearts with a magnificent personal display in the British Fast5 All-Stars. Harten scored all 35 points for Loughborough Lightning during a devastating 35-33 defeat in the semi-finals at London’s Copper Box Arena. The top eight teams from Vitality Netball Superleague 2018-19 qualified for the Fast5... Read More
Celtic Dragons Head Into Pulsating Fast5 All-Stars Netball Tournament Aiming To Pull The Plug On Bath
Celtic Dragons are on a fast track to netball success, starting against Team Bath at the Copper Box Arena in London on Saturday. They have qualified for the British Fast5 All-Stars competition for the first time and the draw has pitted Dragons against Bath in the quarter-finals. The Fast5 tournament, a fast,... Read More