It takes a manager with formidable endurance to keep a feud going across two generations and few people have every accused Neil Warnock of lacking staying power. The Cardiff City manager will be 70 later this year and has crossed swords and bumped heads with more managers than Lee Johnson has had hot dinners. That means decades worth of spats, slights and grudges, including one with Bristol City’s current manager Johnson’s father Gary.
Having won the MSA British Historic Rally Championship for a record-breaking three times in a row, Jason Pritchard will return to more modern machinery this year for an all-out assault on the Protyre MSA Asphalt Rally Championship.
Wales will take on England on Saturday in the second fifth v eighth semi-final after losing all three group games on Friday. England managed one win, beating Papua New Guinea in their final group game to finish third in their group.
Dewi Griffiths’ pursuit of a ‘Magnificent Seven’ Welsh cross country titles is hanging in the balance with the Swansea Harrier leaving his final decision on whether to run at Singleton Park on Saturday to the last minute. The 26-year-old suffered a tight hamstring in the closing stages of his incredible marathon debut in Frankfurt in October, when he ran the fastest time by a British athlete over the distance since 2014 with 2:09.49, and then pulled his hamstring while leading at the European Cross Country Championships two months later.
Shaun Edwards has told the Wales team to be prepared to top the 200 tackle count if they want to win in Dublin against unbeaten Ireland this weekend. Wales made 117 tackles in their comfortable 34-7 win over Scotland in Round 1 and then stepped up their defensive effort with 200 in the 12-6 defeat to England at Twickenham in Round 2. They missed 19 tackles against the Scots, but only 18 against the English.
Last weekend Olivia Breen was battling with Britain’s best able-bodied long jumpers at the UK Indoor Championships in Birmingham. On Sunday it will be Glasgow and a shoot-out with two other British World Para Athletics champions in one of the feature races at the Müller Indoor Grand Prix as the Welsh superstar continues her build up to the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast.
As Wales prepare to face Ireland in Dublin on Saturday, Dragons coach Bernard Jackman has a confession to make to Alex Bywater. The former Ireland hooker cost his country their chance of victory in the same fixture 10 years ago. Bernard Jackman has one particular memory of games between Ireland and Wales. It isn't a good one. In 2008, Jackman rose from the bench against Warren Gatland's side at Croke Park to replace Rory Best in the 71st minute.
If KFC could deliver their chicken as reliably as Carlos Carvalhal delivers his analogies, then half the meat-eating population of the UK wouldn’t be going hungry this weekend. The Swansea City manager has served up fish, lobsters, caviar and now poultry at his press conferences as well as Portuguese pastries. Carvalhal tucked into more culinary comparisons on Thursday when he was asked how many points he felt would be required this season in order to avoid relegation from the Premier League.
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