James Davies and Josh Adams are the uncapped players included in a 39-man Wales squad named for the Six Nations. Coach Warren Gatland has named Scarlets flanker Davies and Worcester wing Adams for the first time, but there is no place for veteran centre Jamie Roberts. It is a significant breakthrough for Davies as the 27-year-old younger brother of injured Lion Jonathan Davies has long been regarded as a player whose face, or attitude, did not fit with the Wales management.
Former Ospreys wing Tommy Bowe has announced he is to retire at the end of the season. Currently out injured with a shoulder problem, Bowe, 33, is arguably Ireland and Ulster’s greatest ever wing, but spent a good chunk of his peak years with the Welsh region. Out of form and suffering a career dip at his native Ulster, Bowe moved to the Ospreys in 2008 and went on to re-ignite his fortunes with 36 tries in 77 appearances.
Scarlets coach Wayne Pivac expects his region to dominate the Wales squad for the Six Nations when it is announced on Tuesday morning at 11am. Warren Gatland is expected to name 37 players for the tournament and Pivac believes almost half of them could come from Parc Y Scarlets. That representation in the national squad could be swelled further next season if George North opts to return to Llanelli from Northampton, with Pivac having confirmed he has held talks with the Lions wing over his national dual contract location.
Ryan Giggs reckons being named the Wales manager for the next four years was “the proudest moment of my life”. And the man who made the first of his 64 Welsh appearances as a 17-year-old back in 1991 vowed to win over the fans who have criticised him for missing so many friendlies during his playing career “by winning matches”.
The appointment of Ryan Giggs as Wales' new manager has not met with universal approval from the fans who remember those missed friendlies when he was a player. Dai Sport's Alun Rhys Chivers is one of the doubters and asks whether it is just a publicity stunt by the FAW.
The countdown to this year’s Dayinsure Wales Rally GB (4-7 October) has commenced. The clock started ticking with the official high profile launch of the 2018 FIA World Rally Championship at last weekend’s Autosport International Show at Birmingham’s NEC.
Ryan Giggs has been confirmed as the Wales National Team Manager on a 4-year contract. Giggs played 64 times for Wales between 1991–2007 and was part of the squad who narrowly missed out on qualifying for UEFA EURO 2004 after losing a play-off match to Russia at the Millennium Stadium.
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