Struggling with self-isolation? Finding the couch – with only Netflix, WhatsApp and Zoom for company – a challenging environment? Fear not, because help is at hand. The Isolating King Richard Parks tells Rob Cole how to get properly in the zone. Richard Parks knows a thing or two about self-isolation and is probably the least concerned of anyone right now about being alone. After all, this time he can do it with his wife, Jo, and son, Fred, whereas earlier in the year he was out on his own for 28 days trekking across Antarctica.
Workers are making rapid progress on converting Parc y Scarlets into a temporary hospital to provide extra beds for the NHS during the COVID-19 pandemic. Contractors have been working tirelessly on site since Monday as they look to complete a project that will see up to 500 beds installed at three separate locations on the stadium site. The biggest project is being undertaken at the indoor arena training facility, which will house 252 beds. There will also be a hospital area in the Quinnell Lounge in the South Stand and the first floor concourse.
The spread of coronavirus might have hit Welsh rugby hard, but Neath RFC hope good times are around the corner with the introduction of a synthetic 4G pitch planned at The Gnoll. Championship outfit Neath have seen their season cancelled due to the impact of Covid-19 and one of Wales’ most historic clubs have had tough times in the last few years. Prior to coronavirus causing the current campaign to be abandoned, Neath were fifth in the Championship and the club have grand plans both on and off the field.
FIFA'S Nations League Draw held in Amsterdam couldn't hold a candle to the DAIsolate Cup - even if the names for the second round were being pulled out of a Tupperware tub! Fronting the draw for the Ammanford AFC-inspired virtual FIFA football tournament were S4C’s Sgorio favourites, Dylan Ebenezer and Nicky John. As the draw was streamed live on YouTube from living rooms at different ends of Wales, Ebzy commented: "They've even shaken the Tupperware box - fantastic! FIFA have got nothing on this.
Trebanog have thrown down the gauntlet – having slapped Carn Rovers around the head with it – in the first round of the DAIsolate Cup. The Rhondda Valley club, who play in the South Wales Alliance Premier, sent out a chilling warning to the rest by thrashing their hapless opponents 23-0 in the first round of the home-based FIFA tournament for Welsh clubs.
Cardiff are hoping to reward their Indigo Group Premiership players with new contracts – even if they have no trophy and medals at the end of this season. The Arms Park club are in talks with Cardiff Blues over a range of proposals for next season after the current race for the title came to a shuddering halt. They also hope the current shutdown leads to a fundamental re-think over the way the professional game in Wales is both funded and structured.
It was Shane Williams’ final match for the Ospreys and confirmation again of his genius for timing. There were only two minutes left of the 2013 RaboDirect Pro12 final – a classic which is being re-shown by S4C on Saturday at 5.45pm – when Williams chose to shape the match to suit his own purposes. Leinster were leading 30-24 at the RDS Showground in Dublin and hanging on to a lead they felt certain would bring them the title.
Wales hockey star Leah Wilkinson is determined to fulfil her Olympic dream after Tokyo 2020 was postponed during her sabbatical from teaching. In January, Wilkinson started an eight-month break from Ewell Castle School in Epsom - where she is a history teacher and Head of Year 10 - to allow her to focus on preparation for Tokyo. The postponement of this summer’s Games due to the coronavirus pandemic is a difficult enough situation for full-time athletes with competitions, schedules and training plans to rearrange.
The Olympic Games has gone – for this year, at least – and athletes all over the world are having to adjust to a new reality. The target they had set themselves, often years ago, has shifted. But as Natasha Cockram tells Owen Morgan, the only thing to do is stay positive, count your blessings, and ring a new date in next year’s diary. Natasha Cockram gave up her day job earlier this year to concentrate on an Olympic dream and to earn a living from being a professional athlete. Now, the Welsh marathon runner is having to change course and the route to the finishing line is very uncertain.
As the great sporting hibernation goes on, Dai Sport is again forced to raid its horded supplies from the past. This time, Tom Jenkins looks at the Wales national football team who just happen to celebrate their 144th birthday this week. One man who spans a fair chunk of that history is former Wales midfielder and manager Brian Flynn. Brian Flynn was almost an international record-breaker before scoring arguably the greatest-ever Wales goal on his first full appearance. On the 144th anniversary of Wales’ first fixture – a 4-0 defeat to Scotland in Glasgow on March 25, 1876 – Flynn’s finish against the ‘Tartan Army’ in the 1975 British Home Championship stands tall in the Welsh pantheon of great goals.
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Wayne Pivac has revealed Wales were left frustrated by the Joe Marler incident at Twickenham because they felt a deserved red card could have cost England their victory. England prop Marler was due to appear at a disciplinary hearing on Thursday evening after being cited for grabbing Alun Wyn Jones... Read More
Neil Jenkins has said there is no place in the game for the type of intimidation attempted by Joe Marler on Alun Wyn Jones at Twickenham. The Wales assistant coach has also underlined the importance of watertight discipline in Test rugby after Wales skipper Jones earned widespread praise for his... Read More
Joe Marler has been labelled “an embarrassment” to England after his groping incident with Alun Wyn Jones at Twickenham. The withering verdict has been delivered by Sir Clive Woodward, the World Cup-winning former coach who suggested if he was still in charge then Marler would be booted out of the... Read More
Wayne Pivac Finds A Backer In Eddie Jones . . . While Joe Marler Proves He's A Ball-Ache All Over Again
Wayne Pivac says ending his disappointing first Six Nations campaign as Wales coach with a resounding win over Scotland next weekend is a "no brainer" following the 33-30 defeat by England on Saturday. The New Zealander has seen his side slip to three successive defeats - after opening with a 42-0 whitewash of hapless Italy... Read More
Alun Wyn Jones says Wales will not be looking back when they start Six Nations life under Wayne Pivac on Saturday. The reigning Grand Slam champions begin a new era of their international history against Italy in Cardiff. Warren Gatland’s success-laden reign – a 12-year stint which saw Wales win... Read More
Alun Wyn Jones can defy logic and figure in the next World Cup, according to his new Wales forwards coach. But Jonathan Humphreys – one of the right-hand men to new Wales chief Wayne Pivac - insists Jones will also come under pressure from the next generation of Wales stars.... Read More