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Glamorgan Down Pads As Cricket Season Recedes Into The Distant Horizon

Glamorgan have put all their players and coaches on furlough until the end of May. With cricket’s start to the season having been delayed, the county have opted to take advantage of the government’s job retention scheme, which covers 80 per cent of wages up to £30,000-a-year. The County Championship was scheduled to start this weekend but the domestic season has been postponed until at least May 28 and there is the expectation of further delays.

Barry Cawte Says He's Proud Of Welsh Rugby Players After Pay Cut

Players’ union leader Barry Cawte has said he is proud of his members after they agreed to take a 25 per cent pay cut. As professional footballers continue talks over possible reductions due to the coronavirus pandemic, players at the four Welsh rugby regions have agreed to reduce their salaries by a quarter. The deal, brokered between the Welsh Rugby Players' Association (WRPA) and Welsh rugby's Professional Rugby Board (PRB) will be backdated to April 1 and last three months.

Hadleigh To Park Up In Japan . . . Along With Owen Williams, As Both Wave Goodbye To Wales

Hadleigh Parkes and Owen Williams are poised to leave Welsh rugby – a move that will bring down the curtain on their respective Wales careers. The pair are heading for lucrative moves to Japan after attempts to keep Parkes at the Scarlets and lure Williams from Gloucester to a Welsh region both failed. Instead, the two centres will follow the money trail to the far East and therefore be unavailable to Wales coach Wayne Pivac as they fail to meet the 60-cap threshold for overseas-based players.

Wales Rugby League’s Spring International Programme Postponed

Wales Rugby League’s international matches for the spring have all been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Wales Wheelchair were due to face Scotland and Ireland in the annual Celtic Cup in Dundee this month, whilst Wales Students were to face the Royal Navy and England in Nelson. The first ever Wales Masters (over 35s) internationals against England and Ireland in Bethesda in May are also off for the time being.

Wales Golfing Great Hew Squirrell Has Died.

One of Wales’s most successful ever amateur golfers, Hew Squirrell, has passed away aged 87. He won five Welsh Amateur titles, represented Wales 19 times in the Home Internationals in the 20 years between 1955 and 1975 including, in 1961, being part of the first Wales team to beat England. Squirrell is second in the Wales Golf history books for both Welsh Amateur titles won (behind Henry Howell, eight between 1920-32) and Home International appearances (behind Iestyn Tucker, 25 from 1949-79), having represented Cardiff golf club and been an honorary member of Royal Porthcawl.

Natasha's Impact Earns Her Wales Golf PGA Pro Of The Year Award

Former Wales golfer Natasha Gobey has had such an impact in the 18 months she has been back as a club professional that she has now claimed the Wales Golf PGA Pro of the Year Award. The former Wales squad amateur turned professional after studying in America, then working at The James Andrews School of Golf for seven years and Tony Valentine Golf Centre for 6 months before returning home to Rhondda and then working at Bryn Meadows Golf Hotel and Spa. The 28-year-old has demonstrated outstanding success growing the game of golf and to becoming the best coach she can, increasing participation at any club she has been a part of.

Doctor Jamie Roberts Finally Gets On The Wards . . . As Mister Motivator

Former Wales and Lions star Jamie Roberts has started working for the National Health Service to help the fight against coronavirus. Roberts – who qualified as a doctor seven years ago - has stepped in as a clinical innovation fellow, a role which will see him working in Cardiff in a motivational and communications capacity. With sport cancelled indefinitely, the 94-cap centre is back in Wales after a most recent spell playing in South Africa for the Stormers.

Cardiff And Swansea Players Await Crunch PFA Talks On Wages

Wage cuts or deferrals for Cardiff City and Swansea City players have still to be agreed as EFL clubs continue talks with the Professional Footballers Association (PFA). The EFL is negotiating with the PFA for what is understood to be an even higher percentage of deferral than the 30 per cent the Premier League clubs are seeking. The Championship, League One and Two clubs claim they are being hit especially hard by the loss of match-day revenue due to the shutdown caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

Natalie Powell's World Has Shrunk . . . But Not Her Drive And Ambition

Natalie Powell had hoped to be going for gold at the Olympic Games this summer. Instead, Wales' leading judoka has turned her living room into a makeshift combat area and is trying to stay fit and healthy, as she tells Graham Thomas. Natalie Powell has re-set her goals and adapted her training as she gets used to a delayed Olympic Games. It’s a flexible approach that Wales’ top judo star believes can benefit everyone as they aim to stay fit and healthy during the restrictions imposed by the coronavirus pandemic.

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The Greatest Seventh Month Rugby Tour That Began 70 Years Ago This Week

This week, exactly 70 years ago, 13 Welshmen met up in London. They had packed some clothes and their boots in suitcases, said goodbye to their families, and now they were to sail to New Zealand to play rugby. They would be back in October. Rob Cole salutes the epic... Read More

The Day The Scarlets Beat Australia . . . Thanks To Ieuan, Rupert And Colin . . . And Also Marty Roebuck

With sport presently on pause, and the future uncertain, Dai Sport is delving occasionally into the past. This time, Harri Morgan has wound the clock back 28 years to 1992, the year in which he turned five years old. The venue was Stradey Park and the game was Llanelli’s famous... Read More

Welsh Olympic Hopefuls Sit And Wait For The Inevitable

The prospect of Welsh athletes – or anyone else for that matter – showing up at the Olympic Games in Tokyo this summer appears to be disappearing. The International Olympic Committee needs to postpone the Games and Paralympics now according to the competitor-led movement Global Athlete. The organisation, fronted by... Read More

Tim Cahill And Other Coaches In Wales Are Told To Sit Things Out

All football coaching courses in Wales have been suspended due to the coronavirus outbreak as the national team set-up waits for the expected confirmation that this summer’s European Championships have been postponed. The Football Association of Wales (FAW) have confirmed that all their courses – which are highly regarded and... Read More

Ronnie Powers Into Welsh Open Quarter-Finals In Cardiff, While Last Player From Wales Goes Out

Ronnie O’Sullivan scored the 1,042nd century break of his career on the way to a convincing victory against Iran’s Soheil Vahedi in the ManBetX Welsh Open Snooker Championships. He scored 131 in the third frame, completing the break in just over seven minutes. This was O’Sullivan’s 100th match in the Welsh Open... Read More

Reigning Welsh Open Champion Neil Starts Defence Of His Title

Australian Neil Robertson starts the defence of his ManBetX Welsh Open snooker title at the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff on Tuesday evening. Robertson’s first round match is against Llanelli-born Jamie Clarke, a 25-year-old nicknamed the ‘Welsh Whirlwind’. A year ago, Robertson was crowned champion in Cardiff after beating Stuart Bingham in the... Read More
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