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A Dramatic Start! . . . And The Rest Of The Match Wasn't Bad, Either

It’s probably the most repeated try in rugby history. But ‘what happened next?’ as they say. Harri Morgan – born some time towards the end of the following decade – decided to watch the entire Seventies classic of the Barbarians v the All Blacks as the next part of mission to ‘re-live’ matches that occurred well before he was born. This is what he discovered. “This is Gareth Edwards - a dramatic start - what a score!” The immortal words of commentator Cliff Morgan as Gareth Edwards dived over in the left corner at the Taff End of the national stadium to send the Barbarians into an early lead against Ian Kirkpatrick’s seventh All Blacks.

London Welsh Are On The Rise . . . Despite The Season Standing Still

London Welsh are back on track in their climb up the English League system after the RFU confirmed they will be promoted despite the suspension of rugby due to the coronavirus epidemic. It means Cai Griffiths’ side will move up into London North 1 next season after completing three successive promotions. The RFU had spent several weeks in trying to resolve the promotion and relegation issue before finally confirming both the Exiles and Hammersmith & Fulham will move up.

Jack Anthony Was The Ultimate Welsh Aintree Hero

Jack Anthony is not a name that gets tossed into the conversation too often when you debate who is the greatest Welsh sportsman. ‘Jack who?’ is more often the query, but he was part of a pretty amazing family and on this weird and wonderful day, when the Grand National is being run as a ‘virtual race’ he deserves a mention. A century ago he made it a hat-trick of wins in the big race at Aintree as he guided the Irish horse Troytown to victory by 12 lengths.

Georgia Welcomes ISL'S Backing In Choppy Waters

By Liz Byrnes Georgia Davies – world, European and Commonwealth medallist and Energy Standard athlete – has welcomed the International Swimming League’s financial package for swimmers as good news amid the relentless darkness of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The ISL has unveiled a £9million ($11million) lifeline which guarantees all 320 swimmers from the 10 teams £1,200 ($1500) per month from September to July.

Two Labradors And One Hat Tip To The King Of Commentary . . . Bill McLaren

It’s 10 years since Bill McLaren died at the age of 86, a passing so significant for so many it required the memorial service that followed to be held at Murrayfield Stadium. Owen Morgan salutes the voice of rugby who provided the soundtrack to a childhood in Wales. Scrolling through Twitter the other day, in search of something to cheer my mood during these worrying times, I stumbled across a nugget of pure gold. Inspired by the boredom of having no sport to commentate on, the BBC's multi-talented maestro of the microphone Andrew Cotter decided to transform his Labradors' feeding time into a sporting event.

The Day Curt Crossed The Great Divide . . . And Got Booed By Both Cardiff And Swansea Fans

With both Cardiff City and Swansea City mothballed, it’s time to look back again into the archives. Former Wales international Alan Curtis is one of the few players to have represented both clubs as he tells Terry Phillips. Rhondda-born Alan Curtis played a major role for Cardiff City when they won a promotion and cup double more than 30 years ago, while he served Swansea City for over four decades. Wales international Curtis made the move from Southampton to the Bluebirds and slotted into a team that went up from the old Division Four and won the Welsh Cup.

Premier League Clubs Want 30% Wage Cuts For Players

Premier League clubs will consult with players over wage reductions and deferrals amounting to 30 per cent of salary as they grapple with the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic. The worsening of the Covid-19 outbreak has led the English professional game to acknowledge that football will not return at the start of May. No restart date has been fixed – instead it will be kept under constant review. The suspension has created financial issues for clubs throughout the football pyramid, with non-playing staff at a variety of clubs having been placed on furlough leave under the Government’s coronavirus job retention scheme.

Ospreys' Training Base Given Over As Another Field Hospital

The Ospreys’ training base at Llandarcy Academy of Sport is to be transformed into a field hospital in a bid to deal with the coronavirus pandemic. Work has already started at Llandarcy - which is part of the Neath Port Talbot College Group of Colleges - and will be completed in the next three to four weeks. The beds would be used for COVID-19 patients and other patients who need medical care, but they will be nursed in separate areas.

Cardiff And Swansea Players Waiting For Wage Cut Deal

Players at Cardiff City and Swansea City are among all those in the Premier League and Championship awaiting the outcome of talks over wage cuts. Both Welsh clubs have announced some of their senior staff and managers are having their pay reduced as a result of the coronavirus crisis. They have also joined some other clubs in claiming they will use taxpayers’ money by taking advantage of the government’s furlough scheme.

£400,000 Emergency Funding For Community Sport In Wales

Emergency funding of £400,000 for community sport in Wales has been announced by Welsh Government and Sport Wales today. Welsh Government has confirmed they are making £200,000 available to provide support to not-for-profit sports clubs. This is being match-funded with £200,000 from Sport Wales.

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Unbeaten Wrexham Head To Dover For Longest Trip

Manager Bryan Hughes and his Wrexham team make their longest Vanarama National League away trip of the season when they play Dover in Kent this afternoon. The Dragons have earned four points from their first two fixtures, beating Barrow at home and drawing 2-2 at Boreham Wood. “Overall, I’m looking for us... Read More

JJ's Wrexham In For The National League Long Haul

Wrexham are in the Vanarama National League promotion chase for the long-haul this season - and they will prove that over their next two fixtures. The Dragons will travel almost 1,000 miles to play Boreham Wood in Hertfordshire, a town 12 miles from Charing Cross, and then Dover in Kent. Manager Bryan... Read More

Wrexham's Jake Believes Team Belief Is Infectious

Yorkshire Jake Lawlor believes the belief among Wrexham players ahead of their opening 2019-20 fixture is infectious. The Dragons are at home against Barrow in their first Vanarama National League match and Lawlor, a midfield player or defender, says: “The gaffer (Bryan Hughes) has brought in new players and the idea... Read More

Dragons' Double Delight Before Big Push for Play-Offs

Wrexham have strengthened their Vanarama National League squad with two new signings - and both could make their Dragons’ debut against Hartlepool away on Saturday. Norwich City’s teenage striker Anthony Spyrou has signed on loan, while former Swansea City midfield player Kemy Agustien has arrived at the Racecourse as a free... Read More

Dragons Prepare Big Push For National League Title

Manager Bryan Hughes and his Dragons are geared up for a big push towards promotion to the Football League. Wrexham have suffered back-to-back defeats, against Leyton Orient and Barrow, and Hughes says: “I am looking for two points per game personally which is championship winning form. “We put that right against Maidstone... Read More

Painful Defeat For Manager Bryan And His Dragons

Wrexham are hurting after a below par team display in their 3-1 Vanarama National League home defeat against Barrow. More than 4,600 spectators were at the Racecourse, but the Dragons struggled badly to find their best form. “We didn’t handle the conditions well if I am being honest,” says manager Bryan Hughes. “Barrow... Read More
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