Sarah Jones will become the second Welsh Women’s Hockey international to make her Great Britain debut this year when she plays at the FIH Women’s Champions Trophy in China. Jones, who has won 91 Welsh caps, was named as part of an 18-strong squad to head to China to face the host national, Australia, the Netherlands, Japan and Argentina.
Ben Blood has quit Cardiff Devils after just four months to join Finnish outfit Tappara. The 6ft 4in American defenceman only joined in July but had quickly established himself on and off the ice in Cardiff.
Peter Creed came from a game down to help the Welsh Wizards secure maximum points against Chichester and consolidate their third spot in the Premier Squash League. At a packed Sport Wales National Centre in Cardiff on Tuesday night, Creed battled back from dropping his opening game to overcome giant Egyptian Omar Abdel Meguid, 5-11, 11-5, 11-6. The victory over 6ft 4in Meguid ensured a Wizards’ 5-0 whitewash and means the Welsh team stay in third spot in the Southern Division, behind Luxfords St.George’s Hill of Surrey and London’s Tradition RAC.
Wales are playing Australia on Saturday, on the eve of Remembrance Sunday, with added significance this year of the 100th anniversary of the ending of the First World War. Rob Cole reveals the link between Welsh rugby and the origins of the commemorations. When you stand for the two minute silence to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the ending of ‘the war to end all wars’, World War 1, at 11.00am on Armistice Day on Sunday, bear in mind that there is a strong Welsh rugby link to the tribute to the fallen heroes of so many global conflicts. The idea for the silent vigil was suggested to King George V by universally acclaimed South African writer, Sir Percy Fitzpatrick.
Geraint Thomas admits he is a bit fatter and wife, Sara, is getting fed-up of him being around as he savoured his Tour de France victory that confirmed his place in Welsh sporting history. Now he is relishing getting back on his bike in anger and beginning the long training rides as he prepares to defend the Yellow Jersey next July.
Warren Gatland will get the chance to run the rule over two of next year’s World Cup opponents this week with Uruguay playing against Cardiff Blues tonight and the Wallabies coming to the Principality Stadium on Saturday night. The Uruguayans conceded 10 tries on their first visit to the Welsh capital when they crashed to a 66-22 defeat to Wales A at the Millennium Stadium on 24 November, 2001.
Rugby Australia boss Raelene Castle has certainly heaped the pressure on Wallaby coach Michael Cheika by suggesting his side’s ‘pass mark’ for this month will be a clean-sweep of their three games in Europe. Having been beaten for the ninth time in their past 12 games by the mighty All Blacks in Yokohama two weekends ago the Aussies landed in London on Saturday night shortly after Wales had polished off Scotland at the Principality Stadium.