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.
Former Cardiff City and Swansea City winger – and ex-manager of Newport County – Warren Feeney has revealed he is locked down in Bulgaria and away from his family. Feeney – who is currently manager of Bulgarian second division side Pirin Blagoevgrad – stayed in his job when the chance to leave was still open last month. So, while his wife and children are in the UK, Feeney has been helping his local community and trying to ensure players stay fit and healthy.
A year ago, Evan Hoyt was preparing for Wimbledon and an impact that would propel him into the sporting spotlight. But with the 2020 tournament cancelled, Wales’ No.1-ranked player is having to find different ways to keep busy this spring as he told Owen Morgan. With the world tennis tour on shutdown due to the coronavirus outbreak, Welsh star Evan Hoyt has been keeping busy by making guides on mental toughness and staying motivated during the crisis. So it's no surprise the man from Llanelli is maintaining a positive attitude despite being unable to continue his rise up the world rankings or earn any prize money.
Community support has helped Milford Haven to win the Wales Golf Junior Club of the Year Award. There were 10 incredible junior sections shortlisted for the award, but the flourishing junior section of Milford Haven came out on top thanks to the sheer volume of provision for all ages and abilities within their junior section 52 weeks a year. Milford Haven run around 70 competitions a year for all abilities, regular adult and junior competitions, New2Golf beginner schemes, Wednesday Night Girls Golf, using a six-hole mini course as well as the main course in summer, and an indoor bowling green in winter.
Two of Wales’ more recent Grand Slam heroes, Gavin Henson and Ryan Jones, were always big hits on the field, but now they are proving their worth off it. With the country gripped by the coronavirus pandemic, the two former Ospreys, Wales and British & Irish Lions team-mates have been revealing a different side to their champion nature. Henson, now 38, runs The Fox pub in the Vale of Glamorgan. They are still doing takeaway meals to help support the local community in the current crisis and deliveries are being carried out by the former world class centre.
Former Glamorgan and England cricketer Peter Walker – who went on to become a leading broadcaster in Wales – has died aged 84. Walker – who suffered a stroke - was born in England, but raised in South Africa. He spent two years in the Merchant Navy before joining Glamorgan and making his home in Wales. He played for the Welsh county between 1954-1972 and became the 10th player from Sophia Gardens to join the Roll of Honour.
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 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 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.
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.
Dean Ryan is stepping back in time to try to re-build the Dragons into a major force in Welsh rugby. The former Worcester Warriors and Gloucester head coach has quit his job at the RFU, where he has been head of international player development since 2016, to try to breathe new... Read More
IT'S derby time when grounds will be packed over the holiday period and the battle for who's best, east or west, will resume. Largely because of the Dragons' ineffectiveness - to put it politely - the west has generally proved to be best which would delight the late, lamented Ray... Read More
Dragons To Appoint "World Class" Coach . . . But On A Temporary Basis As Jim Mallinder And Andy Robinson Look On
The Dragons are set to appoint “a world class” coach to replace Bernard Jackman, who was officially removed from his post on Monday. A new man is due to be announced as soon as the beginning of next week and I understand talks are already well advanced with Jackman's successor... Read More
Bernard Jackman . . . What He Got Wrong (A Fair Bit) And What He Got Right (Not So Much In This Column)
The Dragons have yet to confirm it, but Bernard Jackman has been sacked as head coach following poor results, a public rap over the knuckles from the Welsh Rugby Union for criticising a referee last month, and then an embarrassing home thrashing against a Leinster team full of kids. Jamie... Read More
The Dragons are understood to have sacked head coach Bernard Jackman half way through his three-year contract. The Welsh Rugby Union-owned region decided to act after the Irishman was only able to produce marginal improvements this season, despite an influx of new talent. Under Jackman, the Dragons have won only... Read More
What is their left to say about the Dragons? Except, maybe, that their capitulation at home to a third string Leinster team might represent a new low. Jamie Phillips thinks so and worries the only way is up – to North Wales. What a difference a week makes in sport... Read More