Gareth Bale has always been adored by Wales fans but his global appeal was once again in evidence as the Real Madrid superstar became his country’s record goalscorer in a 6-0 thrashing of China. Bale’s first international hat-trick saw him move past Ian Rush and on to 29 goals as he got Ryan Giggs’ tenure as Chris Coleman’s successor off to the perfect start in Nanning. It meant there was only one man on the lips of the 36,533-strong Guangxi Sports Centre crowd. At the full-time whistle, Bale cradled the match ball and walked along the touchline with Wales’ hardy travelling support and thousands of fervent Chinese supporters standing in appreciation to applaud the 28-year-old’s spectacular individual display.
Gareth Bale paid tribute to his Wales teammates after breaking Ian Rush’s record with a hat-trick to become his country’s leading goalscorer. The landmark was reached by Bale with three goals as Ryan Giggs made a dream start his spell as manager with a 6-0 victory at the China Cup in Nanning. Bale began the game on 26 international goals – two behind Rush’s record of 28 – but three goals edged him past the former Liverpool legend to set a new mark in Welsh football history of 29 international goals.
London Welsh are on the way back. The club that set the gold standard in the Seventies may have a long, long way to go, but Owen Morgan finds cause for celebration in a modest step upwards. There hasn't been much cause for celebration at London Welsh in recent seasons, but Old Deer Park was once again echoing to the noise of champagne corks popping last weekend. The Exiles, who were forced into liquidation last season and relegated to the ninth tier of English rugby, made their first step back up the league ladder as they clinched promotion from London SE Division Herts and Middlesex Division One.
Bangor University – training base for Wales squash star Tesni Evans – will be turning red on Friday as part of the Commonwealth Games We Are Red campaign. The university’s main arts building will be backing Team Wales by transforming itself into national colours to show support for their six athletes who will be competing. As well as Evans, currently ranked No.12 in the world, five weightlifters from the university are making the trip to the Gold Coast for the Games which start on April 4.
Conwy-born maths teacher and rally navigator Dan Nieroda began his 2018 rallying season last weekend when he joined Steve Robinson in his Mini for the Historic AGBO Stages at Weston Park. Nieroda had planned to contest the event alongside his regular driver, but an engine issue forced the withdrawal of the entry allowing him to be drafted in to guide Robinson in his Mini on what was only his second ever event. Having rallied a Mini of his own over a decade ago, Nieroda brought experience from both the driver and co-driver seats, and after the opening two stages the crew had already climbed over 20 places from their starting position of 53.
Ryan Giggs has admitted he has been under pressure to play Gareth Bale as Wales prepare to meet their hosts at the China Cup. The new Wales manager takes charge for the first time on Thursday with Bale having flown out late from Spain on Tuesday for an appearance that sponsors are anxious to see takes place. The Real Madrid star linked up with the Wales squad in Nanning after scoring in his club’s 6-3 La Liga win over Girona on Sunday night.
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