Glamorgan have signed Australian top-order batsman Shaun Marsh as the club’s overseas player for the 2018 and 2019 seasons. Marsh will be available for Glamorgan in all three formats of the game, but is likely to miss the start of the campaigns after spells in the Indian Premier League. Glamorgan have confirmed they will engage another overseas player to cover Marsh for this period of the season.
Wales have been warned by All Blacks flanker Sam Cane that New Zealand’s vulnerability on their short tour ended at Murrayfield. The Kiwis were wobbling last week against Scotland as their lead was whittled down to five points in an unconvincing 22-17 victory. That has prompted thoughts that perhaps a long year that has included a series against the Lions has started to create stresses and cracks opponents can now exploit.
Neil Warnock hailed Cardiff’s 1-0 victory at Barnsley as their best win of the season. Callum Paterson’s first goal for the Bluebirds took City back into second spot after Sheffield United crashed to a home defeat by Fulham.
Tammy Abraham looks likely to give Swansea City a boost by proving his fitness for their crunch Premier League game against Bournemouth on Saturday. Abraham, who is on loan at the Liberty Stadium from Chelsea, was carried off during the closing stages of last Saturday's 2-0 Premier League defeat against Burnley. Although he missed training on Tuesday, Swans manager Paul Clement is upbeat about his prospects of being fit to face Bournemouth in four days' time.
Welsh bobsleigher Bruce Tasker was back on the World Cup podium last weekend after helping the British 4-man team claim bronze at the World Cup race in Park City, Utah, USA. Tasker was joined by pilot Brad Hall, Joel Fearon and Greg Cackett in becoming Britain’s first Bobsleigh World Cup medalists since John Jackson won silver alongside Tasker, Fearon and Stu Benson in Lake Placid in December, 2013. Before that, you had to go back to 1997 to find another British Men’s Bobsleigh medal on the World Cup circuit, with that success coming when Sean Ollson guided GB to bronze in La Plagne the season before he won the same colour medal at the Nagano Olympics.
Welsh football will come out in support of Stonewall’s Rainbow Laces campaign later this month. The campaign aims to make sport everyone’s game by creating an environment that’s inclusive for LGBT fans and players. Every year Stonewall ask sports organisations to help raise awareness of anti-LGBT abuse, by asking clubs to show their support for the LGBT community. Research carried out last year found that 72% of football fans have heard anti-LGBT remarks at games over the last five years.
So, here we go again. Can Wales beat the All Blacks this week? No-one under pensionable age can remember what victory over New Zealand feels like. Geraint Powell looks at the fixture's history and says the tourists are more vulnerable than ever. Just don't part with a lot of money. Would you, as a Welsh rugby fan, be happy to lose to Australia, Georgia and South Africa in order to beat New Zealand? That has been an oft asked question ahead of this November campaign. I think it is fair to say that many readily answered “yes”. Unfortunately, that is not how beating the All Blacks actually works in practice. If you are unable to beat Georgia, and a weakened Welsh side came perilously close to being held to a draw on Saturday, the odds on beating the All Blacks are not great.