Swansea City have been relegated and the inquests are likely to continue for some time. The man who first took them up to the highest level, John Toshack, brings further bad news, as he tells Graham Thomas that their new division is among the toughest in Europe. John Toshack sips his coffee and looks concerned as he surveys the sail boats in Swansea Bay. The club he began his 40-year management career with, the one he pulled and heaved from the old fourth division to the first, have slipped out of the Premier League.
Former Wales prop Rhys Thomas is back in rugby, the battery-charged coach at Newport High School Old Boys. Peter Jackson speaks to a man who has, literally, given his heart to the game and overcome all the odds. Rhys Thomas began the season waiting for a heart transplant at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham. He finished it, against all the odds, by making probably the bravest and certainly the most improbable of come-backs. At a time when the column inches and social media equivalent keep racking up over Billy Vunipola’s hamstring, Dylan Hartley’s concussion and Manu Tuilagi’s knee, their predicaments seem almost mundane compared to the on-going life-or-death issues endured by the former Wales prop.
Often, it's not the winning that reveals character, but the way someone recovers from setbacks. Rob Cole salutes former world champion Non Stanford - on the comeback trail after the Commonwealth Games. It was the great Aussie rugby coach Alan Jones who coined the immortal phrase to sum up the slings and arrows of often outrageous sporting fortune: “One minute you’re a rooster, the next a feather duster.” How often have we seen the mighty fall from grace to underline the beautiful unpredictability of sport?
Leon Britton believes rediscovering the Swansea Way is more important than immediate promotion back to the Premier League. The Swansea City legend brought down the curtain on his 19-year career at the weekend when he played his final match for the club before retirement.
West Wales sailor Michael Beckett has scored his best ever performance at senior level, winning the silver medal at a breezy Laser European Championships in La Rochelle. The British Sailing Team member, 23, from Solva in Pembrokeshire, put on an impressive show of consistency over the six-day regatta, only finishing outside of the top ten three times in 11 races.
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