George North will leave Northampton at the end of this season and return to Wales on a national dual contract, with the Dragons believing they can tempt him to Rodney Parade. The Lions wing, who has won 69 Wales caps and scored 30 tries, has agreed a deal from next term, the Welsh Rugby Union have announced. North has been one of the biggest names in the European game over recent years and his tally of caps means he could have chosen to stay in English rugby, or moved to France, and still have been eligible for Wales selection as he is comfortably above the new 60-cap threshold.
It used to be quiet at sleepy Rodney Parade. The only sounds often heard would be groaning fans or the starting of engines in the car park as players made their escape to elsewhere. But Robin Davey – who first revealed in his Dai Sport column that the region were keen to sign Ross Moriarty – says the noisy neighbours are now making the other three regions turn their heads eastwards. The wheel really has turned the full circle - or the worm has turned - as the Dragons emerge from the shadows to become the most talked about Welsh region. It all began with the Welsh Rugby Union buying Rodney Parade, taking over the Dragons, installing a new hybrid pitch and making considerable ground improvements.
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.
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