The Dragons are bringing back home another talented Welsh exile after signing Wales Sevens international Rhodri Davies for next season. The 25-year-old Pembrokeshire-born Rotherham Titans scrum half becomes the latest signing made by Bernard Jackman as he seeks to turn the Rodney Parade outfit into real contenders in the future. Davies joins Ross Moriarty, Jordan Williams and Rhodri Williams in committing his future to the Dragons from English clubs. Jackman doesn’t want to stop there as he scouts for Welsh qualified players and senior internationals George North and Ryan Bevington are on his radar.
European Junior 1500 metre champion Jake Heyward and Commonwealth Youth discus silver medallist James Tomlinson are among 21 athletes included on the British Athletics Futures Academy programme for 2018. The talented Welsh teenagers will benefit from a package of support for both themselves and their coaches as they attempt to progress to British Athletics’ World Class Programme. Heyward, now coached by James Thie, is one of four European Junior gold medallists included on the programme, joining Maya Bruney, Toby Harries, and Jemma Reekie. The Futures Programme – supported by Nike – aims to confirm athlete’s potential and transition onto the World Class Programme (WCP) in 2018-19 and support those who have highlighted their potential to win medals at future Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Wales women’s rugby sevens side will help make history after securing a place at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia. The squad will be competing alongside seven other nations in what will be the first ever female sevens tournament at the Commonwealth Games.
The first steps in creating a sustainable financial future for one of the world’s greatest rugby clubs, Newport RFC, were taken his week when the Principality Premiership club signed a significant sponsorship deal with Carpeo Estate Planning. The deal will provide one of Wales’ oldest clubs with a financial lifeline at a time when they are trying to find a way to move forward after losing their home of the past 140 years at Rodney Parade as a result of the takeover of the Dragons and Rodney Parade by the Welsh Rugby Union. The deal left the Black & Ambers with around £600,000 in the bank and an agreement to continue to play at their spiritual home for as long as professional rugby is played at Rodney Parade. Running a Premiership club costs around £350,000 a year and they receive less than a third of that from the WRU.
Cardiff Blues head coach Danny Wilson has been appointed the new forwards supremo at Wasps. The former Wales Under 20 boss will leave the capital city region at the end of the current season after three years at the helm. Wilson will link up with former Wales international and ex-Blues head coach Dai Young in Coventry. "The opportunity to work with Dai was one of the big attractions of moving to Wasps," said Wilson.
Dan Biggar has pledged his loyalty to Northampton next season despite their sacking of director of rugby Jim Mallinder. It was Mallinder who convinced Biggar to leave the Ospreys at the end of this campaign for three years with the Saints. But despite Mallinder’s dismissal this week, Wales fly-half Biggar has told the Aviva Premiership club he will not look for any way out of his deal which is understood to be worth £650,000-a-year.
Paul Clement has confessed that Swansea City got off lightly by only conceding four goals at home to magnificent Manchester City on Wednesday night. The Swans manager looked like a man watching his car being jacked up by an expert team of slick-handed thieves, who effortlessly remove the wheels, then come back for the interiors, the gadgets and the seats, and leave only a shell. Clement’s team were indeed hollowed out – stripped down to a barely functioning few parts by opponents who were methodical and masterful.
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