While some Premier League stars will try any excuse to skip an international friendly, one Welsh teenager is undertaking a 14,000-mile round trip to make her debut. Lauren Purchase, 14, lives in Malaysia with her parents, Dacre Purchase and Caroline Morris who were pupils of Llanfair Caereinion and Welshpool High Schools respectively. She is the great grand daughter of former Welshpool mayor, John Gwilt.
Graham Potter has urged his Swansea City players to retain their perspective after they crashed to 3-2 home defeat to Ipswich Town which sent them falling out of the Championship play-off places. The Swans manager insisted they should not over-react to the defeat which came after praise for their recent away draw at Wigan and convincing home victory over QPR. Chairman Huw Jenkins had claimed that the club were back playing "sexy football" but Ipswich were the ones looking pleased with themselves after inflicting a second home defeat of the season on their hosts.
The scene is set for an epic finish to the 2018 edition of Dayinsure Wales Rally GB tomorrow, after the momentum in this year’s FIA World Rally Championship title fight swung dramatically back and forth in front of thousands of enthralled fans in the heart of the classic mid Wales forests. Under bright, sunny skies, spectators flocked to the stages in huge numbers with an appetising itinerary of Myherin, Sweet Lamb Hafren, Dyfi, Gartheiniog and Dyfnant in the scenic Cambrian Mountains – some of the most demanding and spectacular speed tests anywhere in the world. They did not go home disappointed. With no midday service and almost 100 miles of flat-out competition, any issues or errors were always going to be magnified today – as two of the three title protagonists found out to their cost. First to fall was World Championship leader Thierry Neuville, who slid into a ditch on the first run through Hafren. It was only the assistance of quick-thinking spectators that enabled the Belgian to rejoin – but the delay dropped him well down the order. The drama, however, was not over yet.
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