The celebrations from Cardiff Blues epic Challenge Cup comeback win over Gloucester in Bilbao may finally be subsiding. Now, as Geraint Powell argues in his latest column for Dai Sport, the issue is getting things right off the pitch to ensure future success. Few would begrudge the Cardiff Blues region their 31-30 win over Gloucester in the final of the second tier European Challenge Cup final in Bilbao last Friday.
The Scarlets and the Ospreys have much to live up to after the Cardiff Blues’ display last weekend, says Robin Davey. But there are plenty of reasons for genuine optimism. It's a big weekend for rugby in the west, with both the Scarlets and the Ospreys facing key qualification games. For the Scarlets, already buoyed by a hugely successful season which saw them reach the European Champions Cup semi-finals, it means a trip to Scotland to face Glasgow in a Guinness Pro 14 play-off on Friday night.
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.
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