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Glamorgan Down Pads As Cricket Season Recedes Into The Distant Horizon

Glamorgan have put all their players and coaches on furlough until the end of May. With cricket’s start to the season having been delayed, the county have opted to take advantage of the government’s job retention scheme, which covers 80 per cent of wages up to £30,000-a-year. The County Championship was scheduled to start this weekend but the domestic season has been postponed until at least May 28 and there is the expectation of further delays.

Barry Cawte Says He's Proud Of Welsh Rugby Players After Pay Cut

Players’ union leader Barry Cawte has said he is proud of his members after they agreed to take a 25 per cent pay cut. As professional footballers continue talks over possible reductions due to the coronavirus pandemic, players at the four Welsh rugby regions have agreed to reduce their salaries by a quarter. The deal, brokered between the Welsh Rugby Players' Association (WRPA) and Welsh rugby's Professional Rugby Board (PRB) will be backdated to April 1 and last three months.

Hadleigh To Park Up In Japan . . . Along With Owen Williams, As Both Wave Goodbye To Wales

Hadleigh Parkes and Owen Williams are poised to leave Welsh rugby – a move that will bring down the curtain on their respective Wales careers. The pair are heading for lucrative moves to Japan after attempts to keep Parkes at the Scarlets and lure Williams from Gloucester to a Welsh region both failed. Instead, the two centres will follow the money trail to the far East and therefore be unavailable to Wales coach Wayne Pivac as they fail to meet the 60-cap threshold for overseas-based players.

Wales Rugby League’s Spring International Programme Postponed

Wales Rugby League’s international matches for the spring have all been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Wales Wheelchair were due to face Scotland and Ireland in the annual Celtic Cup in Dundee this month, whilst Wales Students were to face the Royal Navy and England in Nelson. The first ever Wales Masters (over 35s) internationals against England and Ireland in Bethesda in May are also off for the time being.

Wales Golfing Great Hew Squirrell Has Died.

One of Wales’s most successful ever amateur golfers, Hew Squirrell, has passed away aged 87. He won five Welsh Amateur titles, represented Wales 19 times in the Home Internationals in the 20 years between 1955 and 1975 including, in 1961, being part of the first Wales team to beat England. Squirrell is second in the Wales Golf history books for both Welsh Amateur titles won (behind Henry Howell, eight between 1920-32) and Home International appearances (behind Iestyn Tucker, 25 from 1949-79), having represented Cardiff golf club and been an honorary member of Royal Porthcawl.

Natasha's Impact Earns Her Wales Golf PGA Pro Of The Year Award

Former Wales golfer Natasha Gobey has had such an impact in the 18 months she has been back as a club professional that she has now claimed the Wales Golf PGA Pro of the Year Award. The former Wales squad amateur turned professional after studying in America, then working at The James Andrews School of Golf for seven years and Tony Valentine Golf Centre for 6 months before returning home to Rhondda and then working at Bryn Meadows Golf Hotel and Spa. The 28-year-old has demonstrated outstanding success growing the game of golf and to becoming the best coach she can, increasing participation at any club she has been a part of.

Doctor Jamie Roberts Finally Gets On The Wards . . . As Mister Motivator

Former Wales and Lions star Jamie Roberts has started working for the National Health Service to help the fight against coronavirus. Roberts – who qualified as a doctor seven years ago - has stepped in as a clinical innovation fellow, a role which will see him working in Cardiff in a motivational and communications capacity. With sport cancelled indefinitely, the 94-cap centre is back in Wales after a most recent spell playing in South Africa for the Stormers.

Cardiff And Swansea Players Await Crunch PFA Talks On Wages

Wage cuts or deferrals for Cardiff City and Swansea City players have still to be agreed as EFL clubs continue talks with the Professional Footballers Association (PFA). The EFL is negotiating with the PFA for what is understood to be an even higher percentage of deferral than the 30 per cent the Premier League clubs are seeking. The Championship, League One and Two clubs claim they are being hit especially hard by the loss of match-day revenue due to the shutdown caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

Natalie Powell's World Has Shrunk . . . But Not Her Drive And Ambition

Natalie Powell had hoped to be going for gold at the Olympic Games this summer. Instead, Wales' leading judoka has turned her living room into a makeshift combat area and is trying to stay fit and healthy, as she tells Graham Thomas. Natalie Powell has re-set her goals and adapted her training as she gets used to a delayed Olympic Games. It’s a flexible approach that Wales’ top judo star believes can benefit everyone as they aim to stay fit and healthy during the restrictions imposed by the coronavirus pandemic.

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No More Jokes, No More Pity . . . The Dragons Have Finally Found Their Fire

The Dragons have turned themselves around in recent months in a way that few saw coming, not least the other three Welsh regions who used to regard beating them as something to take for granted. Not any more. Robin Davey looks at the transformation at Rodney Parade. Two wins and... Read More

Wales Hooker Elliot Dee Backs Gwent Boys To Finish In A League Of Their Own . . . Just As He Did

Wales hooker Elliot Dee is backing Coleg Gwent to crown themselves national champions – and give more players the springboard to play for their country. Dragons star Dee has been invited to provide a pre-game pep talk to the class of 2020 before they face Coleg Y Cymoedd in the... Read More

It's 21 Months Since The Dragons Won Back-To-Back Games . . . Not Good Enough, Says Warren Gatland

The Dragons have been told they need to improve their success rate if they are to get more players into the Wales squad. The blunt message comes from Warren Gatland as the region face a pivotal test of their strength or otherwise with a Friday night home clash against Northampton... Read More

Penallta Hungry For Plate And Bowl Triumph

Penallta rugby club are still on course for a double dose of delight at the Principality Stadium in the WRU Cup Finals weekend after both their 1st and 2nd XVs made it through in the National Plate and Bowl competitions last weekend. But they both face tricky away games in the next... Read More

New Dragons Signings Suggest Rodney Parade Is No Longer A Departure Lounge

The new era at the Dragons is certainly having a positive effect, given the recent contract renewals signed by Wales squad newbies Leon Brown and Elliot Dee. Home grown talent committing themselves to play under Bernard Jackman at Rodney Parade is exactly what the Dragons faithful wanted. Hallam Amos was... Read More

Wales' New Breed Prove Warren Gatland Is Not Blind To Times That Are A Changing

Warren Gatland has put his faith in the boldness of youth with five uncapped players in his squad for the November Tests. It’s an uncharacteristic shifting of faith – in both players and playing style from the Wales coach, but Robin Davey says it reflects both individual form and the... Read More
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