Wales’ World Cup plans have been thrown into turmoil after Rob Howley was sent home from Japan. Former Wales captain and scrum-half Howley left Wales’s training camp on Monday following an alleged breach of World Rugby’s regulation six which covers anti-corruption and betting. Howley is understood to have been betting on matches, and has been provisionally suspended from all rugby matter matters until a disciplinary hearing - essentially ruling him out from any participation in the World Cup.
He may still be only 16, but Welsh swimming sensation Matt Richards already has his eyes set on next year’s Olympic Games in Tokyo. Those same eyes are on Japan for the next few weeks, too, as the young Welsh rugby fan tells Liz Byrnes. Matt Richards gave his parents a hint of what was to come when he was only a five-year-old on a family holiday in Tenerife. Disgruntled by having to wear armbands in the pool while other, older children didn’t, he marched up to his mother and father, told them he’d had enough and threw the armbands on the chair.
Tomas Francis has revealed Wales are going to go back to basics to solve their scrum problems at the World Cup. The Exeter Chiefs tight-head prop has been part of a Wales pack that creaked and wobbled at times during their warm-up matches for the tournament. Francis was at the forefront of a much-needed improved display when Wales lost to Ireland in Dublin, but all 20 teams at the World Cup in Japan will operate under a World Rugby scrummaging law amendment that was implemented this summer.
Junior and youth sailors from all round Wales will meet in Mumbles for the British Youth Sailing Welsh Regional Championships. A year out from the Tokyo Olympics where Cardiff’s Hannah Mills will be looking to defend her gold medal, this is the event which will find and showcase the Welsh sailing superstars of the future.
Wales Golf has welcomed the announcement that the 2021 AIG Women’s British Open will be held in Royal Porthcawl, as a further boost for the game in Wales. With the focus on women’s golf following a thrilling Solheim Cup, it is an opportunity to build further on the work Wales Golf does in encouraging women and girls into the game, which has seen an increase in the numbers joining Welsh golf clubs.
While Ellis Jenkins waits to see a surgeon in London next week to discuss what happens to his injured knee, Cardiff Blues coach John Mulvihill is backing his skipper to be back in time to go to the World Cup next year. The Blues have admitted that Jenkins suffered “a... Read More
The injury to Ellis Jenkins was the only dark cloud to darken a golden autumn for Wales. But Robin Davey believes depth in key positions now makes Wales far less vulnerable to forced changes than in the recent past. The serious injury suffered by Wales and Cardiff Blues back rower... Read More
There have been many measures of Wales’ progress this autumn, but a try-scoring prop is one of the more eye-catching. Warren Gatland’s team may have gone through a first four-from-four autumn Tests clean sweep and have now achieved nine successive victories, but there was also a human and visual form... Read More
Ellis Jenkins will have his World Cup hopes hanging in the balance when he gets a scan on his injured right knee on Monday. The Cardiff Blues back row man was named as the man of the match in Wales’s 20-11 over South Africa, but left the field on a... Read More
Rugby Australia boss Raelene Castle has certainly heaped the pressure on Wallaby coach Michael Cheika by suggesting his side’s ‘pass mark’ for this month will be a clean-sweep of their three games in Europe. Having been beaten for the ninth time in their past 12 games by the mighty All... Read More
Coach Warren Gatland has now unveiled his squad for the four-match series, starting against Scotland on November 3, and although a huge total of 17 players were either ruled out by injury or overlooked he has still chosen a squad he believes is capable of achieving a grand slam of... Read More