Taulupe Faletau’s club Bath are set to be hit with a fine for allowing the Wales No.8 to play against South Africa. The Lions forward was granted release by the club even though the match fell outside of the World Rugby approved international window. Faletau has a clause in his contract with Bath that provides him with release for all Wales matches, even if the club are playing on the same weekend - as was the case last Saturday.
Glamorgan batsman Will Bragg has announced his retirement from cricket with immediate effect at the age of 31. Bragg was only able to play a handful of County Championship matches in 2017 due to illness, but did enjoy a successful Royal London One-Day Cup campaign when he registered a career-best 94 against the Kent Spitfires at Swansea. “It’s been a great experience to come through the age groups of Welsh Cricket and represent Glamorgan for over a decade,” said Bragg.
Sun, sea, and sand will provide the backdrop to Run 4 Wales' newest event - the Brecon Carreg Barry Island 10K which will take place on Sunday 5th August. The brand-new 10K race will bring a festival of running to the popular seaside resort - which has enjoyed significant regeneration work in recent years - forming part of the popular Barry Island Weekenders series of summertime events.
Not for the first time Gareth Bale found himself playing second fiddle to a rugby player named as Welsh Sports Personality of the Year. Two years ago it was a rather embarrassed Dan Biggar who picked up the prize ahead of the Wales and Real Madrid superstar at the Wales Sport Awards. This time, it was Jonathan Davies who took the title from a shortlist that once again included the 2017 Champions League winner.
Newport County have been handed a money-spinning FA Cup third round draw at home to Leeds United. County’s reward for beating Cambridge United – and making the third round stage for only the second time in 32 years – is another home draw against the club who reached four finals in an eight-year spell between 1965 and 1973. Cardiff also have a home tie against League Two Mansfield Town, while Swansea City have a tough looking away draw at Championship leaders Wolves.
Wales scrum-half Aled Davies is to become the second current international to leave the Scarlets for the Ospreys. The 25-year-old – who started for Wales against South Africa last Saturday – will join Scott Williams in moving from the current Guinness Pro14 champions to join their struggling neighbours. Like Williams, five-times capped Davies wants more starting time, having found himself in the shadow of fellow Wales international Gareth Davies.
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