Wales will weather the physical and meteorological storms predicted in their opening Rugby World Cup Pool D clash against Georgia at the City of Toyota Stadium on Monday, according to assistant coach Shaun Edwards. The build-up to the World Cup has been far from plain sailing, with three defeats in their last four tests and the off-field furore that saw attack coach Rob Howley return home from Japan for an alleged breach of rugby’s betting rules. But Edwards says that despite this, and the predictions of wind and rain for the match, they are confident of an opening victory.
Swansea City manager Steve Cooper accused referee Tony Harrington of being influenced by the Bristol City bench in his decision to send off Jake Bidwell. The Swans boss was angered by the decision to dismiss Bidwell who was given a straight red card during the late stages of Saturday’s 0-0 draw at Ashton Gate. Harrington consulted an assistant before showing a red card to the full-back for a late challenge that prevented Robins substitute Niclas Eliasson from breaking away on the right.
The World Cup may be underway, and the regions are preparing for their own campaign, but grassroots club rugby somehow has to keep its voice heard, too. Kasey Rees went to Sardis Road to hear how Pontypridd and Carmarthen Quins are doing just that in the new Indigo Welsh Premiership. With all eyes on Rugby World Cup in Japan and the Pro 14 season around the corner, how does Premiership rugby compete for attention from fans? On Saturday evening in front of hundreds of fans at Sardis Road, Pontypridd beat Carmarthen Quins in a thrilling encounter.
Neil Warnock has urged Gavin Whyte to be more streetwise if he wants to make the most of his growing impact at Cardiff City. The Bluebirds manager was full of praise for the 23-year-old Northern Irishman after the part he played in Cardiff’s 1-0 victory at home to Middlesbrough. Whyte was a constant threat to Boro as Warnock’s side made it five Championship matches unbeaten thanks to an early own goal by Ashley Fletcher.
Aaron Wainwright has been backed to counter the power of the Georgia pack when he makes his World Cup bow on Monday. After naming the 21-year-old Dragons flanker in his back row to start the tournament, for the Pool D match at the City of Toyota Stadium on Monday, coach Warren Gatland gave Wainwright a glowing report on his progress so far. “He’s incredibly athletic and an intelligent rugby player,” said Gatland about the forward who was playing student rugby for Cardiff Met just a couple of years ago.
Matt Grimes has insisted Swansea City will not allow a stumble to become a fall when they visit Bristol City tomorrow. The Swans skipper believes his side will recover quickly from their first defeat of the season – one which cost them their place at the top of the Championship table. Last week’s 1-0 reverse against Nottingham Forest at the Liberty Stadium was not a result many saw coming after the team had taken 16 points from six games, but Grimes insists it was a rare one-off and his side will prove as much at Ashton Gate, even though the home side are only two points and two places behind the Swans.
Wales served up one of the best results in their history – one which former hero David Kettle admitted brought him to tears – as they thrashed Ireland 4-0 to retain their place among hockey’s elite. The comprehensive victory in their final match at the EuroHockey Championships in Belgium means... Read More
It’s Wales v England on Saturday, but it’s nothing to do with the warm-up for rugby’s World Cup. In Antwerp, the old enemies face each other in their opening game of the men’s EuroHockey championship. Owen Morgan looks at the progress of the national sides in both the men’s and... Read More
Wales have failed to qualify for the semi-finals of the women’s EuroHockey Championship II after being held to a 2-2 draw against Poland in Glasgow. Despite a late rally, which included a second equaliser from skipper Leah Wilkinson, Wales could not find the winner which they needed to take them... Read More
Wales’ bold bid for promotion to Tier 1 of the EuroHockey Youth Championship was thwarted by the Russians as they reached the final with a 4-1 win in Cardiff. That set-up a third-place play-off against Austria, which ended up in a 3-0 defeat at Sophia Gardens. Russia beat Scotland 6-3... Read More
Wales Under 18 head coach Lee Ible is hoping the second half fightback against tournament favourites Scotland by his side at the EuroHockey Youth Championships II in Cardiff will be the catalyst for some big wins in their upcoming games. Wales trailed by three goals a minute into the second... Read More
Wales have rocketed up the official World Hockey Rankings following their heroics at the EuroHockey Championships and both the men’s and women’s teams are now sitting in high enough positions to be invited to the 2018 Commonwealth Games. The target for both teams was to be ranked in the Top... Read More