Lee Walker claimed one of the biggest scalps of his 25-year career by knocking world number one Judd Trump out of the 19.com English Open. The Gwent player had tasted victory just once this season before the tournament began, but made it three wins in as many days to set up a last 16 clash with Gary Wilson. In a high quality match, Walker stunned the world champion by taking the opening two frames with breaks of 74 and 67, only for Trump to reply with back-to-back centuries.
Wales are preparing for a huge test of their rugby credentials against France this weekend, but it isn’t just happening in Japan. This is the Wales rugby league team and the tournament is the World Cup Nines, which start in Sydney on Friday – just part of a busy current schedule for the league code, as Graham Thomas reports. Wales and the Rugby World Cup may be fixing much of the nation’s attention at present, but the sport’s other code is working hard to grab some of the limelight. Rugby League in Wales has always faced a challenge to move beyond the shadow of rugby union and this season might be their biggest yet if Warren Gatland’s team go all the way in Japan.
Two snooker veterans upset the form book at the 19.com English Open, leaving them as the only Welshmen left standing as the third round gets underway. Against the odds, Dominic Dale secured a place in the last 32 of a ranking event for only the second time in 23 attempts. The 47-year-old eased through 4-1 against Xu Si – conqueror of Matthew Stevens in round one – to set up a clash against world number 68 Tian Pengfei.
Aaron Ramsey is set to return for Juventus this weekend – less than week after missing Wales’ Euro 2020 qualifier against Croatia because of injury. The Wales midfielder has trained with his Italian club and is in contention to return from a groin injury to face Genoa in Turin on Saturday. That will be a mixed blessing for Wales manager Ryan Giggs, who must now hope Ramsey can sustain fitness until Wales’ decisive final qualifiers in Azerbaijan on November 16 and at home to Hungary three days later.
Ken Owens is backing the strength of shared experience to prove the decisive factor in Wales’ favour when they meet France in Sunday’s World Cup quarter-final. The Wales hooker made his Test debut at the 2011 World Cup and is now one of the most experienced players in the squad that will be bidding for a place in the last four in Oita. Owens was a wide-eyed youngster back then and back-up to current Wales conditioning coach Huw Bennett, but the Scarlets captain has since gone on to pass Bennett’s half century mark of appearances and will earn his 71st Wales cap on Sunday.
The World Cup quarter-final is looming, with Wales firm favourites with the bookies to beat a disjointed, and often disorganised France. Robin Davey doesn’t find any reason to disagree and says it all points to north v south in two epic semi-finals. It’s Le Crunch, with Wales just 80 minutes away from securing a place in the last four of the World Cup, and with it, revenge against France who controversially dumped them out of the 2011 tournament. Wales will go in to Sunday’s quarter-final as favourites, having won all four of their pool games - one of only two sides to achieve that with hosts Japan being the other – whereas, France have again looked anything but convincing.
Wales have qualified for the Uefa under-17 championships elite round after wins and Slovenia and Kosovo in the Netherlands. They finished second in their group behind the hosts, who won 2-1 when the teams played each other. Coach Richard Williams’ team opened the tournament with a 1-0 win against Slovenia with centre-half... Read More
Wales 1 Slovenia 0 Jay Williams, a former Newport County defender now playing at Fulham’s academy, scored a dramatic winner for Wales in their Uefa Under-17 Championship qualifier against Slovenia in the Netherlands. The teams were locked on 0-0 after 90 minutes before 16-year-old Williams netted with Cardiff City’s Taylor Jones providing... Read More
Bluebirds Bluebirds’ loan watch. Dai Sport’s Terry Phillips takes an in-depth look at the 12 Cardiff City players currently out on loan - 10 of those are from the Academy Cardiff City’s scheduled under-23 fixture at Coventry City this week was postponed because of a waterlogged pitch. The Professional Under-23 Development South clash... Read More
Harry Arter divided opinion among Cardiff City supporters during his time on loan with the club last season - and he cleaved managerial attitudes after the Bluebirds’ 1-1 draw at home to Fulham on Friday night. Admittedly, one of those bosses is his brother-in-law, Scott Parker. But there was enough... Read More
Harry Arter faces his Bluebirds pals, including Josh Murphy and Sean Morrison, when he plays for Fulham in their Championship visit to Cardiff City Stadium this evening (7.45pm). AFC Bournemouth midfield player Arter spent last season on loan at Cardiff and now he is at the heart of Fulham’s bid to... Read More
It’s not often Cardiff City are the underdogs at home in the Championship, but Neil Warnock believes that status will act as added incentive for his players against Fulham on Friday night. Warnock is excited, rather than concerned, about facing a team he feels is all set to return to... Read More