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.
Mid-Court Player Bethan Happy To Be Back In The Netball Green Of Celtic Dragons And The Red Of Wales
Bethan Dyke announced her return to full fitness by playing a full part in the Welsh Netball Summer Test Series. Wales fought out six games in seven days, winning four, with the mid-court player standing tall at wing-attack or centre. Former Cardiff Met University student Bethan, originally from Bridgend, was out injured... Read More
St Asaph-born Suzy Drane, the current golden girl of Welsh netball, is 101 not out. Drane, a full-time lecturer at Cardiff Metropolitan University, has powered past the century landmark in senior international appearances for Wales - and is closing in on record holder Helen Weston. Wales completed their summer Test series in... Read More
Wales 32 South Africa 84 Wales named four new senior internationals in their team against South Africa at the Viola Arena in Cardiff Bay. The visitors, preparing for the Vitality World Cup in Liverpool later this month, won all four quarters and earned an emphatic victory. This is, though, a transitional period for... Read More
Wales face a major netball challenge when they take on powerful South Africa over two matches at the Viola Arena in Cardiff Bay. The visitors are ranked number five in the World and are preparing for the World Cup in Liverpool later this month. Wales face South Africa on Thursday and Friday... Read More
Kyra Jones, Celtic Dragons' Australian-born mid court player, was named coaches player of the season at their awards night. Head coach Tania Hoffman presented Wales international Jones, who retired from Vitality Superleague Netball after the final fixture, with her trophy. Players, management and staff of Celtic Dragons gathered at Cameo Club, Pontcanna to... Read More