Joel Makin cruelly missed out on a glorious chance for one of the biggest wins of his career after suffering an ankle injury in the Tournament of Champions in New York. The Haverfordwest-born player was leading Egypt's world No 5 Karim Abdel Gawad by two sets to nil and was 4-3 in the third when he pulled up in pain in his second round match.
Oli McBurnie is set to return for Swansea City at home to Sheffield United this weekend after recovering from the illness that forced him to miss their last two games. The Swans striker sat out the FA Cup victory at Aston Villa as well as the draw at Preston, but manager Graham Potter believes his leading scorer is sharp enough again to face the Blades. "With Oli it is one of those things where he was ill last week, a bit low, and then he has picked something else up,” said Potter.
Newport County are to help their fans with the long trip to Middlesbrough in the FA Cup by paying half their costs. The gesture is a thank you by the club for their supporters’ role in their giant-killing run that has taken them through to the fourth round. Manager Mike Flynn and his team earned a stunning 2-1 victory over Leicester City in the third round before being handed a fourth round trip to the Riverside Stadium on January 26.
Tesni Evans hopes to play her part in bringing New Yorkers to a standstill when she plays her first match at the JP Morgan Tournament of Champions this weekend. The Welsh No.1 – who broke into the world’s top 10 on the back of stunning performances in America last year – rates the event as one of the sport’s best due to its iconic location. Imagine a glass squash court dropped into the main passenger concourse at Waterloo train station during rush hour and you get an idea of the impact made by hosting the championship at New York’s Grand Central Terminal.
Josh Adams has been ruled out of a comeback this weekend as the Wales wing battles for fitness ahead of the Six Nations. The Worcester Warriors star has not played since injuring his hamstring last month and the club have warned that any setback now could lead to another six to eight weeks on the sidelines. That would be another significant blow for Wales who are already without Leigh Halfpenny for an unspecified further period as he tries to overcome the effects of concussion.
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Scarlets captain Ken Owens has claimed there have been of voices of dissent towards him and his team from within the region. The Wales hooker gave a combative interview to broadcasters Premier Sports after his side had beaten the Dragons 22-13 at Parc Y Scarlets to end a run of... Read More
Allen Clarke insisted his Ospreys team had dominated the Cardiff Blues as they ended their rivals’ hopes of a derby clean sweep. The Ospreys coach saw his team win 20-11 at the Liberty Stadium – a venue where the Blues have now not won for 14 years – to leave... Read More
Jonathan Davies has told his Scarlets teammates they need to be bold if they are to save their season in 2019. The Wales centre has urged the region to return to the swashbuckling style of a year ago when they host the Cardiff Blues on Saturday evening. Davies admits the... Read More
Wayne Pivac has admitted his Scarlets team owe it to their fans to prevent a blip growing into a crisis. The Wales coach-elect has challenged his players to respond when they host the Cardiff Blues in Saturday's Welsh derby following a four-game losing sequence. The region have seen their European... Read More
So, how were the first Welsh festive derbies for you? Full of good cheer? A winter warmer to give you a glow right through to the Six Nations? Harri Morgan watched the Ospreys do battle with the Scarlets and was left wondering whether he should have gone shopping instead. As... Read More
Luke Morgan insists he has no regrets he spent so long in Sevens rugby – even though he’s ripping it up in the full form of the game. Morgan added to his growing reputation with a true predator’s match-winning try for the Ospreys in their festive derby victory over the... Read More