Swansea City believe “huge interest” in Wales’ cancelled game with Austria will encourage Ryan Giggs and his players to visit the Liberty Stadium in the future. Wales’ friendly with fellow Euro 2020 finalists Austria, which was due to be played in Swansea last Friday night, was cancelled because of the coronavirus pandemic. The game would have marked the return of the national team to Wales’ ‘second city’ for the first time in seven years, with Croatia the last international visitors there in March 2013.
Struggling with self-isolation? Finding the couch – with only Netflix, WhatsApp and Zoom for company – a challenging environment? Fear not, because help is at hand. The Isolating King Richard Parks tells Rob Cole how to get properly in the zone. Richard Parks knows a thing or two about self-isolation and is probably the least concerned of anyone right now about being alone. After all, this time he can do it with his wife, Jo, and son, Fred, whereas earlier in the year he was out on his own for 28 days trekking across Antarctica.
Workers are making rapid progress on converting Parc y Scarlets into a temporary hospital to provide extra beds for the NHS during the COVID-19 pandemic. Contractors have been working tirelessly on site since Monday as they look to complete a project that will see up to 500 beds installed at three separate locations on the stadium site. The biggest project is being undertaken at the indoor arena training facility, which will house 252 beds. There will also be a hospital area in the Quinnell Lounge in the South Stand and the first floor concourse.
The spread of coronavirus might have hit Welsh rugby hard, but Neath RFC hope good times are around the corner with the introduction of a synthetic 4G pitch planned at The Gnoll. Championship outfit Neath have seen their season cancelled due to the impact of Covid-19 and one of Wales’ most historic clubs have had tough times in the last few years. Prior to coronavirus causing the current campaign to be abandoned, Neath were fifth in the Championship and the club have grand plans both on and off the field.
FIFA'S Nations League Draw held in Amsterdam couldn't hold a candle to the DAIsolate Cup - even if the names for the second round were being pulled out of a Tupperware tub! Fronting the draw for the Ammanford AFC-inspired virtual FIFA football tournament were S4C’s Sgorio favourites, Dylan Ebenezer and Nicky John. As the draw was streamed live on YouTube from living rooms at different ends of Wales, Ebzy commented: "They've even shaken the Tupperware box - fantastic! FIFA have got nothing on this.
Trebanog have thrown down the gauntlet – having slapped Carn Rovers around the head with it – in the first round of the DAIsolate Cup. The Rhondda Valley club, who play in the South Wales Alliance Premier, sent out a chilling warning to the rest by thrashing their hapless opponents 23-0 in the first round of the home-based FIFA tournament for Welsh clubs.
Cardiff are hoping to reward their Indigo Group Premiership players with new contracts – even if they have no trophy and medals at the end of this season. The Arms Park club are in talks with Cardiff Blues over a range of proposals for next season after the current race for the title came to a shuddering halt. They also hope the current shutdown leads to a fundamental re-think over the way the professional game in Wales is both funded and structured.
It was Shane Williams’ final match for the Ospreys and confirmation again of his genius for timing. There were only two minutes left of the 2013 RaboDirect Pro12 final – a classic which is being re-shown by S4C on Saturday at 5.45pm – when Williams chose to shape the match to suit his own purposes. Leinster were leading 30-24 at the RDS Showground in Dublin and hanging on to a lead they felt certain would bring them the title.
Wales hockey star Leah Wilkinson is determined to fulfil her Olympic dream after Tokyo 2020 was postponed during her sabbatical from teaching. In January, Wilkinson started an eight-month break from Ewell Castle School in Epsom - where she is a history teacher and Head of Year 10 - to allow her to focus on preparation for Tokyo. The postponement of this summer’s Games due to the coronavirus pandemic is a difficult enough situation for full-time athletes with competitions, schedules and training plans to rearrange.
The Olympic Games has gone – for this year, at least – and athletes all over the world are having to adjust to a new reality. The target they had set themselves, often years ago, has shifted. But as Natasha Cockram tells Owen Morgan, the only thing to do is stay positive, count your blessings, and ring a new date in next year’s diary. Natasha Cockram gave up her day job earlier this year to concentrate on an Olympic dream and to earn a living from being a professional athlete. Now, the Welsh marathon runner is having to change course and the route to the finishing line is very uncertain.
Vale of Glamorgan trainer Tim Vaughan had a double at Ludlow with AllTimeGold and Jefferson Davis (writes Brian Lee). The former, partnered by stable jockey Alan Johns, landed the two-mile handicap chase, while Jefferson Davis, ridden by champion jockey Richard Johnson, won the three-mile handicap chase. https://twitter.com/LudlowRaceClub/status/1130490332783751168 AllTimeGold, the 6-4 favourite, won by six... Read More
Llancarfan's Evan Williams and Bridgend's John Flint saddled winners at Wincanton and Worcester (writes Brian Lee). Williams saw his four-year-old Annsam land the maiden hurdle at Wincanton and dual purpose trainer John Flint took the handicap chase at Worcester with his nine-year-old Cillian's Well. Annsam, partnered by stable jockey Adam Wedge and a 5-1... Read More
Pink Eyed Pedro, owned, trained and bred by David Brace of the Dunraven Stud at Pyle, near Bridgend, ran out an easy 11-lengths winner of the Dunraven Bowl Novices' Hunter Chase at Chepstow (writes Brian Lee). The eight-year-old bay gelding gave sponsor Brace his first success in the race since it... Read More
Welsh rugby International Cory Hill has a share in a syndicate horse that has won three point-to-point races this season (writes Brian Lee). He saw his mare take the honours at South Pembrokeshire Hunt Point-To-Point Steeplechases, Lydstep. It was the first time Hill had watched five-year-old chestnut Highway Jewel race win when she... Read More
Lorcan Williams, who hails from West Wales, had four rides for legendary trainer Paul Nicholls at Fontwell and won on three of them (writes Brian Lee). After finishing a length runner-up on the top weighted Tomorrow Mystery to Magical Thomas in the opening Handicap Hurdle, the former point-to-point rider won the... Read More
Dual purpose trainer John Flint took the M&M Green Haulage Handicap Chase at Ffos Las (writes Brian Lee). His 10-year-old course and distance winner Lac Sacre finished 12 lengths ahead of the Evan Williams-trained Sutters Mill. Lac Sacre, a 9-1 chance, was partnered by Paddy Brennan. Earlier in the day, Williams' Flight To... Read More