Wales’ World Cup plans have been thrown into turmoil after Rob Howley was sent home from Japan. Former Wales captain and scrum-half Howley left Wales’s training camp on Monday following an alleged breach of World Rugby’s regulation six which covers anti-corruption and betting. Howley is understood to have been betting on matches, and has been provisionally suspended from all rugby matter matters until a disciplinary hearing - essentially ruling him out from any participation in the World Cup.
He may still be only 16, but Welsh swimming sensation Matt Richards already has his eyes set on next year’s Olympic Games in Tokyo. Those same eyes are on Japan for the next few weeks, too, as the young Welsh rugby fan tells Liz Byrnes. Matt Richards gave his parents a hint of what was to come when he was only a five-year-old on a family holiday in Tenerife. Disgruntled by having to wear armbands in the pool while other, older children didn’t, he marched up to his mother and father, told them he’d had enough and threw the armbands on the chair.
Tomas Francis has revealed Wales are going to go back to basics to solve their scrum problems at the World Cup. The Exeter Chiefs tight-head prop has been part of a Wales pack that creaked and wobbled at times during their warm-up matches for the tournament. Francis was at the forefront of a much-needed improved display when Wales lost to Ireland in Dublin, but all 20 teams at the World Cup in Japan will operate under a World Rugby scrummaging law amendment that was implemented this summer.
Junior and youth sailors from all round Wales will meet in Mumbles for the British Youth Sailing Welsh Regional Championships. A year out from the Tokyo Olympics where Cardiff’s Hannah Mills will be looking to defend her gold medal, this is the event which will find and showcase the Welsh sailing superstars of the future.
Wales Golf has welcomed the announcement that the 2021 AIG Women’s British Open will be held in Royal Porthcawl, as a further boost for the game in Wales. With the focus on women’s golf following a thrilling Solheim Cup, it is an opportunity to build further on the work Wales Golf does in encouraging women and girls into the game, which has seen an increase in the numbers joining Welsh golf clubs.
Cardiff Devils 2, MAC Újbuda 4 The music man took cantre stage for Cardiff Devils after their final pre-season fixture against MAC Újbuda at the Viola Arena. Canadian ice hockey forward Mike McNamee, who loves playing the guitar and singing in his spare time, provided the post-game entertainment for Devils fans in... Read More
Cardiff Devils 2, Fehervar 4 Canadian defenceman Sam Jardine celebrated his 26th birthday by playing for Cardiff Devils in their second pre-season match at their Viola Arena home rink. Jardine, who twice won the Kelly Cup in North America, has switched from Growlers in Newfoundland to Devils and says after his first... Read More
Cardiff Devils 5, Fehervar 2 Former Boston Bruins forward Masi Marjamaki became an instant hit with Cardiff Devils, scoring two goals and producing a man of the match performance against Hungarian side Fehervar AV19. Former Boston Bruins forward Marjamaki (2), Joey Haddad (2) and Sean Bentivoglio scored Devils’ goals in a feisty,... Read More
Former NHL player Hannu Rainer Järvenpää brings his Hungarian team to South Wales this weekend for back-to-back matches against Cardiff Devils. Järvenpää, a member of the Finnish ice hockey hall of fame, is head of Fehervar AV19, who play Devils at their Viola Arena rink on Saturday and Sunday. He played 114... Read More
Barry Town United, Panjab FA, . . . And The British Striker Who Followed Geoff Hurst By Scoring In A World Cup Final
Barry Town United have struck up a firm friendship with Panjab FA, a team representing areas in North East India and North West Pakistan. Panjab have played in two World Cups, while they have also faced England C, Liverpool’s under-23 team and Burton Albion. This weekend Panjab play Welsh Premier League Barry... Read More
Sam Vokes insists Wales can recover from back-to-back defeats to still qualify for the finals of Euro 2020. The nation’s hopes of making it to next summer’s finals through a top-two spot in Group E suffered a severe setback with a 1-0 defeat to Hungary in Budapest on Tuesday night.... Read More