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.
Cardiff Devils have signed Finnish forward Matias Sointu on a short-term contract. A minor injury to Devils captain Joey Martin has put him out temporarily and Sointu will fly into Cardiff as cover later today, although he won’t be involved in tonight’s Champions Hockey League home clash with Czech club Mountfield... Read More
Sam Duggan is back in South Wales for a second season of Cardiff Devils ice hockey. Reading-born Duggan, aged 20, is the latest player to commit for 2019-20 and head coach Andrew Lord says: “Sam was a great addition for us last season. “He was somebody we’d looked at closely for a... Read More
Great Britain face a one-game shootout against France in their bid for top tier survival at the World Ice Hockey Championships. France lost 3-0 against Finland on Sunday and now play GB in a fixture which is crucial to both teams. “It’s going to be a war,” said French goaltender Florian Hardy,... Read More
Welshman Ben Davies insists Great Britain are having positive thoughts about their bid to stay in the top tier of World Championship ice hockey. Their next match is against Denmark and former Cardiff Devils forward Davies says: “If we play like we have done so far, I know we will make... Read More
GB Joey: "Devils Were Ultimate Club For me Growing Up, But Now I Am German Citizen And Love Life There"
Welshman Joey Lewis is living the World Championship ice hockey dream with Great Britain in Slovakia. Newport-born Lewis is in the GB squad for their top flight challenge against Canada, USA, Finland, Germany and more in Kosice. The 26-year-old admitted he was 'gutted' to miss out on playing in Britain's opening match,... Read More
Todd Kelman's Emotional, Passionate Outburst Earns Standing Ovation During Cardiff Devils Awards Night
Todd Kelman, Cardiff Devils’ managing director, made an impassioned plea to ice hockey fans in Wales during the club’s awards night at the Radisson Blue Hotel. Canadian Kelman was given a standing ovation at a sold-out event after an emotional and passionate speech, saying: “We care about this club, we love this... Read More