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Richard Parks' Ultimate Three-Stage Survival Plan For The Idle Isolated

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.

Scarlets Line Up 500 Beds . . . And Plan 1,500 Meals A Day For Virus Victims

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 Times, They May be Drastic . . . But Neath Are Going Plastic

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.

It's Tupperware Time . . . Sam L'Homme Is The Man To Avoid In The DAIsolate Cup

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.

Terrifying Trebanog Prove DAIsolate Cup Real Deal As They Crush Carn . . . Can Anyone Stop Them?

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.

Trophy-Less Champions Cardiff RFC Call For Big Welsh Rugby Shake-Up To Protect Premiership

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.

The Day Shane Williams Ghosted In At The Death . . . And Proved He Was Paranormal

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.

Leah In Limbo . . . But Wales Captain Wilkinson Plans To Realise Olympic Dream

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.

Natasha Cockram Moved Job, Home, Horse And Dog For The Olympics . . . But She Intends To Be In Tokyo In 2021

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.

Brian Flynn And The Day He Came Close To Being Wales' Less Than Towering 5ft 4in Centre-Half

As the great sporting hibernation goes on, Dai Sport is again forced to raid its horded supplies from the past. This time, Tom Jenkins looks at the Wales national football team who just happen to celebrate their 144th birthday this week. One man who spans a fair chunk of that history is former Wales midfielder and manager Brian Flynn. Brian Flynn was almost an international record-breaker before scoring arguably the greatest-ever Wales goal on his first full appearance. On the 144th anniversary of Wales’ first fixture – a 4-0 defeat to Scotland in Glasgow on March 25, 1876 – Flynn’s finish against the ‘Tartan Army’ in the 1975 British Home Championship stands tall in the Welsh pantheon of great goals.

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Wales. Injuries. Regions. In That Order . . . Why 20 Tests A Year Is Wrecking Welsh Hopes In Europe

As the Welsh regions prepare for the second round of European competition, the true toll of supporting the national cause is becoming clear. Peter Jackson argues that Wales’ Test match schedule – which included a massive 20 Tests in the past year - undermines any hope of the regions being... Read More

Faletau And Anscombe Are Only The Start Of The World Cup Sick List, Warns Lions Star

Wales pair Taulupe Faletau and Gareth Anscombe have been sent a message of sympathy from Ireland’s Peter O’Mahony – but the Lions star warned: There’s more injury misery to come. Anscombe has followed Faletau in being ruled out of the World Cup, the fly-half suffering a knee injury at Twickenham... Read More

Jazz Richards Close To Cardiff Comeback And Predicts A Great Escape

Jazz Richards has refused to write off his own season and insists he can still return to help Cardiff City stay in the Premier League. The Wales defender has not played since last October after constant hamstring injuries. But despite admitting he rushed back to full training too soon earlier... Read More

The 18 Injured Players That Weaken Wales, The Six Nations . . . And The Game Itself

With Wales due to name their squad for the Six Nations next week, Robin Davey puts on his paramedic’s outfit and examines who’s game and who’s lame as the regions go back into European competition this weekend. The regions head back into Europe with little hope of real success after... Read More

Wales Finally Have The Deputies For When The Sheriffs Fall

The injury to Ellis Jenkins was the only dark cloud to darken a golden autumn for Wales. But Robin Davey believes depth in key positions now makes Wales far less vulnerable to forced changes than in the recent past. The serious injury suffered by Wales and Cardiff Blues back rower... Read More

Six Nations Sick List Underlines Rugby's Untouched Crisis

The head count has begun for Wales coach Warren Gatland who must survey the battlefield after four months of the rugby season and decide who is still standing and therefore available for the Six Nations. Not many is the short answer, says Robin Davey, who argues the lawmakers are still... Read More
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