The Scarlets ripped Glasgow apart last week, but they also ripped the skin off their limbs in winning. Robin Davey says this latest incident involving injuries on artificial surfaces needs urgent attention. Scarlets players with gruesome friction burns deserve a better response than the disinterested shrug of the shoulders from Glasgow. No-one who plays rugby should expect to come off the field looking like they have had a nasty accident with a dodgy gas stove.
Not even the Royal Wedding, FA Cup Final, or temperatures that peaked at 20 degrees could stop the hundreds of athletes that flocked to the third edition of the Royal Welsh Trail Running Festival, hosted as part of the Spring Festival at the Royal Welsh Showground in Builth Wells. A series of six races offered something for everyone in superb conditions, culminating in the Welsh Inter-Regional Trail Half-Marathon Championships. The youngest runners in the Toddlers 50 metre dash at the start of the day were two-and-a-half, while 81-year-old Tom Harrison earned special praise for completing the half-marathon in 2 hours, 47 minutes.
Johnny McNicholl has called for rugby to ban artificial pitches as the Scarlets soothe their wounds ahead of the weekend’s Guinness Pro 14 final in Dublin. The New Zealander was one of several players left with cuts, burns and blisters following their semi-final win over Glasgow on the plastic surface at Scotstoun. The injuries follow three recent significant career-threatening injuries suffered on artificial pitches at Glasgow, Saracens and Cardiff Blues:
Nearly 80 golfers between the ages of 6-14 made the trip to Mid Wales for the third leg of the Ping Welsh Junior Tour at Lakeside Garthmyl. The Ping Welsh Junior Tour is one of the mixed gender competitions in Wales at the younger age groups, with separate girls prizes as well, shown by Ffion Richardson of West Lancashire finishing third in the Under 8s category and moving up to second in the Order of Merit.
Graham Potter has tried to dampen speculation that he is about to be named as Swansea City’s manager. The current boss of Swedish club Ostersunds is understood to be close to being named as the successor to Carlos Carvalhal at the Liberty Stadium. The Swedish media are reporting that Potter has already agreed to take the job and that an announcement is expected to confirm his appointment on Friday, along with his assistants Billy Reid and Kyle Macaulay.