The Welsh Men’s Hockey team head to Croatia this weekend, but it won’t be for a holiday or to hit the beaches. They face Austria, Switzerland, Croatia, and Slovakia in the Open Series as they build-up to next year’s top-tier European Championships contiues post-Commonwealth Games.
Natalie Powell has been named in Britain’s team for the World Judo Championships in Azerbaijan in September. The Irfon judoka is one of seven named in the initial selection for the championships in Baku.
While the WRU are urging players to come home to Wales to maintain their international careers, the same policy is not being followed when it comes to coaches. Robin Davey, in his latest column for Dai Sport, questions why home-grown coaching talent is being frozen out. The Welsh Rugby Union and the Wales management are doing everything they can to encourage exiled players like George North to return to Wales, yet they appear to be scouring the earth for the next national coach.
More than 150 top level senior players will tee it up in the Welsh Open Seniors Championship at Pennard this month, a record for the event. Last year’s winner Ian Crowther returns to defend the title he won at Maesdu and is joined by Newport’s Andrew Williams along with USA based Michael Mercier, winners in 2016 and 2015 respectively.
Having dipped her toe in the murky waters of open water swimming for the first time last year, Welsh swimming’s golden girl Jazz Carlin will get her first big test in her new discipline when she competes at the European Championships in Scotland.
Commonwealth Games duo and Swansea Harriers team-mates Josh Griffiths and Caryl Jones will spearhead the Welsh challenge at this weekend’s JCP Swansea Half Marathon. Griffiths shot to fame at the 2017 London Marathon when he shocked the athletics world by outrunning the best of Britain’s distance runners in his first outing over the 26.2m distance.
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