London Welsh are back on track in their climb up the English League system after the RFU confirmed they will be promoted despite the suspension of rugby due to the coronavirus epidemic. It means Cai Griffiths’ side will move up into London North 1 next season after completing three successive promotions. The RFU had spent several weeks in trying to resolve the promotion and relegation issue before finally confirming both the Exiles and Hammersmith & Fulham will move up.
Jack Anthony is not a name that gets tossed into the conversation too often when you debate who is the greatest Welsh sportsman. ‘Jack who?’ is more often the query, but he was part of a pretty amazing family and on this weird and wonderful day, when the Grand National is being run as a ‘virtual race’ he deserves a mention. A century ago he made it a hat-trick of wins in the big race at Aintree as he guided the Irish horse Troytown to victory by 12 lengths.
By Liz Byrnes Georgia Davies – world, European and Commonwealth medallist and Energy Standard athlete – has welcomed the International Swimming League’s financial package for swimmers as good news amid the relentless darkness of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The ISL has unveiled a £9million ($11million) lifeline which guarantees all 320 swimmers from the 10 teams £1,200 ($1500) per month from September to July.
It’s 10 years since Bill McLaren died at the age of 86, a passing so significant for so many it required the memorial service that followed to be held at Murrayfield Stadium. Owen Morgan salutes the voice of rugby who provided the soundtrack to a childhood in Wales. Scrolling through Twitter the other day, in search of something to cheer my mood during these worrying times, I stumbled across a nugget of pure gold. Inspired by the boredom of having no sport to commentate on, the BBC's multi-talented maestro of the microphone Andrew Cotter decided to transform his Labradors' feeding time into a sporting event.
With both Cardiff City and Swansea City mothballed, it’s time to look back again into the archives. Former Wales international Alan Curtis is one of the few players to have represented both clubs as he tells Terry Phillips. Rhondda-born Alan Curtis played a major role for Cardiff City when they won a promotion and cup double more than 30 years ago, while he served Swansea City for over four decades. Wales international Curtis made the move from Southampton to the Bluebirds and slotted into a team that went up from the old Division Four and won the Welsh Cup.
Premier League clubs will consult with players over wage reductions and deferrals amounting to 30 per cent of salary as they grapple with the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic. The worsening of the Covid-19 outbreak has led the English professional game to acknowledge that football will not return at the start of May. No restart date has been fixed – instead it will be kept under constant review. The suspension has created financial issues for clubs throughout the football pyramid, with non-playing staff at a variety of clubs having been placed on furlough leave under the Government’s coronavirus job retention scheme.
The Ospreys’ training base at Llandarcy Academy of Sport is to be transformed into a field hospital in a bid to deal with the coronavirus pandemic. Work has already started at Llandarcy - which is part of the Neath Port Talbot College Group of Colleges - and will be completed in the next three to four weeks. The beds would be used for COVID-19 patients and other patients who need medical care, but they will be nursed in separate areas.
Players at Cardiff City and Swansea City are among all those in the Premier League and Championship awaiting the outcome of talks over wage cuts. Both Welsh clubs have announced some of their senior staff and managers are having their pay reduced as a result of the coronavirus crisis. They have also joined some other clubs in claiming they will use taxpayers’ money by taking advantage of the government’s furlough scheme.
Emergency funding of £400,000 for community sport in Wales has been announced by Welsh Government and Sport Wales today. Welsh Government has confirmed they are making £200,000 available to provide support to not-for-profit sports clubs. This is being match-funded with £200,000 from Sport Wales.
Donna Grimwood started helping out at South Pembrokeshire Golf Club to support her club captain husband, a journey which has taken her to the Wales Golf Volunteer of the Year Award. Amongst other things she initiated and drove a New2Golf scheme which saw 39 adults taking part along with 20 juniors, with many going on to become full members of the club taking part in regular competitions. Donna has even taken up golf herself for the first time, as part of the scheme she runs along with Haverfordwest PGA golf professional Sam Barton.
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There is a solid Latvian influence for ice hockey in South Wales after Cardiff Fire signed Kristians Kasjavanos for 2019-20. The teenager has committed to Fire, who play their first National League South One fixture of the season at Romford Raiders on Saturday. Kasjavanos joins Cardiff Devils’ young forward Toms Rutkiss, a... Read More
Cardiff Fire, who will play in National Ice Hockey League South One this season, have announced their first signing. Elis Sheppard returns for a fifth year with Fire, having won players player and coaches player of the season awards last time out. He joined Cardiff Fire from Slough in the club’s first... Read More
Cardiff Fire 3, Chelmsford Chieftains 10 Mark Smith’s Cardiff Fire faced in-form Chieftains at the Viola Arena - and were rocked by more than 100 minutes in penalties. Seven Fire players were given 10-minute penalties, three of them after the 60 minutes were up. Former Cardiff Devils defenceman Smith, Fire's coach, was surely... Read More
Lee Valley Lions 1, Cardiff Fire 8 Cardiff Fire take on a major ice hockey challenge at the Viola Arena in Cardiff Bay this evening. Head coach Mark Smith and his Fire players, who scored eight goals against Lee Valley Lions on Saturday, now entertain National League leaders Chelmsford Chieftains on Sunday... Read More
While Merthyr Town were earning a 3-0 Southern Football League win in Basingstoke, Cardiff Fire were left without a game in the Hampshire town. The Martyrs were victorious, while Fire quickly switched their focus to Sunday’s National League ice hockey clash with Swindon Wildcats after their trip to Basingstoke Buffalo was... Read More
Cameron Basnett, a 22-year-old defenceman, has jumped out of the Fire into the Fire. The former Guildford Fire Kings player has switched to Cardiff Fire and made his debut this weekend. Basnett impressed during the convincing 10-2 National Ice Hockey League win against Lee Valley Lions at the Viola Arena. The smooth-skating D-man... Read More