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London Welsh Are On The Rise . . . Despite The Season Standing Still

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 Was The Ultimate Welsh Aintree Hero

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.

Georgia Welcomes ISL'S Backing In Choppy Waters

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.

Two Labradors And One Hat Tip To The King Of Commentary . . . Bill McLaren

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.

The Day Curt Crossed The Great Divide . . . And Got Booed By Both Cardiff And Swansea Fans

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 Want 30% Wage Cuts For Players

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.

Ospreys' Training Base Given Over As Another Field Hospital

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.

Cardiff And Swansea Players Waiting For Wage Cut Deal

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.

£400,000 Emergency Funding For Community Sport In Wales

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's Dedication Deserves Wales Golf Volunteer Of The Year Award

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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Shaun's Stunning Success In Welsh Open Snooker Final

Shaun Murphy is the 2020 ManBetX Welsh Open snooker champion after a crushing victory against Kyren Wilson in the final at Cardiff’s Motorpoint Arena. Murphy, from Northamptonshire, lifted trophy only two frames into the final session, winning 9-1 after a stunning, dominant performance. The 37-year-old former World Champion had never won the... Read More

'The Magician' Takes Stranglehold Grip On Welsh Open Snooker Final Going Into Final Session In Cardiff

Shaun Murphy, a 37-year-old snooker professional from Essex, looks on the verge of winning the ManBetX Welsh Open for the first time. Harlow-born Murphy started the final session of the final at Cardiff’s Motorpoint Arena leading 7-1 against Kyren Wilson and he needs two more frames to win the Ray Reardon... Read More

Ronnie Powers Into Welsh Open Quarter-Finals In Cardiff, While Last Player From Wales Goes Out

Ronnie O’Sullivan scored the 1,042nd century break of his career on the way to a convincing victory against Iran’s Soheil Vahedi in the ManBetX Welsh Open Snooker Championships. He scored 131 in the third frame, completing the break in just over seven minutes. This was O’Sullivan’s 100th match in the Welsh Open... Read More

Welshman Williams Just Couldn't Wait To Get His Shirt Off After Surprise Welsh Open Snooker Defeat

Welshman Mark Williams crashed out of the ManBetX Welsh Open snooker championships in Cardiff - and tore the buttons off his shirt. Williams, the former World champion from Cam, lost 4-1 against Scotland’s Anthony McGill and then insisted the damage to his shirt was not down to frustration. “I just couldn’t wait... Read More

Aussie Neil Hails 'Amazing' Welsh Open Achievement

Australian Neil Robertson described his ManBetX Welsh Open success as an 'amazing achievement’ after his 9-7 victory in the final. Robertson defeated Stuart Bingham, from Essex, in the final at Cardiff’s Motorpoint Arena to win the £70,000 prize money and lift the Ray Reardon Trophy. “It feels incredible to win,” said Robertson.... Read More

Aussie Neil Edges Ahead In Welsh Open Snooker Final

Australian Neil Robertson starts the second session of the ManBetX Welsh Open Snooker Championship final holding a 5-3 lead. Robertson has the advantage in the clash with Stuart Bingham with the winner receiving £70,000 prize money and the Ray Reardon Trophy. Both finalists are former Welsh Open and World Open champions. Bingham had... Read More
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