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Swansea City Want Future Wales Matches To Replace Austria Setback

Swansea City believe “huge interest” in Wales’ cancelled game with Austria will encourage Ryan Giggs and his players to visit the Liberty Stadium in the future. Wales’ friendly with fellow Euro 2020 finalists Austria, which was due to be played in Swansea last Friday night, was cancelled because of the coronavirus pandemic. The game would have marked the return of the national team to Wales’ ‘second city’ for the first time in seven years, with Croatia the last international visitors there in March 2013.

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.

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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... Read More

Ospreys Players Gave Toby Booth Thumbs Up, Says Mike Ruddock

Mike Ruddock insists Toby Booth convinced the Ospreys players he was the man to take the region out of its desperate slump. The current Harlequins assistant coach will take in charge at the Liberty Stadium for the start of the 2020/21 season after their long search for a replacement to... Read More

The Last Man To Reach Six Nations Scoring Perfection . . . But So Rarely Trusted For No.10

As Wales gear up for their Six Nations opener on Saturday, Peter Jackson of The Rugby Paper pays tribute to the last player in the tournament to reach scoring perfection – James Hook, who will retire from rugby at the end of the season. James Hook did something a long... Read More

Ospreys Add Dwayne Peel To Brad Mooar-Inspired Hit List

The Ospreys are searching for a young, charismatic coach to take over and have added Dwayne Peel to a hit list of options. The 38-year-old former Wales scrum-half – currently coaching at Ulster – fits the age profile the region are seeking in a new talisman to revive their fortunes.... Read More

Alun Wyn Jones Tipped To Still Be There At Next World Cup . . . At 38

Alun Wyn Jones can defy logic and figure in the next World Cup, according to his new Wales forwards coach. But Jonathan Humphreys – one of the right-hand men to new Wales chief Wayne Pivac - insists Jones will also come under pressure from the next generation of Wales stars.... Read More

Bath Keen To Land Wales And Ospreys Star Aled Davies

Wales scrum-half Aled Davies could be on his was from the Ospreys to join English giants Bath. The West Country club have expressed an interest in signing the 27-year-old who is out of contract at the end of the season and has a big decision to make over his future.... Read More
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