Wales are playing Australia on Saturday, on the eve of Remembrance Sunday, with added significance this year of the 100th anniversary of the ending of the First World War. Rob Cole reveals the link between Welsh rugby and the origins of the commemorations. When you stand for the two minute silence to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the ending of ‘the war to end all wars’, World War 1, at 11.00am on Armistice Day on Sunday, bear in mind that there is a strong Welsh rugby link to the tribute to the fallen heroes of so many global conflicts. The idea for the silent vigil was suggested to King George V by universally acclaimed South African writer, Sir Percy Fitzpatrick.
Geraint Thomas admits he is a bit fatter and wife, Sara, is getting fed-up of him being around as he savoured his Tour de France victory that confirmed his place in Welsh sporting history. Now he is relishing getting back on his bike in anger and beginning the long training rides as he prepares to defend the Yellow Jersey next July.
Warren Gatland will get the chance to run the rule over two of next year’s World Cup opponents this week with Uruguay playing against Cardiff Blues tonight and the Wallabies coming to the Principality Stadium on Saturday night. The Uruguayans conceded 10 tries on their first visit to the Welsh capital when they crashed to a 66-22 defeat to Wales A at the Millennium Stadium on 24 November, 2001.
Rugby Australia boss Raelene Castle has certainly heaped the pressure on Wallaby coach Michael Cheika by suggesting his side’s ‘pass mark’ for this month will be a clean-sweep of their three games in Europe. Having been beaten for the ninth time in their past 12 games by the mighty All Blacks in Yokohama two weekends ago the Aussies landed in London on Saturday night shortly after Wales had polished off Scotland at the Principality Stadium.
Charity fundraisers smashed the £3million barrier at the 2018 Cardiff University/Cardiff Half Marathon. Wales’ largest mass-participation event welcomed almost 20,000 runners and 60,000 spectators to the capital city on Sunday 7 October.
Ospreys full-back Lauren Smyth will make her debut when Wales Women get their three-Test autumn series campaign underway against South Africa on Saturday in Cardiff. (Cardiff Arms Park, 11.30am). Head coach Rowland Phillips' side will also face Hong Kong next Friday (16 November) and Canada on Saturday 24 November in the biggest autumn series for the women ever.
Holders Cardiff Devils will play Guildford Flames in the Challenge Cup quarter-finals. The quarter-final draw was broadcast live from today’s Elite... Read More