Wales will weather the physical and meteorological storms predicted in their opening Rugby World Cup Pool D clash against Georgia at the City of Toyota Stadium on Monday, according to assistant coach Shaun Edwards. The build-up to the World Cup has been far from plain sailing, with three defeats in their last four tests and the off-field furore that saw attack coach Rob Howley return home from Japan for an alleged breach of rugby’s betting rules. But Edwards says that despite this, and the predictions of wind and rain for the match, they are confident of an opening victory.
Swansea City manager Steve Cooper accused referee Tony Harrington of being influenced by the Bristol City bench in his decision to send off Jake Bidwell. The Swans boss was angered by the decision to dismiss Bidwell who was given a straight red card during the late stages of Saturday’s 0-0 draw at Ashton Gate. Harrington consulted an assistant before showing a red card to the full-back for a late challenge that prevented Robins substitute Niclas Eliasson from breaking away on the right.
The World Cup may be underway, and the regions are preparing for their own campaign, but grassroots club rugby somehow has to keep its voice heard, too. Kasey Rees went to Sardis Road to hear how Pontypridd and Carmarthen Quins are doing just that in the new Indigo Welsh Premiership. With all eyes on Rugby World Cup in Japan and the Pro 14 season around the corner, how does Premiership rugby compete for attention from fans? On Saturday evening in front of hundreds of fans at Sardis Road, Pontypridd beat Carmarthen Quins in a thrilling encounter.
Neil Warnock has urged Gavin Whyte to be more streetwise if he wants to make the most of his growing impact at Cardiff City. The Bluebirds manager was full of praise for the 23-year-old Northern Irishman after the part he played in Cardiff’s 1-0 victory at home to Middlesbrough. Whyte was a constant threat to Boro as Warnock’s side made it five Championship matches unbeaten thanks to an early own goal by Ashley Fletcher.
Aaron Wainwright has been backed to counter the power of the Georgia pack when he makes his World Cup bow on Monday. After naming the 21-year-old Dragons flanker in his back row to start the tournament, for the Pool D match at the City of Toyota Stadium on Monday, coach Warren Gatland gave Wainwright a glowing report on his progress so far. “He’s incredibly athletic and an intelligent rugby player,” said Gatland about the forward who was playing student rugby for Cardiff Met just a couple of years ago.
Matt Grimes has insisted Swansea City will not allow a stumble to become a fall when they visit Bristol City tomorrow. The Swans skipper believes his side will recover quickly from their first defeat of the season – one which cost them their place at the top of the Championship table. Last week’s 1-0 reverse against Nottingham Forest at the Liberty Stadium was not a result many saw coming after the team had taken 16 points from six games, but Grimes insists it was a rare one-off and his side will prove as much at Ashton Gate, even though the home side are only two points and two places behind the Swans.
Oxford City Stars
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
Haringey Huskies 3, Cardiff Fire 5 Head coach Mark Smith and his Cardiff Fire team have two National Ice Hockey League home fixtures left in their 2018-19 season. Fire take on Haringey Huskies at the Viola Arena in Cardiff Bay this Sunday, while Invicta Mustangs from Kent travel to the same venue... Read More
Cardiff Fire are intent on taking their frustration on Oxford City Stars at the Viola Arena in Cardiff Bay this evening (6pm). Head coach Mark Smith and his Fire players suffered a 4-1 National League home defeat against Guildford Phoenix on Saturday, although that scoreline does not reflect the Cardiff performance. Now... Read More
Mark Smith, one of the most consistently effective defencemen in Cardiff Devils history, is focused on a play-offs mission. Edmonton-born Smith is Cardiff Fire’s head coach and they have launched a bold bid to finish among the top four clubs in National League South. Fire have a big weekend at the Viola... Read More
Cardiff Fire have a big weekend at the Viola Arena, playing back-to-back National League ice hockey home matches against Guildford Phoenix and Oxford City Stars. Fire are making a push for the Division Two South play-offs after their hugely competitive 4-3 win against Peterborough Phantoms away last time out. Head coach Mark... Read More
Peterborough Phantoms 3, Cardiff Fire 4 Welshman Morgan Evans struck gold for Cardiff Fire in their National Ice Hockey League match at Peterborough Phantoms. Evans scored a powerplay goal early in the final period to earn a win which keeps Fire hopes of am end-of-season play off slot burning brightly. Fire now go... Read More