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.
Martyrs' Visitors Weston-super-Mare Shared Football Record With Celtic, Internazionale, Ajax and Barcelona
Weston-super-Mare’s proud record of never being demoted ended last season and they are intent on bouncing back quickly. The Seagulls, who play Merthyr Town away at the MetCoaches Stadium tomorrow, crashed out of National League South, finishing bottom, and ended a proud run which had lasted more than a century. They had... Read More
Merthyr Town 1, Walton Casuals 2 There were wild celebrations at Merthyr Town after the final EvoStik Southern League match of the season. More than 350 spectators watched the Martyrs slip up at their MetCoaches Community Stadium home - and that sent Casuals players, management and fans into raptures. The Surrey club won... Read More
Title-chasing Weymouth are planning a six-point EvoStik Southern League raid on Merthyr Town. The Premier Division rivals clash twice in quick succession and the first of those fixtures is at Merthyr’s MetCoaches Stadium this evening (Tuesday, 7.45). Weymouth’s record against the Martyrs is exceptional over the past 20 years, having lost just... Read More
Martyrs manager Gavin Williams has a decision to make before their EvoStik Southern League home fixture against Kings Langley at the MetCoaches Stadium on Saturday (3pm). Goalkeeper Josh Gould, signed on loan from Swansea City, made his debut in a 3-0 Premier Division defeat at Hendon, while Joe Perry is available... Read More
Merthyr Town powered to a sensational 5-1 home win against Tiverton Town despite having goalkeeper Joe Perry sent off inside the first 10 minutes, having been penalised for deliberate handball outside the penalty area. The score was 0-0 at the time and Merthyr did not have a back-up goalie with Joe... Read More
Qualified maths teacher Tom Meechan got his sums right for Merthyr Town when he netted four goals in a 6-2 win against Staines Town. The former University of Birmingham sports and exercise science student has played football for Newport County, Hungerford Town, St Ives Town and St Neots Town, while he... Read More