If the Koreans win a medal in bobsleigh at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, then Wales will have very good reason to join in the celebrations. Until his untimely death from cancer at the age of 68, Swansea-born Gomer Lloyd had been masterminding the bobsleigh programme for the host nation of his year’s winter Games. It was a role in which he was enjoying some success and to which he was well suited. A four-time Olympian bobsleigh competitor for Great Britain, he went to a further eight Games as a coach and was involved with teams from Canada, Italy, Monaco, Russia, Great Britain as well as South Korea.
Wales U20s got off lightly in their 37-12 defeat to England U20s in Newcastle, according to home coach Steve Bates. Jason Strange’s youngsters were well beaten by five tries to two, but former Newcastle Falcons coach Bates insisted: “It was a pretty comprehensive win, but there is still more to come. “I think we probably could have created more, we could have been more dominant.
Courtney Lawes has joined England coach Eddie Jones in trying to unsettle Rhys Patchell ahead of his Twickenham test of nerve. England second row Lawes has weighed in to add to the doubts Jones expressed over Patchell in another move that appears designed to unsettle the Wales No.10. Its success or otherwise will be seen on Saturday evening but it suggests England are more fixated on the opposition than at any time during three seasons in the Six Nations under Jones.
Celtic Dragons are looking to pick up where they left off last season when they launch their 2018 Vitality Netball Super League campaign with a home clash against the Mavericks on Monday night at the Sport Wales National Centre. The Dragons ended their 2017 season on a high with a 52-47 win over Team Northumbria in Ebbw Vale in June - only their second win in 18 outings in a season that saw them finish bottom of the table. But with back-to-back home games to kick-off their 2018 campaign, defender Leila Thomas is hoping for a flying start.
Two Welsh middle distance athletes ran themselves into the record books at the National Indoor Athletics Centre in Cardiff, last weekend - Jake Heyward and Tom Marshall. European Under-20 champion Heyward smashed the 50-year-old British Junior indoor record with a spectacular run in the open 3,000 metres race which also doubled up as the Welsh championship at the Cardiff Metropolitan University Non Thomas Open Grand Prix. The existing record of 8:01.4 was set in 1968 by Scottish middle distance international Ian Stewart, who went on to win gold in the 5,000 metres at the 1969 European Championships in Athens and bronze at the 1972 Munich Olympics.
In recent years, unseasonably warm weather has seen a lack of snow on the World Rally Championship’s only snow rally – but not this year, as months of wintry weather and freezing temperatures have paved the way for a classic Rally Sweden (16-18 February) – with high snow banks and a thick layer of ice setting the scene for another thrilling encounter.