Wales’ World Cup plans have been thrown into turmoil after Rob Howley was sent home from Japan. Former Wales captain and scrum-half Howley left Wales’s training camp on Monday following an alleged breach of World Rugby’s regulation six which covers anti-corruption and betting. Howley is understood to have been betting on matches, and has been provisionally suspended from all rugby matter matters until a disciplinary hearing - essentially ruling him out from any participation in the World Cup.
He may still be only 16, but Welsh swimming sensation Matt Richards already has his eyes set on next year’s Olympic Games in Tokyo. Those same eyes are on Japan for the next few weeks, too, as the young Welsh rugby fan tells Liz Byrnes. Matt Richards gave his parents a hint of what was to come when he was only a five-year-old on a family holiday in Tenerife. Disgruntled by having to wear armbands in the pool while other, older children didn’t, he marched up to his mother and father, told them he’d had enough and threw the armbands on the chair.
Tomas Francis has revealed Wales are going to go back to basics to solve their scrum problems at the World Cup. The Exeter Chiefs tight-head prop has been part of a Wales pack that creaked and wobbled at times during their warm-up matches for the tournament. Francis was at the forefront of a much-needed improved display when Wales lost to Ireland in Dublin, but all 20 teams at the World Cup in Japan will operate under a World Rugby scrummaging law amendment that was implemented this summer.
Junior and youth sailors from all round Wales will meet in Mumbles for the British Youth Sailing Welsh Regional Championships. A year out from the Tokyo Olympics where Cardiff’s Hannah Mills will be looking to defend her gold medal, this is the event which will find and showcase the Welsh sailing superstars of the future.
Wales Golf has welcomed the announcement that the 2021 AIG Women’s British Open will be held in Royal Porthcawl, as a further boost for the game in Wales. With the focus on women’s golf following a thrilling Solheim Cup, it is an opportunity to build further on the work Wales Golf does in encouraging women and girls into the game, which has seen an increase in the numbers joining Welsh golf clubs.
Rhys Carre is the phantom cheese monster of the Wales squad who intends to give other props a right grilling at the World Cup. Phantom, because as the 21-year-old is quick to point out, the legend of his cheddar gorging crumbles a bit under the harsh spotlight of truth. Carre... Read More
Warren Gatland has rolled the dice in his World Cup selection but Robin Davey says the proof of the pudding will be in the Japanese eating and that the Wales coach has good form in the kitchen. Warren Gatland has enjoyed unprecedented success in charge of Wales, but as he... Read More
Wales new boys Rhys Carre and Owen Lane have been promised a baptism of fire when they make their international debuts against Ireland on Saturday. Carre and Lane, who played in the same Wales age-grade sides together, will feature for Wales for the first time in a side captained by... Read More
The waiting - and wanting - will be over on September 1. That’s the date Warren Gatland is due to name his Wales World Cup squad. Robin Davey says a one-time outsider is now at the centre of things, but there are at least two more hoping to move from... Read More
As Wales new boys Rhys Carre and Owen Lane get ready for first caps this summer, Peter Jackson notes the looming record Alun Wyn Jones could soon achieve as he prepares for his fourth World Cup. His first World Cup ended on the western coast of France with Wales plunged into... Read More
Cross Your Fingers For Cross Keys . . . Underneath The National Team, Welsh Rugby Looks Seriously Unwell
A week ago, Robin Davey suggested there was plenty to be alarmed about in Welsh rugby when it came to the dysfunctional Premiership. Now, the sirens have started wailing with the news that Cross Keys do not even have enough money to finish the season. And they are far from... Read More