Jake Emmitt has been recalled to the Wales squad for Sunday's 2021 Rugby League World Cup qualifying showdown with Ireland in Wrexham. (3pm) The Toronto Wolfpack player is part of the 19-man squad named by Head Coach John Kear for the game at the Racecourse Ground.
Alun Wyn Jones admits Adam Beard hardly looks old enough to grow facial hair worthy of his name, but has backed him to help Wales shave off their long, unwanted losing streak against Australia. Beard will partner the Wales captain in the second row, a selection that even the young Ospreys player this week admitted raised his own eyebrows as well those of plenty of others. But Jones spotted beard’s talent as a fresh-faced teenager and now his teammate is a fresh-faced 22-year-old he thinks he’s ready to beat the Wallabies for a first Welsh win in 14 attempts.
Josh Murphy admits he owes a debt of gratitude to Chris Hughton, but wants to pay none of it back when Cardiff City face Brighton today. It was Hughton who gave the Bluebirds winger – an £11million summer signing and arguably the club’s most important asset in the fight to avoid Premier League relegation – his senior debut back in 2013. Hughton handed Murphy his Norwich bow as an 18-year-old when the teenager rewarded his faith with a goal in a Capital One Cup tie win at Watford.
Evan Mosey has been given the all-clear to make his Cardiff Devils this weekend. The former Nottingham Panthers player only joined on Thursday after defenceman Ben Blood's shock move to Finland.
Graham Potter admits Wilfried Bony is determined to make up for lost time after finally being given the all-clear to resume playing for Swansea City. The Ivory Coast striker has been sidelined since February after damaging knee ligaments in a Premier League defeat by Leicester.
While Wales take on Australia this weekend, the four Welsh regions take a breather for the next three weeks until the Guinness Pro 14 resumes. Geraint Powell takes the temperature of the four of them and says all need to warm up quickly when the action resumes. The first block of the Welsh regional rugby season is over. The first eight rounds of the Guinness Pro14 and two rounds in Europe have been completed and the best Welsh rugby players are now in Test camp with Warren Gatland.