Ryan Giggs thanked Daniel James for bringing his club form for Swansea City to the international stage after Wales began their Euro 2020 qualifying campaign with a vital win. It was James’ early goal that enabled Wales to beat Slovakia 1-0 at the Cardiff City Stadium to ensure they are among the early pace-setters in , rather than a step behind. Swansea winger James marked his first competitive international start with a fifth-minute strike as Wales got their Euro 2020 qualifying campaign off to a dream start.
Slovakian skipper Marek Hamsik still recalls the day Ben Davies stopped him from scoring the first goal for his country at the Euro 2016 finals in France - and changed the course of football history for both nations. Wales went on to win 2-1 and continued all the way to the semi-finals, while Slovakia, also at their first Euro finals, went out at the pool stages. There were only three minutes on the clock when Hamsik slalomed his way into the Welsh penalty area and shot past Wayne Hennessey for what seemed like a certain goal.
Allen Clarke has backed his Ospreys team to continue to recover from the death wish placed on them and suggested no-one outside the region will know the extent of their turmoil. Just two weeks after being crumpled like a piece of waste paper and hurled towards the bin, the Ospreys showed their resolve with a 29-20 bonus point victory over the Dragons. The win – underpinned by four tries from full-back Dan Evans – came in their first game since merger plans with the Scarlets, backed by the Welsh Rugby Union, were abandoned following the outrage that ensued.
Golden oldie Gareth Bale has vowed to help polish the new gems as Wales aim to sparkle again in the European Championships. Almost three years after being the jewel in the crown for Chris Coleman’s team at Euro 2016, Bale is still the most precious piece in the new line-up under Ryan Giggs. But as Wales prepare to take on Slovakia tonight in their opening qualifier for Euro 2020, the Real Madrid star – not yet even 30 – is the self-confessed “oldie” compared to the new crops of youngsters who will provide vital support.
It's goodnight from them - Warren Gatland and Shaun Edwards - as they prepare for their final Six Nations games with Wales. But Rob Howley and Robin McBryde are also on their way and Harri Morgan says they have been worthy members of the band. A Grand Slam on the line,... Read More
Conor Murray believes the expectation of a Grand Slam could weigh heavily on Welsh shoulders in Cardiff on Saturday. The Ireland and Lions scrum-half has compared the pressure on unbeaten Wales in the final round of the Six Nations to that he felt last season against England. Ireland clinched the... Read More
Leigh Halfpenny will not be risked against England on Saturday unless the Wales full-back is fully convinced he is ready for this first game in three months. Forwards coach Robin McBryde has confirmed that Halfpenny has returned to full contact training following the concussion problems that have sidelined him since... Read More
Robin McBryde has warned the Welsh players “not to slip into holiday mode” as they prepare for Saturday’s Round 2 Guinness Six Nations clash with Italy in Rome. The Welsh squad headed to the south of France in the wake of their 24-19 victory over the French on Friday night... Read More
Wales forwards coach Robin McBryde insists his recovering squad will be ready for the bruising challenge of France on Friday night as the Six Nations begins. McBryde has given a positive injury update and believes Warren Gatland's side will be fully prepared for a humdinger of a tournament opener in... Read More
Wayne Pivac will be the new Warren Gatland, but who will step into Rob Howley’s shoes? Robin Davey says it should be Stephen Jones and believes the Wales coaching succession plan could have gone further. Even though the Welsh Rugby Union have rightly won universal praise for their forward planning... Read More