Welsh rugby fans will have no weekly free-to-air English langauge coverage of the Guinness Pro14 next season. Welsh language broadcaster S4C have announced they have agreed a new three-year deal for the tournament, but they have been stopped from providing a red button English commentary service as in past years. With BBC Wales having lost the live rights to Premier Sports and having failed to agree any deal for a Scrum V highlights programme, it means there will be no regular English language free output.
Graeme Thomas is seeking redemption at the European Rowing Championships in Glasgow next month - just two years after a virus left his dreams of a medal at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in tatters. The 29-year-old was due to race in the men's quadruple sculls but flew back from Rio without being able to train, let alone compete.
After a six-week summer break, Elfyn Evans is revved up and ready for the start of the second half of the 2018 FIA World Rally Championship at this weekend’s Rally Finland. The event is famous for its super-fast and smooth gravel roads that contain massive high-speed jumps, which send cars flying for 40 metres or more. It’s no surprise that Finland is Evans’ favourite rally outside his home Wales Rally GB, and the 29-year old M-Sport team driver from Dolgellau has done well there in the past, finishing an impressive second last year. Co-driven by Daniel Barritt, Evans will be hoping that the second half of the series will be better than a somewhat frustrating first, in which his speed in his EcoBoost-powered Ford Fiesta WRC has only truly been rewarded once, with second place in Portugal. If he can get through Friday’s opening day without a puncture or mishap, you get the feeling another very good result could be on the cards.
There will be an explosive start to the Guinness PRO14 season when the reigning European Rugby Challenge Cup champions Cardiff Blues host the Champions Cup and PRO14 winners Leinster. The Friday night shoot-out at the Arms Park on 31 August will give new Blues coach John Mulvihill the toughest of starts, but with Leinster unlikely to have their leading Irish internationals available so early in the season it might be a slightly easier task than later in the campaign.
Robert Croft has admitted there will be more dark days ahead for Glamorgan as they pursue their policy of hoping youth players learn on the job in the Specsavers County Championship. The Glamorgan coach insisted there will be no U-turn in strategy in the four-day game that has left the county suffering five defeats in their eight matches so far this season. The latest of those came on Monday at Hove as Sussex romped to an innings and 154-run victory which Glamorgan skipper Michael Hogan described as “embarrassing.”
Team Wales Commonwealth Games track cyclist Ethan Vernon warmed up for his medal assault at the UCI Junior World Championships next month by cracking a world record in qualifying. The 17-year-old Bedford schoolboy stripped more than two seconds off the 3 kilometre Individual Pursuit Junior world record with a time of 3 min, 10.121 sec at the British junior championships in Newport on Monday evening.
How good is Welsh middle distance runner Jake Heyward? Good enough to be faster at 19 than Seb Coe, Steve Ovett and Steve Cram. That’s how good. Rob Cole tracks the Welsh teenager’s latest milestone. You would have thought the tension would be running high at the Team Thie track sessions this week after Jake Heyward’s latest personal best performance, but not a bit of it. Having seen his most talented teenager overtake him in the Welsh 1500 metre rankings with a magnificent 3 min, 36.90 sec time at the IAAF Diamond League Anniversary Games in London last weekend, there was one simple question to put to coach Thie – happy or fuming?
Over 100 players will take part in this year’s Welsh Amateur Championship, to be held at the Jack Nicklaus designed Machynys Peninsula Golf Club. David Wilson, championship manager for Wales Golf, said, “We are delighted to be able to bring the Welsh Amateur Championship to Machynys.
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