This week, exactly 70 years ago, 13 Welshmen met up in London. They had packed some clothes and their boots in suitcases, said goodbye to their families, and now they were to sail to New Zealand to play rugby. They would be back in October. Rob Cole salutes the epic journey of the 1950 British and Irish Lions. It will take the 2021 British & Irish Lions 11 hours to fly from London to Johannesburg when they embark on their next tour to South Africa. They will stay for five weeks and play eight matches, including three Tests against the current Rugby World Cup holders.
A nine-year-old schoolgirl with cerebral palsy and epilepsy is determined to raise money for NHS charities through an epic cycle ride. Ffion Davies from Johnstown, Carmarthen is aiming to cycle further than she has ever gone before on her specially adapted bike.
Jayne Ludlow’s Wales team are going to have to wait another year if they are to appear at their first major football tournament finals. The Wales manager has guided her team to within sight of qualification for the Euro 2021 competition, but those finals have now been put back until 2022 due to the coronavirus pandemic. Strangely, the announcement did not come from governing body UEFA, but from the Danish Football Association (DBU) on Wednesday night.
Wales squash champion Geoff Perrett is the pride of Porthcawl - at the age of 70. Remarkably, Perrett lifted the national over-70s title trophy after being ruled out for more than a year because of a serious illness that required surgery. There were 12 entries in the recent Welsh men’s over-70 event and third seed Perrett lifted the trophy after three wins including a 15-9, 15-0, 13-15, 17-16 triumph against second seed Leighton Jenkins.
Cardiff Met’s Scottish hockey international Callum Mackenzie believes postponing the Olympic Games by 12 months has improved his chances of going to Tokyo. The student - who represents Cardiff and Met Hockey Club as well as Scotland and GB U21s - admits having no hockey to play for the time being has come as a bit of a shock. But with the Olympics being shelved until next summer due to the coronavirus pandemic, Mackenzie feels he has another year see if he can break into the Great Britain squad and achieve the dream of representing his nation at the Games.
Wales head coach Wayne Pivac and Welsh Rugby Union chief executive Martyn Phillips are to take 25 per cent salary reductions amid the coronavirus shutdown. The WRU said it had announced “further measures to reduce costs during the current period of inactivity in the game in Wales”. It added: “With no stadium events currently and pressure on other income streams, and following in-depth reviews of potential ‘return to rugby’ dates, a comprehensive plan for cost savings has been implemented.
David Brooks has set his sights on making a major impact for Wales at next year’s delayed Euro 2020 finals. The Wales forward might have struggled to make this summer’s tournament, originally scheduled for June, due to a serious ankle injury which has meant he has not played a game this season. But the re-scheduling of the finals means Bournemouth star Brooks, as well as injured Wales teammate Joe Allen, have 12 months to get back to their best.
Aled Davies has revealed he is preparing for the re-arranged Paralympic Games in his back garden. On the day the new dates of the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics were announced, multiple gold medallist Davies was already focussing on the re-set target. Because of the coronavirus crisis, this year's Olympics - due to take place from July 24, 2020 to August 9 this year - and the Paralympics, scheduled between 25 August 25 and September 6, have been postponed.
Clyne Golf Club have received the Wales Golf Club of the Year Award in their 100th year and as a culmination of fifteen years of development. It was fifth time lucky for the Gower club after a steady climb through what has been a tough time for all golf clubs, who became one of the first clubs in Wales to receive the R&A Women in Golf Charter – and the award comes as a bit of good news in uncertain times.
Alix Popham has sent out an emotional plea to Welsh rugby fans to tune in to the funeral of his former Newport, Dragons and Wales team mate Matthew J Watkins today. Watkins lost his brave battle to a rare form of pelvic cancer on March 7 at the age of 41. He won 18 Welsh caps and played for Newport, the Dragons, the Scarlets and Gloucester. Due to restrictions on public gatherings during the current lockdown, only close members of his family will be able to attend what would otherwise have been a massive funeral at Thornhill Crematorium in Cardiff.
Joel Bagan, the 18-year-old left-back who made his Cardiff City first team debut against Reading in the FA Cup, has joined Notts County on loan. Former Bluebirds player and Academy manager Neal Ardley is Vanarama National League County’s manager and he said: “We looked at loads of possibilities for this position. “The players... Read More
Cardiff City manager Neil Harris has told his players: “The FA Cup is finished - let’s go for Championship success.” Harris was bitterly disappointed that his team lost 4-1 on penalties against Reading in last night's FA Cup fourth round replay after the sides had finished locked at 3-3 after extra... Read More
Sky Pundit Keith Verdict On Bluebirds: 'I Hope For Their Sakes It's Just A One-Off Game Where They Struggled'
Reading 3, Cardiff City 0 The Bluebirds’ team performance at Reading was awful. Embarrassing for their fans. Their hit and hope football lacked conviction and Reading could have won by far more than three goals. Cardiff City have conceded six goals in two Championship away matches and they don’t yet look a... Read More
Marlon Pack’s first visit to Wembley Stadium came when he was a first year scholar at his home city club, Portsmouth FC, and they faced Cardiff City in the FA Cup final. Nwankwo Kanu scored the only goal for manager Harry Redknapp’s Pompey, who battled to a 1-0 win against Dave... Read More
Cardiff Devils are the best team in Britain. Now Cardiff City are intent on promotion to football’s elite group of clubs. Both teams have made astonishing recoveries from the edge of disaster. It wasn’t too long ago that Devils were ninth out of 10 teams in ice hockey’s Elite League, while the... Read More
Terry Phillips pays tribute to a close friend and loyal, lifelong Bluebirds fan. If you knew Dave Jones, and so many did, spare a thought for him before the Reading match on Sunday. The other Dave Jones would have loved it. How he would have embraced Cardiff City’s victory at Hull... Read More