Ryan Giggs is determined to promote young talent in his new role as Wales manager after playing his part in the rise of Marcus Rashford. Giggs was assistant manager at Manchester United when Rashford was handed his debut as an 18-year-old in a 2016 Europa League tie against Danish club Midtjylland. Rashford scored twice after replacing Anthony Martial, who had been injured in the warm-up, and has gone on to star for United and England — and Giggs insists he is keen to give youngsters opportunities on his Wales watch.
Non Stanford has urged Welsh sports fans to get behind Team Wales’ bid for success as the countdown begins to the Commonwealth Games. The former world triathlon champion is already out in Australia as she prepares for her event which is on the opening day of the Games on April 5. But the majority of Welsh competitors are yet to make their way to the Gold Coast for events that run between the opening ceremony on April 4 and April 14.
Cardiff Blues have confirmed that John Mulvihill has been appointed to take over from Danny Wilson as head coach. It brings to an end a long and winding route for the region who believed they had both Geordan Murphy and Jim Mallinder lined up, only for those appointments to fall through. Following Wilson's decision to move on at the end of the season, the search for a successor was undertaken in conjunction with the Welsh Rugby Union.
Bowls is very much a family affair for Anwen Butten, who will be heading to her fifth successive Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast. The 45-year-old made her Team Wales debut in Manchester in 2002, when she picked up the first of her two medals to date in partnership with Joanna Weale, and is showing no signs of weakening in her resolve to claim a gold before she retires. Her second medal came in Delhi in 2010, when she struck bronze once again in the women’s pairs in tandem with Hannah Smith. Eight years on, she travels with arguably the most talented Welsh women’s bowls team of all-time in pursuit of gold and glory.
With the country blanketed in snow on March 3, Tuesday and Wednesday evening sees the postponed Welsh Rugby Union National Cup quarter-finals take place. The tie of the round on Tuesday sees two of the founder clubs of the WRU in action - Championship holders and current leaders Pontypool visiting Premiership holders and current leaders Merthyr at The Wern. Pooler are unbeaten this season, including knocking out current second-placed Premiership club Carmarthen Quins 23-8 in the last round, and will no doubt relish their underdogs tag after normally starting every league match as favourites due to the controversial ring-fencing of the Premiership.
The Scarlets have confirmed that South African international No.8 Uzair Cassiem has signed to play for the region next season. The 28-year-old, who has won eight caps for the Springboks, will join from the Cheetahs after the conclusion of the current Guinness Pro14 campaign. Cassiem, who can play across the back row, becomes the second non-Welsh qualified player to sign for the Scarlets this month following the lead of New Zealander Blade Thomson.
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