Osian Pryce will contest the Red Kite Stages on Sunday 24 June in an Escort Mk2 – the first time the Machynlleth-born rally ace will have competed in the Vale of Neath forests since making his FIA World Rally Championship debut on Wales Rally GB in 2010. The late decision to contest the 45 stage mile event in Rheola, Resolven and Margam Park came about when Pryce discovered that the same BDA-engined Escort Mk2 that he drove on the 2WD Rally North Wales was available. The chance to contest another event in an iconic 1978 Escort was too much of a temptation, so he’ll reappear in the immaculate car run by Suffolk-based specialists RallyXtreme. On his local 2WD Rally North Wales back in March, the 25-year old driver made an impressive historic rally debut – setting equal fastest time on his first ever stage in a rear-wheel drive car and finishing fourth after a rear puncture cost him a minute and a shot of victory.
South Wales FA will go into their second match in the UEFA Regions Cup Preliminary Round mini-tournament full of confidence after their 5-0 victory over Region of Gothenburg at Jenner Park. Next up (Thursday, 7 June, 7.00pm) for the Welsh regional champions, whose opening round victory was the highest score by a Welsh team in the tournament’s history, will be a clash with the Macedonian side, Amateurs FYR, back in Barry. Star of the show in the 5-0 win was Penydarren Boys and Girls FC striker Chris Colvin-Owens, who netted twice to add to his mounting reputation. The bearded striker scored more than 50 goals for the South Wales Alliance League Premier Division side as they went through their 30 matches unbeaten to win the title by 20 clear points.
Helen Ward believes Wales have wised-up on the mean streets of international football. The Watford striker is set to earn her 71st cap against Bosnia-Herzegovina at Swansea City’s Liberty Stadium on Thursday night, where Jayne Ludlow’s side can take another big stride towards World Cup qualification. Wales currently sit second in Group One, with two further games remaining – both at home – against Russia and England.
Welsh marathon runner Andrew Davies has proved himself king of the mountains in Slovenia. The Stockport Harrier won the individual Master 35 gold at the 18th WMRA World Masters Mountain Running Championship at the weekend. Davies – who finished 11th in the marathon at the Commonwealth Games in Australia last month – won his age 35 and over category on the Ratitovec Mountain within the Julian Alps Mountain Range near Lake Bled in Slovenia.
Cory Hill has been told he has a chance to stamp his leadership on Wales this weekend when he captains the tourists against Argentina. Wales coach Warren Gatland has made Hill his skipper for the first Test versus the Pumas in San Juan on Saturday. Wales’ other co-captain for the tour – Ellis Jenkins – led Wales to victory over South Africa in Washington last week, so this will be an opportunity for Hill to show he should keep the job for the second and final Test next weekend.
Jayne Ludlow wants Wales fans to spread the fever of World Cup excitement when they face Bosnia and Herzegovina on Thursday night. The men’s tournament finals may be about to get underway in Russia in little more than a week – minus Wales – but Ludlow’s women have matters of their own in mind with crunch qualifiers for the 2019 competition. The Wales manager is hoping fans reflect her players’ own sense of anticipation when they turn out at the Liberty Stadium for a vital tie as they seek qualification from Group One.
Ten days on from Gareth Bale’s wonder goal for Real Madrid in the Champions League final and people around the world are still talking about Wales’ best known export. Rob Cole has been in America, where Mexicans, Armenians, Afghans and Bulgarians nod their heads appreciatively at the mention of Wales, smile, and say simply, . . . ‘Gareth Bale.’ The global impact of Wales' greatest sporting superstar, Gareth Bale, has never been as evident as in the days since his match-winning performance in the Champions League final. 'That goal' went viral on every social media channel and helped to swell his Twitter following to 16.8 million and his Instagram flock to 3.3 million. But outside that often tenuous 'virtual' world, he has also been the talk of the real sporting public.
It was a Super Saturday for the development of Rugby League in Wales last weekend where both new young players and new referees were discovered. At the Centre for Sporting Excellence in Ystrad Mynach, 80 youngsters aged between 14 and 16, many of whom had never played rugby league before, went to open trials for the Wales under 16 side.
Rob Howley and Neil Jenkins will aim to turn back the clock almost 20 years when Wales face Argentina on Saturday. The pair - assistants to coach Warren Gatland – were part of the last Wales team to win a series against the Pumas in South America. It was 1999 when the half-backs combined behind a formidable Welsh pack to subdue Argentina after a brutal two Tests during which both packs repeatedly came to blows.
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