Wales’ men’s and women’s water polo teams are appealing for funds to boost their medal bid at the Commonwealth Championships. The squads have launched a GoFundMe page ahead of the Championships in Malta in September.
Wales are on tour in the Americas, both of them. As the North America leg looms with Saturday’s game against South Africa, Geraint Powell argues that money talks in modern rugby, but the international game always has the loudest and most urgent voice. It is hard to think of a Test match that more encapsulates the commercial reality of modern professional Test rugby that Saturday’s out-of-window Wales match against South Africa. For a start, this game against the Springboks is at the former home of the Washington Redskins NFL franchise, en route to Wales’ two Test Argentina tour.
Welsh Commonwealth Games athlete Ben Gregory produced a superb all-round performance to win the men's senior decathlon title at the England Combined Events Championship at Bedford. The Birchfield Harrier recorded five season's best marks over the course of the two-day decathlon and bettered the points total which saw him finish seventh on the Gold Coast earlier this year
Former Wales U20 captain Steff Hughes is backing the current team to defy the odds at the World Rugby Under 20 Championship. Wales start their campaign against Australia on Wednesday – with live coverage from France on S4C at 7.45pm – but they are also in the same group as New Zealand. Japan make up the quartet. Scarlets centre Hughes, who led the youngsters in 2013, believes it will be a tough assignment, but believes Geraint Lewis’s side can spring an upset.
The 2018 OVO Energy Tour of Britain will begin in South Wales for the first time as Carmarthenshire and Newport host the opening stage of Britain’s national Tour on Sunday 2 September. It will mark the first time that the race has visited Carmarthenshire with the county set to welcome 120 of the world’s top professional cyclists next September for the start of Britain’s biggest professional cycle race.
Wales have named the side to face Australia in their opening World Rugby U20 Championship game in Béziers on Wednesday. (8pm). Cai Evans (Ospreys) starts at fullback, with Rio Dyer (Dragons) and Ryan Conbeer (Scarlets) on the wings. An all-Scarlet midfield features Ioan Nicholas at 12 and Corey Baldwin at 13, alongside a Cardiff Blues combination of fly-half Ben Jones and scrum-half Dane Blacker.
With the eyes of the sailing world turning towards Cardiff, the national governing body for boating in Wales is setting up a new charity to ensure people of all ages and backgrounds get more opportunities to make waves. The Volvo Ocean Race, just about to start a two-week stopover in Cardiff as the boats race across the Atlantic from Newport, Rhode Island in the US, represents the top end of sailing.
There was a changing of the guard in the Welsh Ladies Amateur championships, with a teenage takeover of the title at Radyr golf club in Cardiff.Lea-Anne Bramwell, aged 17 from Abergele, lifted the trophy after beating 15-year-old Fffion Tynan, from Llanharry, in the final, after recent years of more experienced players claiming one of the top titles in Welsh Ladies golf.