Wales’ World Cup plans have been thrown into turmoil after Rob Howley was sent home from Japan. Former Wales captain and scrum-half Howley left Wales’s training camp on Monday following an alleged breach of World Rugby’s regulation six which covers anti-corruption and betting. Howley is understood to have been betting on matches, and has been provisionally suspended from all rugby matter matters until a disciplinary hearing - essentially ruling him out from any participation in the World Cup.
He may still be only 16, but Welsh swimming sensation Matt Richards already has his eyes set on next year’s Olympic Games in Tokyo. Those same eyes are on Japan for the next few weeks, too, as the young Welsh rugby fan tells Liz Byrnes. Matt Richards gave his parents a hint of what was to come when he was only a five-year-old on a family holiday in Tenerife. Disgruntled by having to wear armbands in the pool while other, older children didn’t, he marched up to his mother and father, told them he’d had enough and threw the armbands on the chair.
Tomas Francis has revealed Wales are going to go back to basics to solve their scrum problems at the World Cup. The Exeter Chiefs tight-head prop has been part of a Wales pack that creaked and wobbled at times during their warm-up matches for the tournament. Francis was at the forefront of a much-needed improved display when Wales lost to Ireland in Dublin, but all 20 teams at the World Cup in Japan will operate under a World Rugby scrummaging law amendment that was implemented this summer.
Junior and youth sailors from all round Wales will meet in Mumbles for the British Youth Sailing Welsh Regional Championships. A year out from the Tokyo Olympics where Cardiff’s Hannah Mills will be looking to defend her gold medal, this is the event which will find and showcase the Welsh sailing superstars of the future.
Wales Golf has welcomed the announcement that the 2021 AIG Women’s British Open will be held in Royal Porthcawl, as a further boost for the game in Wales. With the focus on women’s golf following a thrilling Solheim Cup, it is an opportunity to build further on the work Wales Golf does in encouraging women and girls into the game, which has seen an increase in the numbers joining Welsh golf clubs.
Merthyr Town face dangerous FA Cup opponents when they travel to play Plymouth Argyle in Devon on Saturday. Parkway, intent on earning promotion to Southern League status this season, suffered their first Western League defeat in eight months in their last fixture. They lost 2-0 at Bridgwater Town and Parkway manager Lee... Read More
Merthyr Town 3, Swindon Supermarine 1 Merthyr Town celebrated one of their own on Bank Holiday Monday - and marked the occasion with victory at their MetCoaches Stadium home. Lee Lucas (18 mins) and Ian Traylor (65 and 85) scored for the Martyrs on a day when the club paid tribute to... Read More
Farnborough FC 1, Merthyr Town o Merthyr Town will pay tribute to former manager Lyn Jones before their BetVictor Southern Premier home clash with Swindon Supermarine on Bank Holiday Monday (3pm). Jones was manager of a golden generation for Merthyr Tydfil. It was under his management that Merthyr won their first Welsh... Read More
Merthyr Town have signed two former Cardiff City players in their quest for promotion from the EvoStik Southern League Premier. Lively winger Jamie Bird and goalkeeper Cameron Clarke are the latest new boys who have committed to the Martyrs for 2019-20. Manager Gavin Williams has strengthened his squad with five new signings... Read More
Merthyr Town start the new year with a home fixture against Southern League leaders Taunton Town at the MetCoaches Stadium (3pm). Manager Gavin Williams and his Martyrs are intent on opening 2019 in style and giving Taunton a torrid time. The Peacocks maintained their seven points lead at the top of the... Read More
Merthyr Town go head-to-head with one of their former players when they travel to take on Swindon Supermarine on Saturday. Welsh striker Stuart Fleetwood, who started his professional playing days in Cardiff City’s Academy, admits he is excited about the EvoStik Southern League clash. “I can’t wait to play against Merthyr, I... Read More