Lauren Williams bowed out in the quarter-finals of the inaugural World Taekwondo Grand Slam Series in China. Wales’ European champion was narrowly beaten 11-10 by China’s Yunfei Guo in Wuxi.
Steve Tandy is expecting a regional derby thriller when Cardiff Blues arrive at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday. The Swansea-based region got over their defeat to West Wales rivals Scarlets with a convincing 22-9 triumph at the Dragons on New Year's Eve and head coach Tandy believes the recovery will grow against their city rivals.
Swansea City's American owners have announced plans to increase their shareholding in the Premier League club have been shelved. A consortium led by businessmen Steve Kaplan and Jason Levien purchased a 68 percent majority shareholding in 2016. They had planned to increase their stake by purchasing shares from the Swansea City Supporters Trust -- who own 21.1 percent of the club -- but those talks have now been put on hold amid the Swans' relegation battle.
Central midfielder Sam Clucas was among the first of the Swans’ players to hail the impact of new manager Carlos Carvalhal since his arrival little over a week ago. And a revelation made by the Portuguese man during his weekly media duties suggests a mutual respect and admiration for each other, long before the manager left the South Yorkshire club on Christmas Eve and was appointed at the Liberty just four days later.
Bernard Jackman has vowed his Dragons will never again be as desperately poor as they were in defeat to the Scarlets on Friday night. Jackman saw his low quality side thumped 47-13 by the Guinness Pro14 champions in a match that only illustrated the gulf in standards between Wales’s leading region and their worst. The Scarlets scored seven tries, could easily have reached double figures, and left the field mildly irritated with themselves for conceding one late score to a team that barely deserved even that meagre reward.