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London Welsh Are On The Rise . . . Despite The Season Standing Still

London Welsh are back on track in their climb up the English League system after the RFU confirmed they will be promoted despite the suspension of rugby due to the coronavirus epidemic. It means Cai Griffiths’ side will move up into London North 1 next season after completing three successive promotions. The RFU had spent several weeks in trying to resolve the promotion and relegation issue before finally confirming both the Exiles and Hammersmith & Fulham will move up.

Jack Anthony Was The Ultimate Welsh Aintree Hero

Jack Anthony is not a name that gets tossed into the conversation too often when you debate who is the greatest Welsh sportsman. ‘Jack who?’ is more often the query, but he was part of a pretty amazing family and on this weird and wonderful day, when the Grand National is being run as a ‘virtual race’ he deserves a mention. A century ago he made it a hat-trick of wins in the big race at Aintree as he guided the Irish horse Troytown to victory by 12 lengths.

Georgia Welcomes ISL'S Backing In Choppy Waters

By Liz Byrnes Georgia Davies – world, European and Commonwealth medallist and Energy Standard athlete – has welcomed the International Swimming League’s financial package for swimmers as good news amid the relentless darkness of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The ISL has unveiled a £9million ($11million) lifeline which guarantees all 320 swimmers from the 10 teams £1,200 ($1500) per month from September to July.

Two Labradors And One Hat Tip To The King Of Commentary . . . Bill McLaren

It’s 10 years since Bill McLaren died at the age of 86, a passing so significant for so many it required the memorial service that followed to be held at Murrayfield Stadium. Owen Morgan salutes the voice of rugby who provided the soundtrack to a childhood in Wales. Scrolling through Twitter the other day, in search of something to cheer my mood during these worrying times, I stumbled across a nugget of pure gold. Inspired by the boredom of having no sport to commentate on, the BBC's multi-talented maestro of the microphone Andrew Cotter decided to transform his Labradors' feeding time into a sporting event.

The Day Curt Crossed The Great Divide . . . And Got Booed By Both Cardiff And Swansea Fans

With both Cardiff City and Swansea City mothballed, it’s time to look back again into the archives. Former Wales international Alan Curtis is one of the few players to have represented both clubs as he tells Terry Phillips. Rhondda-born Alan Curtis played a major role for Cardiff City when they won a promotion and cup double more than 30 years ago, while he served Swansea City for over four decades. Wales international Curtis made the move from Southampton to the Bluebirds and slotted into a team that went up from the old Division Four and won the Welsh Cup.

Premier League Clubs Want 30% Wage Cuts For Players

Premier League clubs will consult with players over wage reductions and deferrals amounting to 30 per cent of salary as they grapple with the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic. The worsening of the Covid-19 outbreak has led the English professional game to acknowledge that football will not return at the start of May. No restart date has been fixed – instead it will be kept under constant review. The suspension has created financial issues for clubs throughout the football pyramid, with non-playing staff at a variety of clubs having been placed on furlough leave under the Government’s coronavirus job retention scheme.

Ospreys' Training Base Given Over As Another Field Hospital

The Ospreys’ training base at Llandarcy Academy of Sport is to be transformed into a field hospital in a bid to deal with the coronavirus pandemic. Work has already started at Llandarcy - which is part of the Neath Port Talbot College Group of Colleges - and will be completed in the next three to four weeks. The beds would be used for COVID-19 patients and other patients who need medical care, but they will be nursed in separate areas.

Cardiff And Swansea Players Waiting For Wage Cut Deal

Players at Cardiff City and Swansea City are among all those in the Premier League and Championship awaiting the outcome of talks over wage cuts. Both Welsh clubs have announced some of their senior staff and managers are having their pay reduced as a result of the coronavirus crisis. They have also joined some other clubs in claiming they will use taxpayers’ money by taking advantage of the government’s furlough scheme.

£400,000 Emergency Funding For Community Sport In Wales

Emergency funding of £400,000 for community sport in Wales has been announced by Welsh Government and Sport Wales today. Welsh Government has confirmed they are making £200,000 available to provide support to not-for-profit sports clubs. This is being match-funded with £200,000 from Sport Wales.

Donna's Dedication Deserves Wales Golf Volunteer Of The Year Award

Donna Grimwood started helping out at South Pembrokeshire Golf Club to support her club captain husband, a journey which has taken her to the Wales Golf Volunteer of the Year Award. Amongst other things she initiated and drove a New2Golf scheme which saw 39 adults taking part along with 20 juniors, with many going on to become full members of the club taking part in regular competitions. Donna has even taken up golf herself for the first time, as part of the scheme she runs along with Haverfordwest PGA golf professional Sam Barton.

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The Greatest Seventh Month Rugby Tour That Began 70 Years Ago This Week

This week, exactly 70 years ago, 13 Welshmen met up in London. They had packed some clothes and their boots in suitcases, said goodbye to their families, and now they were to sail to New Zealand to play rugby. They would be back in October. Rob Cole salutes the epic... Read More

Cardiff City Put Tour Plans On Hold Due To Coronavirus

Cardiff City have put their summer pre-season tour plans for a trip to Portugal on hold because of the coronavirus outbreak. Bluebirds boss Neil Harris wanted to take his players away before the start of next season, but those ambitions have been undermined due to the spread of the virus.... Read More

Lions Eye Cardiff For Warm-Up . . . But The Memories Are Not So Special

As the Six Nations pauses, Peter Jackson looks ahead to next season – a Lions year – and the prospects, and pitfalls, of a warm-up game in Wales for the tourists which would follow the 2021 Six Nations. The Lions are considering whether to transfer their next fixture from Twickenham... Read More

Lions Tour Dates Give Welsh Players Selection Bonus Over English

Wales players could enjoy a selection advantage over their English rivals for the 2021 British and Irish Lions tour to South Africa. The Lions have today (Tuesday) announced their itinerary for the eight-match tour, which shows just a week between the scheduled final of the English Premiership on June 26... Read More

Wayne Pivac To Face All Blacks Double Date

Wales’ dates with the All Blacks next summer have been confirmed with Wayne Pivac set to face his countrymen on July 4 and 11. The fixtures have been confirmed by New Zealand, who will host the first Test in Auckland and the second in Wellington. It will be a return... Read More

Neil Warnock Insists USA Tour Will Enable Cardiff To Tune Up For Championship

Neil Warnock insists Cardiff City are making the right pre-season plans this summer after announcing a tour of North America. The Bluebirds – who are preparing for life back in the Championship after relegation from the Premier League – will play two games in the United States and one in... Read More
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