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.
Wales’ first defeat for almost 18 months last Sunday was accompanied by another rare event – lock Adam Beard losing a Test match. The Six Nations champions’ four-Test World Cup warm-up schedule began with a 33-19 reversal against England at Twickenham. It was also the first time in 14 games... Read More
It's 2015 All Over Again As Gareth Anscombe Limps Out And Other Wales Stars Are Fighting For Fitness
It was Rhys Webb and Leigh Halfpenny in 2015 and now the Welsh pre-World Cup injury jink has struck again with Gareth Anscombe falling at the first hurdle at the weekend. The 2019 Grand Slam outside-half, a key figure in Warren Gatland’s offensive plans, limped out of Sunday’s 33-19 defeat to England... Read More
Wales’ day in the sun as the world’s No.1 is already over but Warren Gatland is more concerned about what today brings from his medical department. The Wales coach watched his team fail to live up their most recent billing as the top-ranked team in the world as they lost... Read More
Gareth Davies Has Shunned The Beer . . . But Still Intends To Raise A Glass If Wales Stay On Top Of The World
If Gareth Davies had accepted all the offers to buy him a pint since Twickenham and the World Cup of 2015, then he certainly wouldn’t be going to this year’s tournament. Instead of going to back to face England today, he would probably be drying out in a clinic somewhere... Read More
Warren Gatland has revealed that Taulupe Faletau was still some way behind the rest of the Wales players when he was ruled out of the World Cup. Faletau broke his collarbone in training last week and will stay at home with Bath when his international teammates head for Japan next... Read More
The dress rehearsals ahead of the World Cup are primed and Robin Davey says a Wales squad with 14 wins behind them should want to keep the habit - even if it means some chopping and changing. It’s World Cup warm-up time and though the matches may be friendlies before... Read More