Geraint Thomas admits he is a bit fatter and wife, Sara, is getting fed-up of him being around as he savoured his Tour de France victory that confirmed his place in Welsh sporting history. Now he is relishing getting back on his bike in anger and beginning the long training rides as he prepares to defend the Yellow Jersey next July.
Warren Gatland will get the chance to run the rule over two of next year’s World Cup opponents this week with Uruguay playing against Cardiff Blues tonight and the Wallabies coming to the Principality Stadium on Saturday night. The Uruguayans conceded 10 tries on their first visit to the Welsh capital when they crashed to a 66-22 defeat to Wales A at the Millennium Stadium on 24 November, 2001.
Rugby Australia boss Raelene Castle has certainly heaped the pressure on Wallaby coach Michael Cheika by suggesting his side’s ‘pass mark’ for this month will be a clean-sweep of their three games in Europe. Having been beaten for the ninth time in their past 12 games by the mighty All Blacks in Yokohama two weekends ago the Aussies landed in London on Saturday night shortly after Wales had polished off Scotland at the Principality Stadium.
Charity fundraisers smashed the £3million barrier at the 2018 Cardiff University/Cardiff Half Marathon. Wales’ largest mass-participation event welcomed almost 20,000 runners and 60,000 spectators to the capital city on Sunday 7 October.
Ospreys full-back Lauren Smyth will make her debut when Wales Women get their three-Test autumn series campaign underway against South Africa on Saturday in Cardiff. (Cardiff Arms Park, 11.30am). Head coach Rowland Phillips' side will also face Hong Kong next Friday (16 November) and Canada on Saturday 24 November in the biggest autumn series for the women ever.
Penarth Hockey Club 1st XI admit that they have homework to do after succumbing to a fourth Verde Recreo Premiership defeat at Cardiff University, but there were better results for the club’s other sides on a packed weekend. Cardiff University 5-3 PENARTH Frustrated by their loss to Cheltenham the previous weekend, the 1st XI travelled across the capital to face Cardiff University on match day five of the 2018-19 Verde Recreo Premiership campaign.
Tom Llewellin ended his first Swift Sport Championship season in fine style at the weekend, by taking victory in the final round of the series at Silverstone in his flying Peter Gwynne Motorsport Suzuki. Victory saw the talented 17-year old driver from Haverfordwest, who won the MSA Junior Rallycross Championship title last year, finish runner-up in the highly competitive one-make series. Race day at Silverstone started with an excellent third place finish in the opening heat – a truly great result as Llewellin had to battle through from the back row of the grid. He followed that up with second place in heat two, but things didn’t go as planned in heat three, when a clash with another competitor saw his Suzuki sustain steering damage – but luckily he’d already done enough to qualify for the semi-final.
It’s claimed in some quarters than rugby is going soft. No-one seems to have told Owen Farrell, though. Harri Morgan looks at the England man Wales will run into again in the Six Nations and whether Eddie Jones can continue to risk the mentality he brings to the red rose. It's about time I admitted it. I can't consume two games of rugby simultaneously - yet. I will persist. The opening Saturday of the autumn internationals was enjoyed with Wales v Scotland on the big box. The year's fourth instalment of England v South Africa, consigned to the tablet.
West Wales motorsport team Spencer Sport has finished second in the Toyo Tires MSA British Rallycross Championship at its first attempt. Against strong opposition from several well-established and vastly experienced rallycross teams, the squad – which is based in the village of Penrhiwllan, just outside Llandysul – has vowed to return next year, with its sights firmly set on winning the title. Its star driver, five-time champion Julian Godfrey, was one of three drivers still in contention for the title as he entered the final round of the series at Silverstone on Sunday.
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