For regions and clubs, the rugby season starts this weekend with plenty of pre-season friendlies. Then, the league action begins three weeks later. For the Principality Premiership, this campaign will be another of re-structure and upheaval. Geraint Powell examines the twists and turns of the semi-professional league and suggests a way to make it fit for purpose. Oh, what do we do about the WRU Premiership? This question has haunted Welsh rugby since the creation of the professional regions in 2003, with the famous Cardiff, Llanelli and – sort of, until 2017 – Newport club brands unhelpfully diluted.
Graham Wagg believes Glamorgan’s team spirit has transformed their season after they won their fourth successive Vitality Blast match on Tuesday night. The experienced all-rounder hit 53 off 28 balls – alongside Colin Ingram who struck 89 off 47 – as Glamorgan beat Essex by six runs at Sophia Gardens. The victory lifted the Welsh county to third in the southern table and puts them firmly on course for the knockout stages.
Former England international Tom May has been announced as the new backs coach at London Welsh. May, who finished his playing career with the Old Deer Park outfit in 2016, returns to the club following the departure of director of rugby Sonny Parker earlier this summer.
Thirty-two of the best club teams in Wales will travel to Neath golf club to take part in the finals of the Welsh Team Championship. President of Wales Golf, Jeff Harries said, “This championship, first played for in 1895, is eagerly anticipated by clubs across Wales each year.
Llangorse sailor Béa Sparks, aged 9, was recognised at a national awards ceremony for using the sport to help overcome a social anxiety disorder. She was a finalist for the inaugural Panerai Challenger Trophy, with a prize of £2,500 for her and £5,000 for her club near Brecon.
Welsh athlete Ieuan Thomas has spoken of his disappointment after missing out on a place in the European Championships 3,000m steeplechase final in Berlin on Tuesday morning. The Cardiff AAC man finished 10th in his heat in a time of 8:40.87, which wasn’t quick enough to give him a fastest qualifiers’ route to the final. Thomas, who has been in excellent form this season, felt he was in the “personal best shape” leading up to championships.