Mike Ruddock insists Toby Booth convinced the Ospreys players he was the man to take the region out of its desperate slump. The current Harlequins assistant coach will take in charge at the Liberty Stadium for the start of the 2020/21 season after their long search for a replacement to sacked Allen Clarke came to an end. Ruddock – hired as performance director earlier this season – has revealed that senior Ospreys players were involved in the assessment process and gave their thumbs-up that Booth was the man for the job.
Neil Harris admitted Cardiff City’s play-off hopes have taken a nose-dive after a defeat to Nottingham Forest which ended with Callum Paterson and Leandro Bacuna literally at each other’s throats. The Bluebirds boss insisted there were no serious issues between the pair who clashed at the end of the 1-0 defeat and had to be pulled apart by teammates. Tiago Silva scored the only goal of the game as Harris’ side suffered his first Championship defeat at home since he took over from Neil Warnock in mid-November. The result leaves the Bluebirds six point
The Celtic Dragons began their Vitality Netball Superleague campaign with an agonizing, but encouraging 44-43 defeat to Surrey Storm at the weekend. But despite a huge turnaround in players, former Dragon Suzy Drane tells Graham Thomas she feels optimistic about this season. The Celtic Dragons can overcome the loss of key players and prove themselves a surprise package in netball’s Superleague this season – according to the woman who was once their heartbeat. Suzy Drane – a key player for the Dragons for over a decade and a Wales legend who reached the 100-cap mark last season – believes the team’s youngsters can rise to the challenge created by major change at the club over the past few months.
Hal Robson-Kanu has paid thanks to Slaven Bilic for making him a recall option for Wales again at this year’s Euro 2020 finals. The 30-year-old striker has become the central figure in West Brom’s revitalised promotion surge and underlined his influence for the Championship leaders with two goals in their 3-0 victory at Bristol City at the weekend. The Baggies are now nine points clear of third-placed Fulham after going seven matches without a win at the turn of the year.
Neil Harris has told his Cardiff City players to show they are “serious” about promotion as they begin life without Lee Tomlin on Tuesday night. The Bluebirds manager is demanding a reaction from his side who were beaten 2-0 at Stoke City last weekend, a result which stalled their play-off surge and allowed Swansea City to climb back above them in the Championship. With 12 matches of the season left, Cardiff are six points adrift of the play-off places, giving the visit of fifth-placed Forest a critical feel in the eyes of Harris.
Jeremiah Azu was involved in a dramatic 60m final at the England Athletics age group championships in Sheffield at the weekend. The Cardiff teenager got off to a relatively slow start, but soon got into his stride to challenge Liverpool’s Henry Nwoke for the title with a late dip for the line in a desperately close finish. The commentators initially called Azu as the winner, but it soon became evident no-one could be certain whether the Welshman had retained his title or if Nwoke had just held on to earn the crown.
Welsh Youth Cup
Welsh Youth Cup semi-final Swansea City 1, Cardiff City 0 Oli Cooper, the teenage son of former Cardiff City, Wimbledon and Wolves player and coach Kevin, sent the Bluebirds crashing out of the FAW Youth Cup at Llanelli’s Stebonheath Park stadium. Cooper, aged 19, struck just before half-time in in fiercely contested semi-final, earning... Read More
The Swans and the Bluebirds clash in a Welsh Youth Cup semi-final at Llanelli’s Stebonheath Park stadium on Wednesday evening (March 6, 7.30pm). Swansea City are looking to win the trophy for a 10th successive season, having beaten Cardiff City on penalties in the final at Liberty Stadium last season. Swansea’s 18-year-old... Read More
Cardiff City’s under-18 team, leaders of their Professional Development League division, suffered a 2-1 defeat against Ipswich Town in Suffolk. Captain Sam Bowen fired the young Bluebirds in front at Playford Road, but Ipswich hit back to win thanks to goals from Lounes Foudil and Zak Brown. It was an eventful day... Read More
Cardiff City earned a second successive Professional Development Under-23 League win, beating Queens Park Rangers 3-0 at home. Sion Spence, Danny Williams and Dan Griffiths scored at the Cardiff International Sports Campus. The young Bluebirds had defeated Millwall 1-0 away in their previous fixture with Lloyd Humphries scoring the only goal. City bid... Read More
Professional Development League under-18 Under-18: Crystal Palace 0, Cardiff City 4 Cardiff City’s young guns went to the Palace and had a ball. The young Bluebirds scored four goals during 20 first half minutes and effectively put the game out of the home teams reach. Sion Spence (16 mins), Sam Bowen (24), Kieron Evans... Read More
Cardiff City are intent on taking a step towards winning the Professional Development League Under-18 South title when they entertain Bristol City in a Severnside derby on Saturday. The young Bluebirds take on the Robins at Cardiff International Sports Campus, Leckwith (February 9, 11am). Cardiff are three points clear at the top... Read More