Wales centre Jonathan Davies insists it was the right call to bring in Stephen Jones to replace Rob Howley at the World Cup. Assistant coach Howley is now back home following an alleged breach of World Rugby’s betting and anti-corruption regulations, and he faces a detailed investigation. With Howley gone from the camp, 104-times capped former Wales fly-half Jones will link up with the squad as attack coach in Toyota City on Thursday.
The Welsh Rugby Union knew a week ago they had a problem with alleged betting from inside the Wales camp. As the shock waves from the departure of Rob Howley was extending throughout the World Cup in Japan - which begins on Friday - his employers have tried to give an explanation of why the events moved from home to the eve of the tournament itself on the other side of the world. The governing body have revealed they were first made aware of the Wales backs coach's suspected breach of World Rugby’s betting regulations last Wednesday following contact from one of the gambling industry’s integrity teams.
Seb Morris hopes to stay with the JRM team in the British GT Championship next season, after finishing seventh in the drivers’ standings after an encouraging first year in the team’s Bentley Continental GT3. “JRM put together a brand new team for this year and they’ve done a superb job, I’m looking forward to hopefully being back with them next year – if they want me,” said Morris. It’s not been the easiest of seasons for the Wrexham-born driver, who endured more misfortune during the final British GT round at Donington Park last weekend. Running 60kg of ballast and less turbo boost, the unfavourable Balance of Performance (BOP) restrains ensured that the JRM Bentley of Morris and team-mate Rick Parfitt Jnr was the slowest GT3 car through the speed traps and consistently slower down on the competition along the straights.
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.
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