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Two Bad Sessions Have Cost Us . . . But We Could Have Won Four Games, Insists Glamorgan's Matthew Maynard

Matthew Maynard insists Glamorgan are still reaping the rewards of a positive approach to their County Championship campaign despite their latest defeat. The Welsh county lost by 58 runs to Durham in a match they looked well placed to win at the start of the final day. Instead, they were bowled out for just 137 with England Test hopeful Matty Potts taking 7-40, to leave Glamorgan in third place in Division Two with two wins, two defeats and two draws from their opening six matches.

To Kieffer Or Not To Kieffer . . . A Few Moore Sleepless Nights Ahead For Wales Boss Rob Page

It’s coming. D-day for Wales in their bid to make the World Cup finals. But few things are certain about this fixture, including the eventual full starting team that manager Robert Page will plump for. Daniel Parker reckons nine are nailed on, but two more will keep us guessing . . . and arguing. Sunday 5th June – it’s getting a bit close for comfort now, isn’t it? We’re less than three weeks away from Wales men’s golden opportunity to end 64 years of hurt by qualifying for a World Cup, and there remain a host of Rusmfeldian “known unknowns” in play.

Sophie Ingle Set For More Records With Wales After Chelsea's Double Delight

Sophie Ingle will celebrate her Double triumph with Chelsea by trying to break the attendance record for a Wales women’s international later this year. The Wales captain helped her club lift the Women’s FA Cup at the weekend when they overcame Manchester City 3-2 at Wembley after extra time. It followed the club’s historic third successive Women’s Super League title clinched last weekend, a Double accomplishment of which Ingle has been a key part.

Aled Davies Hailed For "Brave Move" In Decision To End His Wales Career

Box Office Wrexham Won't Be Dumped By Owners, Insists Boss Phil Parkinson

Wrexham boss Phil Parkinson insists even if his club fail to get a Hollywood ending to their promotion push, they will not be left on the cutting room floor. Parkinson has got used to cameras everywhere he goes as the manager working for A-listers and joint owners, Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney. The perfect script would be for Wrexham to win the National League title and return to the EFL after 14 years away by winning at Dagenham and Redbridge on the final day of the regular campaign.

Steve Cooper Aims For Third Time Lucky After Double Play-Off Heartbreak With Swansea City

Steve Cooper insists he and his Nottingham Forest side will not be burdened by the weight of history as they prepare to face Sheffield United in the first leg of their Sky Bet Championship play-off semi-final at Bramall Lane on Saturday. The Welshman will lead a club that has not featured in the Premier League this century, an absence keenly felt in a city steeped in the traditions of Brian Clough and his all-conquering sides that swept to back-to-back European Cup wins in 1979 and 1980. Expectations have been raised again by the club’s extraordinary rise since former Swansea City boss Cooper’s arrival at the City Ground in September, but the Pontypridd native is adamant that history must only be seen as a positive as they look to take the first steps towards a return to the game’s elite.

Patrick Swan's Song . . . I'll Keep Coming Back To Wales For Another Shot At Glory

Patrick Swan may be from Cornwall, but he is more than happy to regularly make the trip across the Severn Bridge to compete in - and for - Wales. Despite being based across the water in England’s most south-westerly county, Swan is a familiar face on the Welsh athletics circuit, competing for Swansea Harriers and pulling on the red vest of Wales. Last weekend, the big shot putter added 15cms to his personal best at the National Athletics League’s opening Premiership fixture of the summer in Cardiff.

Rhys Priestland Was Invited To Win The Game, Admits Dragons Coach Dean Ryan

Dean Ryan admitted his Dragons team had given Rhys Priestland the chances to win their derby clash against Cardiff at Rodney Parade. Priestland kicked four penalties and a conversion for Cardiff as they edged out the Dragons 19-18 in a fiery neighbours’ dust-up which saw two players sent off. It was Cardiff’s first away win of the season, while the Dragons remain winless at home after their outside-half Will Reed missed a 79th-minute penalty that would have pinched victory.

Dai Young Insists Final Welsh Derby Must Raise A Smile For Cardiff And Dragons After Season Of Gloom

Dai Young insists both Cardiff Rugby and the Dragons have a duty to produce an entertaining affair at Rodney Parade on Friday night following the downbeat mood which seems to have settled over Welsh rugby. The two sides will face each other in Newport in the final United Rugby Championship derby of the season, with all of the Welsh regions having failed to make the play-offs. But with Young still believing his men will take on a motivated Dragons side, he knows his own team will need to be at their best in order to claim a derby win.

Poppy Day . . . Stickler Joins Gareth Bale, Sam Warburton And Geraint Thomas On Whitchurch Wall Of Wonder

Gymnast Poppy Stickler is the latest pupil to be honoured in Whitchurch High School’s renowned Hall of Fame. Gareth Bale, Sam Warburton and Geraint Thomas already grace the walls of the most famous sporting school in Wales. Now it’s the turn of Sticker. The Cardiff pupil – who turns 16 on June 12 – is a strong contender to be named in the Wales squad for this summer’s Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.

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Anna Hursey Celebrates Commonwealth Games Selection . . . As GLL Funding Puts The Icing On The Cake

By Harry Corish Anna Hursey celebrated being called up for her second Commonwealth Games by winning funding from the Charitable Social Enterprise GLL Sports Foundation. Hursey, who became Wales’ youngest ever Commonwealth Games athlete four years ago at the Gold Coast Games at the age of 11, has now been named in... Read More

Wales And Scotland Should Not Insult Ukraine . . . As Oleksandr Petrakov Wants His Side To Reach The World Cup Finals On Merit Alone

By Stuart Taylor "I jumped for a medal for our Ukraine. I protect our country on the track and show that Ukrainian people never give up - and it is a strong nation which will do everything to win." These are the powerful words of Yaroslava Mahuchikh after she claimed gold in... Read More

Henry Arundell's X Factor Is Grabbing Attention . . . As The WRU and Wayne Pivac Are Urged To Pull Out All The Stops

By Gareth James Wales are being urged to pull out all the stops and try to claim try-scoring sensation Henry Arundell after his latest astonishing effort left TV viewers in disbelief. The teenage London Irish full-back scored one of the greatest individual tries in the history of European rugby, but it was... Read More

Fans Believe Sports Are Doing Enough To Tackle The Concussion Crisis . . . Despite Evidence To The Contrary

By David Williams Almost two-thirds of football and rugby fans believe the sports they follow are doing enough – or even too much – to manage the risks of concussion, despite campaigners calling for more to be done. A survey conducted by Ipsos last month found 63 per cent of football fans... Read More

It's Deja Vu For Fairwater . . . As They Retain The Worthington's Malcolm Thomas Cup Against Local Rivals

By Paul Jones Fairwater retained the Worthington’s Malcolm Thomas Cup thanks to a comprehensive six tries to one 42-25 victory in their final showdown with Cardiff rivals Canton at Llanharan RFC. In what was a repeat of the 2019 final – which Fairwater won 25-17 to secure their first piece of silverware... Read More

A History Of Acrimony: Pontypool’s Frustrations With The WRU Strike A Chord For Community Clubs

By Dan Parker For all the criticisms laid at the door of the WRU over recent months – from eyewatering international ticket prices and alcohol-induced shenanigans at the Principality Stadium to the poor performance of Wales national team and regional sides – this week’s letter from Pontypool RFC to the union... Read More
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