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Disappointed Joe Brier Just Misses Out On Semi-Final Spot After 'Brutal' Euro 400m Heats In Torun

Joe Brier just missed out on a spot in the 400m at the European Indoor Championships in Torun. In a high-quality heat in Torun, Brier clocked 47.08 secs to finish third in Poland.

From School Team Struggler To Alun Wyn Jones' Apprentice . . . Rhys Davies Prepares For Next Ospreys Step

Imagine having to wear Alun Wyn Jones’ jersey when he’s not around. That’s a big shirt to fill. But the young player making a pretty decent fist of it at the Ospreys at present is Rhys Davies. The former Wales U20 player is set wear No.5 against the Dragons on Saturday night and tells Graham Thomas how it feels for size. Rhys Davies is already being tipped as a successor to Alun Wyn Jones for the Ospreys and Wales but has revealed it was only a few years ago he struggled to get into his school XV. Admittedly, it was Millfield – one of the most famous sporting schools in the UK – but the young Ospreys second row had high hopes of following the likes of Gareth Edwards, JPR Williams and Chris Robshaw when he moved to Somerset on a scholarship at the age 16.

The Enduring Two Yorkshiremen's Sketch . . . Starring Mick McCarthy At Cardiff City And Middlesbrough's Neil Warnock

Mick McCarthy and Neil Warnock share more than just a Yorkshireman’s instinct for bluff one-liners after both extended their management deals into next season. After transforming Cardiff City’s fortunes with a speed of impact he admitted had even taken him by surprise, McCarthy, 62, has signed a two-year extension to his short-term contract that was due to run out at the end of the season. Warnock – 10 years older – will be approaching 74 when his new one-year extension at Middlesbrough comes to an end in June of next year.

Piers Copeland Relishing 1500m Euro Indoors Shoot-Out After Impressive Display To Reach Torun Final

Piers Copeland produced an impressive performance to ease his way into the European Indoor Athletics Championships 1500m final in Poland. The former Cardiff Metropolitan University student finished second in his heat to claim an automatic qualifying spot in Friday evening's final.

Kieran Hardy Loss Is A Blow . . . But We've Got Three Scrum Halves Who Are Ready, Says Stephen Jones

Kieran Hardy’s loss to Wales is an unfortunate blow, attack coach Stephen Jones has admitted. The young scrum-half has played his final part in the Six Nations after suffering a hamstring injury in the second half against England. Hardy, who made his debut against Georgia in the Autumn Nations Cup, went over for a try in last weekend’s 40-24 victory after a quick tap caught the English napping, before his injury caused him to leave the field.

Mick McCarthy Says He Is Happy To Stay At 'Great' Club Cardiff City After Signing Two Year Deal

Mick McCarthy has agreed a new two year deal with Cardiff City - just 10 games after joining the club. The 62-year-old has signed a contract until the summer of 2023 along with long-time assist Terry Connor after reviving City's fortunes.

Welsh Fire Warming Up Nicely, Thanks To Six-Smashing Kieron Pollard

West Indies captain Kieron Pollard has given Welsh cricket fans a glimpse of the excitement and awesome power he could bring to Welsh Fire next season. Pollard – who has signed to play for the franchise in the new format competition, The Hundred – smashed six sixes in an over to guide his country to a comprehensive four-wicket win against Sri Lanka in the opener of their three-match T20 series. He became only the third player to strike six maximums in a single over in international cricket.

It's World Book Day . . . So, Get Your Nose Into This Lot

Some things cannot be shifted by a mere pandemic and one of them is World Book Day, on Thursday March 4. The global celebration of reading goes on, with the value of a good book seeming more important than ever over the past 12 months. To mark the day, what better way than to suggest some favourite sports books – old and new – as chosen by sports journalists based in Wales.

The Wayne Pivac Matchwinner Who's Played An Absolute Blinder For Wales . . . Old Father Time

Wales Pivac has a Triple Crown on the shelf in his room at the Wales team hotel, credit in the bank along with win bonuses, and the prospect of joining Mike Ruddock and Warren Gatland as a Grand Slam winning coach if his side can manage victories over Italy and France. Fraser Watson believes the essence of this turnaround is there in the calendar. In January 1990, Manchester United supporters rolled out the infamous banner at the Stretford End. “Three years of excuses” was the accusation, a certain Alex Ferguson the target.

Cardiff Blues Wait For Compensation Offer From Scarlets Over Dwayne Peel

Dwayne Peel will have to break his contract with Cardiff Blues and could face his prospective employers in court, unless a compensation deal can be agreed that allows him to work at the Scarlets. The former Wales scrum-half is at the centre of a messy battle between the two Welsh regions after signing a deal with one, but wanting to now join the other. Currently still coaching at Ulster, Peel’s future has been thrown into uncertainty with the Scarlets interested in bringing their former star back to Llanelli and plucking him from the clutches of the Blues.

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Welsh Fire Warming Up Nicely, Thanks To Six-Smashing Kieron Pollard

West Indies captain Kieron Pollard has given Welsh cricket fans a glimpse of the excitement and awesome power he could bring to Welsh Fire next season. Pollard – who has signed to play for the franchise in the new format competition, The Hundred – smashed six sixes in an over... Read More

Jonny Bairstow Promises Welsh Fire Can Turn Up The Heat Now They've Re-Fuelled With Kieron Pollard And Jhye Richardson

Jonny Bairstow believes he and Kieron Pollard can ignite Cardiff this summer when they team up in an exciting Welsh Fire side for The Hundred. Bairstow is set to be a key man for England for the rest of their winter, but will play for Welsh Fire at Sophia Gardens... Read More

Morning, Everyone . . . It's 2005 Again And Simon Jones Is Bowling From The Pavilion End

It’s not often the announcement of a TV rights contract ushers in much emotion, let alone some warm feelings of nostalgia. But the cricket deal to show England’s Test series in India from Friday has got Fraser Watson misty-eyed – and remembering one Welshman, in particular, who scaled the peaks... Read More

Welsh Fire Goes Out For Aussie Pair Steve Smith And Mitchell Starc

Welsh Fire have opted not to retain Australian Test stars Steve Smith and Mitchell Starc for The Hundred competition this summer. But they have added England’s World Cup-winning seamer Liam Plunkett to their ranks. The new Cardiff-based team were due to spearhead their campaign with two of the biggest names... Read More

Welsh Fire Can Re-Ignite Cricket This Summer, Says Tom Banton

Tom Banton is one of the most exciting young cricketers on the planet but he insists a break from action at the end of last year has set him up for a huge 2021. Somerset and England batsman Banton was one of the headline acts retained by Welsh Fire for... Read More

Glamorgan's Mark Wallace Insists Revamped Season Can Spur Welsh County

Glamorgan director of cricket Mark Wallace believes his players have been given extra motivation ahead of next season by the prospect of winning a County Championship title. Even though the Welsh county have been firmly rooted in Division Two for the past 15 years, a revamp in the tournament structure next... Read More
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