Wales winger Sorba Thomas has swapped a relegation fight with Huddersfield for a promotion chase with Blackburn Rovers after being told he had fallen down the pecking order with the Terriers. Thomas – who went to the World Cup with Wales only two months ago – was told his chances were going to be limited at Huddersfield after they brought in some new additions. The club are languishing in the Championship relegation zone, three points adrift of Cardiff City who are in 21st place.
New attack coach Alex King says Wales are determined to play an entertaining brand which is rooted deep in the country’s DNA. King joined up with the rest of Warren Gatland’s coaching staff on Monday, with the New Zealander having chosen the former England fly-half to replace Stephen Jones as attack coach. The 47-year-old has little time to get his messages and methods across ahead of the Guinness Six Nations opener against Ireland on February 4, but King is confident that he can do so to mark Gatland’s Wales return with a winning start.
Welsh female athletes are still waiting to hear from World Athletics who say their transgender policy is still a work in progress. Its stance follows claims made by British shot-putter that the governing body’s preferred option would “screw” female athletes. The global organisation is consulting with member federations over its preferred option for a new policy.
Former Swansea City manager Paul Clement has lost his job at Everton in the fall-out from Frank Lampard’s sacking. Clement – who was Swansea manager throughout 2017 – was assistant to Lampard, but has left the club along with the rest of the former England star’s backroom team of Joe Edwards, Chris Jones and Ashley Cole. Everton, who are now searching for their seventh manager in the last seven years, had been the latest port of call for Clement, who was sacked by the Swans five years ago.
Warren Gatland believes there is a need for discussion on Wales’ 60-cap selection rule amid uncertainty surrounding the futures of several players. The policy was established in 2017, with players who subsequently signed contracts to ply their trade outside Wales deemed ineligible for Test selection unless they have won at 60 caps or more. And the situation is now magnified due to a recruitment freeze affecting Wales’ four professional regions of Cardiff, Ospreys, Dragons and Scarlets.
Wrexham Born Laura Deas Wins World Cup Bronze . . . After Producing Her Best Result In Almost Four Years
By Paul Jones Welsh Olympic star Laura Deas continued British Skeleton’s stunning start to the season. The Wrexham Wrexham-born Deas came away with a World Cup bronze in the United States on Thursday evening, making an excellent start to her World Cup campaign. Deas and Marcus Wyatt made it five medals... Read More
Adele Nicoll is already an international athlete in two sports, but it would seem a reasonable bet to place on her one day making it a hat-trick. Adele said hello to bobsleigh after first emerging as a talented track and field athlete and she finds trying new sports just as... Read More
Adele Nicoll . . . Counting Down The Days And Cruising Through The Sports As Commonwealth Games Looms
With just a month to go before the start of the Commonwealth Games, Adele Nicoll could not be in better form. Last weekend, the Birchfield Harrier produced the performance of her life to win the shot put title at the Muller UK Athletics Championships - just two weeks after claiming... Read More
By Owen Morgan Adele Nicoll is living proof of the old saying that a change is as good as a rest. And if you can enjoy both - as Wales’ winter Olympian has managed over recent months - then so much the better. Nicoll, from Welshpool, is currently at the Winter Olympics in... Read More
By David Williams Laura Deas is to take some time out from competing after her failure to recapture her 2018 medal form at the Winter Olympics in Beijing. The Welsh skeleton star – who won bronze at the Pyeongchang Games four years ago – plans to recover from what she described as... Read More
By Lucy Rees Laura Deas has insisted conditions in Beijing are to her liking as she prepares to back up Wales’ first Winter Olympic medal. Bronze medalist in PyeongChang four years ago, Deas is preparing for her second Olympic skeleton competition against a background of complaints from many athletes in China that... Read More