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French Top 14 Verdict Casts More Doubt Over Welsh Regions' Pro 14 Future

French Top 14 Verdict Casts More Doubt Over Welsh Regions’ Pro 14 Future
The French Top 14 season has been officially abandoned in a move that is likely to cast more uncertainty over any return of the Guinness Pro 14. With the rugby shutdown in France continuing, the game’s rulers announced on Tuesday that they are ending the season as of now. Organisers, the French rugby league (LNR) said no club would be relegated and no team would be promoted from the Pro D2 (second division).

Rallying Set For Return In Wales . . . But With Drivers Only

Rallying could return at a famous Welsh forest complex in August – but with social distancing rules likely to prevent co-drivers from taking part. Scheduled to take place at Sweet Lamb, a popular Wales Rally GB stage situated in the stunning rolling hills on the Ceredigion and Powys border, the driver-only time trial on Sunday 9 August will take place behind locked gates and without spectators. There will also be a strict limit on the number of service vans and mechanics allowed on site.

Cardiff And Swansea's Championship Rivals Cast Doubt On Re-Start Plan

Cardiff And Swansea’s Championship Rivals Cast Doubt On Re-Start Plan
Cardiff City and Swansea City may be preparing for a June 20 return to action, but some of their Championship rivals have cast doubt on the idea with scathing criticism of the EFL. Barnsley, QPR and Luton are leading the critical voices, claiming the resumption has been poorly planned, badly communicated and rushed through. Barnsley have written to the EFL to sound the alarm over the "potential failure of their enterprise" they get ready to play for the first time since mid-March.

Mike Flynn Pays Tribute To Lennie Lawrence As Veteran Coach Leaves Newport County

Mike Flynn Pays Tribute To Lennie Lawrence As Veteran Coach Leaves Newport County
Lennie Lawrence will remain a “very valued friend” to Newport County manager Mike Flynn after the club confirmed their assistant was leaving to join Stevenage. Lawrence, 72, has been at Rodney Parade for three years and forged an immediate bond with Flynn as both worked to pull off the great escape of keeping Newport in the Football League in 2017. But the veteran coach has remained based in the south-east of England and has now chosen to join Stevenage as No.2 to manager Alex Revell – with his start date likely to be the beginning of the 2020-21 season.

Swansea City Striker Target Will Refuse To Re-Start The Season

Swansea City Striker Target Will Refuse To Re-Start The Season
Swansea City transfer target Lyle Taylor will refuse to play for Charlton when the Championship season resumes on June 20. The Swans, Cardiff City, Charlton and remainder of the 24 second tier clubs are all stepping up their training in readiness for the season resuming in less than three weeks’ time. But Charlton manager Lee Bowyer has revealed that some of his players who are out of contract at the end of June - including Taylor – have said they will not be taking the field for fear of injury.

Welsh Tennis Players Start Petition To Return To Court

Welsh Tennis Players Start Petition To Return To Court
Tennis players have launched a petition calling for the sport to be “unlocked” following the urgings of the sport’s governing body towards the Welsh government. The petition to allow outdoor tennis in Wales to restart had been signed by over 2,000 people by midday on Sunday. It comes after Tennis Wales - the governing body for the sport in Wales – wrote to First Minister Mark Drakeford to ask for the current restrictions on playing tennis to be lifted.

Premier League Chief Tells EFL Clubs: Don't Call Us . . . We'll Call You

Premier League Chief Tells EFL Clubs: Don’t Call Us . . . We’ll Call You

Welsh Regions And Players Facing Massive Cuts As £60m Crisis Grips WRU

Welsh Regions And Players Facing Massive Cuts As £60m Crisis Grips WRU
Wales’ leading rugby players are facing more massive pay cuts with plans for funding from the Welsh Rugby Union to the regions to be slashed by £23m. Stars of the Ospreys, Scarlets, Cardiff Blues and Dragons have already seen their wages reduced by 25 per cent for the past three months. Now, they are facing more cuts – some will see reductions of £100,000-a-year - as well as redundancies following a devastating update from the WRU on how the current sporting shutdown is going to affect its income in the year ahead.

The Day The Scarlets Went To Toulouse . . . And Dethroned The Kings Of Europe

Premier League Chief Tells EFL Clubs: Don’t Call Us . . . We’ll Call You
Cash-starved football clubs beneath the Premier League hoping for some financial help from the top flight have been told: Don’t hold your breath. The bleak warning not to expect much help from the moneyed clubs at the top of the food chain has come from Premier League chief executive Richard Masters. Newport County and other clubs in League Two have been running on empty since the lockdown in March, while even Championship clubs such as Cardiff City and Swansea City have been left contemplating very tough times ahead.

Connah's Quay Nomads . . . New Title, Sharper Rivalry . . . And Now Their Carlos Tevez Moment

Last week, Connah’s Quay Nomads were crowned new Welsh champions thanks to their performances on the field. Now, argues Matthew Burgess, they are quickly starting to behave like champions, off the field, too. If ever Andy Morrison’s Connah’s Quay side wanted to make a statement of intent following their first ever league title, the signing of Aeron Edwards direct from rivals The New Saints certainly did the trick. Just a week after being awarded the Cymru Premier title, the Nomads declared the off-season open - bolstering their already strong squad whilst simultaneously depleting their closest rivals in the process.

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Cheesey Come, Cheesey Go . . . Matt Bush Is Spreading The Love For Welsh Cheddar

Footballers delivering pizza, netballers doing the rounds with medical supplies and rugby stars working for the NHS - the last 10 weeks have seen sports folk pitching in during the lockdown. But few will have travelled as far in recent weeks as Matt Bush, the West Wales milkman of the... Read More

Natalie Powell's World Has Shrunk . . . But Not Her Drive And Ambition

Natalie Powell had hoped to be going for gold at the Olympic Games this summer. Instead, Wales' leading judoka has turned her living room into a makeshift combat area and is trying to stay fit and healthy, as she tells Graham Thomas. Natalie Powell has re-set her goals and adapted her... Read More

Devastated Jade Sees Golden Hat-Trick Bid Put On Hold As Tokyo 2020 Postponed

Jade Jones says she has been left devastated after seeing her bid for a historic hat-trick of Olympic taekwondo gold medals put on hold. The Flint fighter admits postponing Tokyo 2020 until 2021 was the right course of action due to the coronavirus crisis. But she fears for the psychological... Read More

Jade Jones Vows Knee Injury Is Minor Obstacle To Triple Gold Olympic Glory

Jade Jones has vowed that nothing is going to deter her from making Taekwondo history by winning a third Olympic gold this year despite suffering a knee ligament injury in a competition in Sweden. The reigning World, Olympic and European champion was forced to pull out of the final last... Read More

Natalie Back On Top Step Of Podium In Boost To Tokyo Olympic Hopes

Natalie Powell has give en her hopes of competing at this summer's Olympic Games a huge boost after triumphing at the Tel Aviv Grand Prix. The 29-year-old's victory was her first Grand Prix gold medal and her first since 2017 when she was became the first Welsh judoka to be... Read More

Jones Misses Out On Grand Slam Gold...But Silver Lining Is $20,000 Pay Day

Jade Jones earned a handy $20,000 Christmas bonus after finishing second in taekwondo's richest tournament in China. Wales' double Olympic and reigning world champion had to settle for silver at the Grand Prix final in Wuxi as the countdown to Tokyo 2020 begins in earnest. But first the Flint fighter... Read More
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