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Cardiff Trio Move To Merthyr As Confusion Deepens At The Arms Park

Cardiff trio Gareth Thompson, Callum Bradbury and Terri Gee are all leaving the Arms Park to join former Premiership champions Merthyr - as confusion over any re-start throws clubs’ planning into chaos. The three players have made their exit following uncertainty over how Cardiff will fit into any overall structure once rugby resumes. “It’s always a shame to see players moving on, but with so much uncertainty surrounding when the Premiership will be able to get back to playing, and what the Blues, who hold our licence, want to use the team for, you can’t blame anyone,” said Cardiff RFC chairman, Chris Norman.

Steve Cooper Admits Swans Now Looking To "Sneak In" Through The Back Door

Steve Cooper Admits Swans Now Looking To “Sneak In” Through The Back Door
Steve Cooper has admitted his Swansea City teams are now relying on “sneaking” into the Championship play-offs through the stumbles of others. The Swans head coach admitted deep frustration at his team’s failure to win at Nottingham Forest on Wednesday night after they twice led before being forced to settle for a 2-2 draw. The point leaves Cooper’s side in eighth place, three points behind Cardiff City, with just two games remaining.

Humbled Zak Leaves Welsh Role To Join GB Coaching Set-Up

Zak Jones is ending his highly-successful 12-year reign as Wales head coach to join Great Britain's coaching set-up. Jones has been appointed Men's Assistant Coach having worked with the team and the Elite Development Squad in recent internationals. During his time with Wales, Jones has taken the men's squad from 36th to 18th in the FIH world rankings and lead them in retaining their top tier EuroHockey Championship status for the first time in two decades.

Swansea City May Face Must-Win With Erwin

Swansea City Face Must-Win With Erwin At Forest
Swansea City may have to put their faith in the hands of back-up goalkeeper Erwin Mulder to keep their promotion hopes alive. Mulder – who has not started a game for the club for 16 months – is on stand-by to come in to the side at Nottingham Forest on Wednesday night for a match the club cannot afford to lose if they are to hold realistic hopes of making the play-offs. The Swans have a fitness doubt over Freddie Woodman, who was forced off late on in the defeat to Leeds United last Sunday with a hip injury.

Grounded, But Not Ground Down . . . Emily Stradling Still Has Georgia On Her Mind

Basketball enjoyed global boom time at the start of the pandemic, but it had nothing to do with live matches on court. Instead, Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls went into living rooms around the world via the TV documentary series, The Last Dance. For current players – like Wales and Great Britain international Emily Stradling - time has stood still as she tells Graham Thomas. Emily Stradling should have spent June in Georgia, USA – preparing to further enhance her reputation as the best female basketball player Wales has exported across the Atlantic. Instead, the student of Mercer University in the town of Macon is back at home in Porthcawl, wondering when she will next pull on the distinctive orange vest of her team, the Bears.

Neil Harris Says Cardiff City Laid The Trap . . . And Wayne Rooney Fell In

Neil Harris Says Cardiff City Laid The Trap . . . And Wayne Rooney Fell In
Neil Harris has revealed his team had worked on a plan to expose Wayne Rooney which paved the way for their final victory over Derby County on Tuesday night. Lee Tomlin hugely improved Cardiff's chances of making the play-offs – and almost certainly ended Derby’s – with a goal that Rooney will be keen to forget. Tomlin scored a second-half winner after he stole the ball off the slowing former England captain, who will be 35 in October.

Cardiff Met Boys Graduate With Honours Into The Big Wide World

Cardiff Met is a regular supplier of talent to the top leagues in Wales and England, but director of rugby Danny Milton is now seeing his graduates spread their wings further afield. Alex Cuthbert and Ken Owens both played for Wales and the British & Irish Lions after leaving Cyncoed and, more recently, Alex Dombrandt and Luke Northmore moved seamlessly into the Harlequins Premiership squad after completing their studies. But the Class of 2020 are heading as far as Portugal and Hong Kong to continue their playing careers, while two more are joining Jac Arthur at English Premiership club Ampthill.

Cardiff's Neil Harris Admits: When Swansea Lost To Leeds, It Made My Birthday

Cardiff’s Neil Harris Admits: When Swansea Lost To Leeds, It Made My Birthday
Cardiff City manager Neil Harris has claimed Leeds United’s win at Swansea City was the perfect birthday present. Now he wants the Bluebirds to continue his celebrations against Derby on Tuesday night. Play-off-chasing Cardiff saw their bitter rivals Swansea lose ground on the top six after a last-gasp defeat to leaders Leeds on Sunday – the day gaffer Harris turned 43.

Never Mind The Format . . . Just Give Me A Bat, Says Glamorgan's Chris Cooke

Never Mind The Format  . . . Just Give Me A Bat, Says Glamorgan’s Chris Cooke
Glamorgan captain Chris Cooke has insisted he doesn’t care what format of cricket he plays over the next few weeks, so long as he can swing a bat. The county’s skipper has joined with the rest of the squad in resuming training this week as they prepare for the much delayed start of the season. Plans have been put in place for the county game to resume on August 1, although there has been disagreement and fierce debate about what type of cricket should take priority.

The New Saints And Their Lawyers Are Not Giving In . . . That's Just Not The Mike Harris Way

The New Saints And Their Lawyers Are Not Giving In . . . That’s Just Not The Mike Harris Way
The New Saints look set to persist with their legal challenge to the Football Association of Wales despite their original appeal being rejected by the High Court. Saints - who were challenging the FAW's use of an unweighted points-per-game format to determine the Cymru Premier season – have confirmed they are now considering an appeal, which would add to the steep costs they have already committed to their cause, but underlines the determination of chairman Mike Harris. The club missed out on the league title to rivals Connah’s Quay by virtue of that decision after the season had been curtailed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Two Apple Trees And One Daughter . . . Aled Davies Finds Balance In The Breaking Of His Tokyo 2020 Dream

This year should have been the time Aled Davies secured his status as one of the world’s greatest Paralympians. Champion of the world in 2012 and 2016, he was on for the hat-trick of golden triumphs in Tokyo. He’s disappointed, but there are compensations as Graham Thomas reports. Aled Davies... Read More

Rhys Jones Has Swapped Tokyo For Clydach Vale . . . But He's Still Racing Towards Better Times Ahead

Rhys Jones should have been preparing to jet to Japan this summer. But instead of counting down the days to his third Paralympics, the Welsh sprinter is at home – keeping body and mind intact – as he awaits freedom from lockdown as he told Owen Morgan. Para sprinter Rhys... Read More

Lily Rice . . . We Like How You Roll

Lily Rice stole the show at last year’s Wales Sports Awards when she took the young sportswoman of the year award. The wheelchair motocross women’s world champion has since been wowing people online with her current keep fit exercises. It’s all part of a move to ensure health and activity... Read More

Rhys Jones . . . Fighter, Sprinter, Organiser, Photographer . . . With Plenty To Do On The Road Ahead

Rhys Jones was sprinting towards his third Paralympics when the finishing line was suddenly moved 12 months further down the track. But as he tells Owen Morgan, he’s now managing to adjust to the long haul. Described as a “hopeless case” by doctors when he was just two years old,... Read More

Wales Rugby League’s Spring International Programme Postponed

Wales Rugby League’s international matches for the spring have all been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Wales Wheelchair were due to face Scotland and Ireland in the annual Celtic Cup in Dundee this month, whilst Wales Students were to face the Royal Navy and England in Nelson. The first... Read More

Aled Davies Digs Deep - In His Garden - As Para Date Is Re-Planted

Aled Davies has revealed he is preparing for the re-arranged Paralympic Games in his back garden. On the day the new dates of the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics were announced, multiple gold medallist Davies was already focussing on the re-set target. Because of the coronavirus crisis, this year's Olympics -... Read More
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