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.
Joel Makin has got involved in a war of words with his former coach Rob Owen over whether Wales’ top-ranked squash player was right to end their partnership. Makin – currently world number 11 – has hit back at claims by Englishman Owen that his former charge made a big... Read More
Joel Makin Makes History By Winning Silver In The Men's Singles Event . . . And He Hopes His Performances Can Help The Next Generation Believe
By Harry Corish Joel Makin made history, becoming the first Welsh person to reach the squash final at the Commonwealth Games. Makin was defeated 3-2 against world number two Paul Coll from New Zealand. Makin went 4-0 up in the first set of the match. The 27-year-old from Abadere was clearly in... Read More
Tesni Evans faces the biggest task in women’s squash on Tuesday night when takes on world No.1 Nouran Gohar at the World Championships. Welsh No.1 Evans – who is seeded 13 at the tournament in Cairo – has shown good form so far in overcoming Poland’s Karina Tyma and Coline... Read More
Joel Makin has underlined his status as Britain’s No.1 male squash player – and world No.9 – with a stunning win over world No.3 Mohamed Elshorbagy to win the Manchester Open title. But who’s following behind him? It could be 14-year-old Archie Turnbull, who has revealed Makin is his role... Read More
Joel Makin believes he has made another major breakthrough by beating world No.3 Mohamed ElShorbagy to claim the Manchester Open title. Makin – the Welsh and British No.1 and ranked No.9 in the world – earned one of the most impressive victories of his career to overcome his Egyptian opponent,... Read More
By Hannah Blackwell Joel Makin has retained his position as the eighth-best male squash player in the world after the latest global squash rankings. The Welsh star stays comfortably inside the world’s top 10 following his recent runners-up spot at the Squash On Fire Open in Washington. Makin was beaten 3-0 (11-6, 11-5,... Read More