Pat Lam insists his Bristol Bears have plenty of good reasons to finally get stuck into the Scarlets this weekend – about 300,000 of them. The English club’s head coach reckons the cancellation of their home fixture against the Welsh region in December cost Bristol around £300,000. Lam acknowledges the 28-0 walkover victory in the Heineken Champions Cup occurred through no fault of the Scarlets – who were hit by Covid and isolation problems after their infamous trip to South Africa – but says their automatic four-tries-to-nil victory came at a cost.
Former Wales hooker Richard Hibbard has announced his retirement from rugby. Hibbard played 38 Wales internationals and three Tests for the Lions on the 2013 successful tour of Australia. The 38-year-old made his Wales debut against Argentina in 2006 and the last of his Tests came nine years later at home to Ireland. “I’m sad to say my body has finally said enough is enough,” said Hibbard. “What a ride it’s been. I’ve been lucky enough to do everything I’ve wanted, and more, in this great game.”
Two home wins from reaching the World Cup finals, seven games without a defeat, and 30,000-plus fervent fans ready to roar in Cardiff come March. These are unprecedented times for the Welsh men's national football side. A squad that boasts experience and yet youthful exuberance, that's laced with proven quality but also potential, that excites in attack and yet is resolute when needs must.
By Lucy Rees Egyptian Tarek Momen has defeated Welshman Joel Makin to reach his first U.S. Open final. Makin beat defending champion, Egyptian Ali Farag, in the quarter-finals but wasn't able to defeat Tarek Momen, battling an 11-9, 5-11, 11-8, 7-11, 11-8 victory. Momen said: “He’s unreal, he never gives up, it’s one of... Read More
Joel Makin will go into next week’s British Open boosted by a runners-up spot at the Manchester Open. Wales’ world number 10 – who became the first player from Wales to triumph at the British Nationals two weeks ago – continued his rich vein of current form at the tournament... Read More
Joel Makin is determined to use his triumph at the British squash championships to kick on higher into the world’s top 10. Makin became the first Welsh male player to win the British Nationals on Friday and he did it in style, without dropping a game in the tournament. It... Read More
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Joel Makin has booked a spot in the quarter-finals for the fourth successive time after seeing off Youssef Ibrahim at the El Gouna International in Egypt. The Haverfordwest-born ace saw off Egypt's World No 30 12-10, 11-7, 11-2 in 42 minutes - but then reckoned all it needed was 20... Read More
oel Makin raced into the last 16... Read More