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.
Non Stanford Bows Out Noisily . . . As She Shocks Herself To Become European Champion In Final International Race
Non Stanford has admitted she surprised herself when she brought the curtain down on her brilliant international triathlon career by becoming European champion. Wales’ biggest name in the sport went out in a blaze of glory at the weekend, by finishing first at Munich’s multi-sports European Championships. A full nine... Read More
BIRMINGHAM - Comments from Welsh triathlon performance coach Luke WATSON (WAL) after Wales took silver in the mixed team relay at Sutton Park on Sunday. Luke WATSON (WAL) - coach On the team's performance: "They were just perfect the whole race. For me, it's the result of years of work as a team,... Read More
By Graham Thomas If you need inspiration to prove it’s never too late to improve your fitness and activity, then listen up to the story of Rhys Jones. Less than three years ago, Jones was a 39-year-old average runner and self-confessed awful swimmer with deteriorating eyesight. Now, he’s off to the Commonwealth Games... Read More
Playing Several Sports Provided The Building Blocks . . . For Welsh Triathlete Issy Morris, Enjoyment Is The Key
By Harry Corish Issy Morris has always loved sport – any sport – and the Welsh triathlete believes that passion can enrich life for everyone. Morris, from Crickhowell in Powys, will be competing for Team Wales at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, which starts on July 28. But the 22-year-old tried a wide... Read More
The baby-faced assassin and the girl who beat asthma will bid to continue their dominance of Welsh domestic triathlon competition this weekend. Luke Richards and Carys Mai Hughes lead the respective men’s and women’s standings in the Welsh Triathlon Super Series, which resumes in Pembrokeshire on Saturday. Both will be... Read More
Students and young people in Wales have had a taste of triathlon and the hope is it’s a flavour to their liking. The event was a recent Go-Tri duathlon within broader activity at Pembrey Country Park that also included a competitive duathlon for more regular runners and cyclists. Organised by... Read More