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.
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By David Williams Head coach John Kear remained proud of Wales’ efforts at the Rugby League World Cup despite a third straight defeat at the hands of Papua New Guinea in Doncaster which ended the Dragons’ interest in the tournament. The impressive Kumuls had too much for Kear’s side, particularly in the... Read More
By David Williams Wales coach John Kear remains confident his side can end their World Cup drought after making Tonga work hard for their 32-6 victory in St Helens on Monday night. Kear’s part-timers performed valiantly, taking the lead with Kyle Evans’ 18th-minute try to the delight of the 7,752 crowd, but... Read More
Jonathan Davies qualifies for his bus pass today, but you’re more likely to find the still sprightly 60-year-old sporting icon on a bike than on public transport. The man who enthralled a generation of rugby union lovers in Wales, before heading ‘North’ to rugby league and capturing even more hearts... Read More
Wales will be involved in rugby league history on Monday night – whatever the outcome of their World Cup clash against Tonga. Australian referee Kasey Badger will become the first female official to take charge of a men’s World Cup match when she has control of the tie at St.... Read More
It Was Heartbreak For Wales Who Fell Just Short In World Cup Opener . . . But John Kear Insists His Team Should Be Proud Of Their Efforts
By David Williams John Kear insists Wales have delivered their best Rugby League World Cup performance for years – even though their campaign began with a 18-12 defeat to the Cook Islands on Wednesday night. "I think we have earned the respect of a lot of people," said Wales head coach Kear. "I... Read More
Elliott Kear Expects His Side To Take Their Opportunity . . . But Face A Tough And Physical Challenge In Group D
Elliot Kear has challenged his Wales team-mates to make the most of an unprecedented opportunity to put their sport on the map as they prepare to kick off their Rugby League World Cup campaign against the Cook Islands. The Bradford Bulls back is one of 13 Welsh-born players in a squad... Read More