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.
SAM LOUSI (SCARLETS) The Tongan international lock is one of the most skilful players in the URC, as demonstrated by him having produced more offloads (11) than any other forward. With his trademark penchant for carrying the ball in one hand, he is always looking to keep the attack alive and... Read More
By Paul Jones Russell Martin has spoken of his relief at pulling through the worst coaching period of his career. The Swansea City boss had gone eight matches without a victory until that sequence was broken in emphatic style with a 4-0 win over Watford on Friday night. The result - secured by... Read More
Deposed world champion David Smith has admitted his disappointment at losing his boccia crown. The Swansea-based Paralympic champion lost his World Championship title in Rio de Janeiro over the weekend. Smith had to settle for a silver medal in the BC1 class after being well beaten by formidable opponent, Witsanu... Read More
Five More Years . . . Warren Gatland Returns For Wales In Deal Through To 2027 After WRU Sack Wayne Pivac
By David Williams Warren Gatland has replaced Wayne Pivac as Wales head coach – and could well in charge for the next two World Cup tournaments. Gatland is returning to the job he left three years ago after the Welsh Rugby Union announced they had sacked his fellow New Zealander, Wayne Pivac. Gatland,... Read More
No Ordinary Joes . . . Joe Ledley Backs Joe Allen To Defy Medics And Make World Cup Impact For Wales
Joe Allen has been backed by Joe Ledley to defy medical predictions – and help guide Wales on another major tournament adventure. Swansea City midfielder Allen has given Wales fans a major boost by taking part in training in Qatar after two months sidelined with a hamstring injury. If he... Read More
By Gareth James Wales defender Connor Roberts will fulfil his World Cup 2022 ambition less than a year after fearing he would not survive a severe bout of pneumonia. Roberts was hospitalised last December and the situation was so grave that his wife Georgina was given no guarantee that the 27-year-old would... Read More