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British & Irish Lions Left Sweating On The Fitness Of Dan Biggar As Warren Gatland Names Team For Second Test

By Paul Jones British & Irish Lions Head Coach, Warren Gatland, will be keeping his fingers crossed that the in-form Dan Biggar will pass the return-to-play protocols so he can retain his place in the starting line-up for the second test against South Africa on Saturday. The Wales fly-half suffered a knock to the head in the first test last week and will now be assessed by an independent concussion consultant in the coming days in order to be given the green light to return to action. In other Welsh news, Taulupe Faletau is added to the bench and will win his fifth Lions Test cap should he enter the fray.

Alys Thomas . . . From The Quirky School Kid With Wet Hair To First Time Welsh Olympian

The proverb that good things come to those who wait could have been written for Alys Thomas. On Tuesday lunchtime at the age of 30 – once considered veteran territory in the world of top class swimming – the Swansea-based swimmer will make her Olympic debut. When she steps into the arena in Tokyo, a lot of memories will float through the mind of the current Commonwealth Games 200m butterfly champion.

Wales' Silver Star Lauren Williams Admits: I Had A Mental Block . . . And It Cost Me Olympic Gold

Wales’ Lauren Williams added her name to Team GB’s Olympic taekwondo medal roll of honour in Tokyo on Monday but fell fractionally short in her attempt to strike gold. Twenty-four hours after team mate Bradly Sinden finished runner-up in the -68kg weight division, Welsh wonder Williams captured her own silver medal at -67kg. Like Sinden, too, the 22-year-old was within touching distance of becoming Olympic champion in a dramatic contest with Croatia’s number one seed, Matea Jelic.

From Cardiff Met To The Welsh Fire...Mark O'Leary Is Hoping For Success In The Hundred

By Tom Prosser “To be a Welshman working in Wales makes me the proudest man in the country,” those are the words of the Welsh Fire women’s head coach Mark O’Leary who is aiming for success in the new Hundred competition. O’Leary took the brave decision to leave Cardiff Met last year after a 20-year association with the university, he has since gone on to be the head coach of both Western Storm and the Welsh Fire women’s team.

Two Teenagers, Two Journeys To The Top . . . Adam Beard And Harrison Walsh Have Climbed The Mountain This Summer

As the song says, the road is long with many a winding turn that leads us to who knows where. Two former Ospreys teammates are at the peak of their respective sports this summer, but no-one could have predicted the road that took them there, as Owen Morgan reports. In May 2014 two promising rugby players from Swansea were amongst seven young hopefuls handed development contracts with the Ospreys. The two 18-year-olds were making their first steps towards their dreams of becoming professional sportsmen and representing their country at the highest international level in their sport. However, just a year later Adam Beard and Harrison Walsh - who had also played together for Swansea schoolboys - were to take very different paths towards their sporting dreams.

Swansea City Draw Up New Managerial Hit List . . . As John Terry Says Farewell To Aston Villa

Swansea City have turned their attention to new managerial targets – including former Chelsea assistant Jody Morris – after reportedly being snubbed by QPR’s John Eustace. The Swans are in a mess of their own making after parting company with former head coach Steve Cooper last week and revisiting links with Eustace, who was on their shortlist when Cooper was appointed two years ago. But despite interviewing the 41-year-old, Eustace has informed Swansea he is staying in west London.

Golfer Stephen Dodd Delighted To Win The Senior Open And Now Targets America

By Paul Jones Life really could begin at 55 for Welsh golfer Stephen Dodd who is eyeing a lucrative new career in the USA after winning his first senior major title. Cardiff-born Dodd - who lifted the Senior Open trophy at Sunningdale on Sunday - is considering cashing in on the highly profitable American seniors circuit after his breakthrough victory.  He had to hold off the challenge from several golfing greats to secure his maiden senior major title at the Senior Open presented by Rolex.

Devastated Jade Jones Admits Olympics Without Fans Proved One Fight She Failed To Overcome

Jade Jones has admitted she failed to adapt to an arena without fans after her dreams of a third successive Olympic gold medal were shattered at the first hurdle in Tokyo. The Welsh fighter had travelled to the Japanese capital seeking an unprecedented third gold medal in the sport following triumphs at London 2012 and Rio in 2016. But Jones’ nine-year unbeaten Olympic record ended with a 16-12 defeat to Kimia Alizadeh Zenoorian in the last 16 of the -57kg weight division.

Olympic Place Was So Near And Now It's Here For Wales' Joe Brier

Joe Brier will become an Olympic athlete after he replaced Matthew Hudson-Smith in the 4 x 400m relay squad in Tokyo. Welsh athlete and Swansea Harrier Brier – who had gone with the Great Britain squad as a travelling reserve – will now get to compete at the Games after European 400m champion Huson-Smith has pulled out of the Olympics on medical grounds. Team GB confirmed the 26-year-old had withdrawn, although it is not Covid-19 related.

Warren Gatland Warns Lions To Expect Boks Backlash . . . But Insists: "We're Growing Stronger"

Warren Gatland has braced his British and Irish Lions for a backlash from South Africa after the tourists seized a 1-0 lead in the series by winning 22-17 at Cape Town Stadium. The Lions trailed 12-3 at half-time but improved dramatically, with Luke Cowan-Dickie beginning the resurgence by finishing a line-out maul, while the boot of Dan Biggar and Owen Farrell did the rest. South Africa's coronavirus-disrupted build-up took its toll in the second half, but they only had themselves to blame for the indiscipline that allowed the Lions back in.

Meet Dai

Dai Sport is a fresh breath of Welsh sport with a fiery attitude.

We cover the whole range of Welsh sports with news, analysis and heated opinion. Nothing is off bounds, whether it’s on the field, the court, the race track, in the ring, or on the ice. Big or small, Dai watches all.

Our columnists can be passionate and persuasive, or calm and critical. But you won’t find them blowing smoke where there’s no fire. We don’t do clickbait, nasty pop-ups, or irritating auto-play videos.

Our writers and photographers are a broad mix of experienced journalists, young talent, budding bloggers, or just spreaders of the word about what’s going on in their sport. If you’d like to contribute to Dai Sport – on any sport, at any level – we’d love to hear from you.

Please email:  daisportgraham@gmail.com or daisportian@gmail.com

 

Dai Sport is recruiting!

 

We have two vacancies – both through the Kickstart scheme – and both for the same role as editorial assistant.
What we’re looking for are all-rounders to join a small team. We want someone who can report, sub-edit, shoot and edit film, and project all our content via social media.

Sports website editorial assistant/writer

Dai Sport is a Wales-based sports website concentrating on all aspects of Welsh sport. Launched in 2017, the site covers the broadest range of sports – from football to taekwondo, rugby union to rallying and netball to darts.

We produce editorial coverage and content for a variety of clients, ranging from governing bodies to broadcasters and competitive leagues, backed up by our social media channels.

We have built a loyal following of readers from across the sporting spectrum and won two awards at the recent Wales Media Awards for 2020.

We are now seeking website editorial assistants/writers to further expand our coverage and help us to further grow our readership.

 

Responsibilities

Reporting to the Dai Sport editor, the editorial assistant/writer will:

  • Assist with fresh content being published on a daily basis
  • Sub-edit reporters’ copy
  • Source pictures, write headlines, and upload content.
  • Write original stories and features, conduct interviews and cover matches and events
  • Film and edit short video items for the website and social media channels
  • Manage the Dai Sport social media channels and engage with our digital audience
  • Help develop the Dai Sport podcast
  • Find fresh ideas for the further promotion of our content, particularly around women’s sport

 

The candidate

You will have:

  • A passionate interest in sport and in what makes gripping and entertaining content
  • A knowledge of content management systems, particularly WordPress
  • Sound writing and editing skills
  • Sharp social media abilities, especially in engaging around sport
  • Willingness to work flexibly across the week,
  • Good organisational skills
  • A sense of humour

 

These vacancies are part of the UK government’s Kickstart scheme and are open to young people aged between 16 and 24 who are currently claiming Universal Credit.

Applications can only be made through your DWP work coach who will provide details on how to apply. Quote: Dai Sport – sports website editorial assistant/writer. Ref: KSCF4B41B7

Unfortunately, we are unable to accept direct applications.

 

Closing date: May 31, 2021.