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Scarlets Move To Bring Home Prized Wales Prospect Corey Baldwin Back From Exeter Chiefs

The Scarlets are set to bring Corey Baldwin back to Welsh rugby with the former Wales U20 star returning to Llanelli from Exeter Chiefs. Baldwin left the Scarlets for the Gallagher Premiership last season but the centre struggled for consistent game time at Sandy Park due to the strength of the Exeter squad. Before leaving the Scarlets the Llandeilo product was seen as one of the most promising prospects in the Welsh game, with Wales coach Wayne Pivac a big admirer.

Welsh Fire Urged To Stoke Things Up Again After Leus Du Plooy Knock Fails To Keep Winning Habit

Leus du Plooy has vowed that Welsh Fire will re-ignite their campaign quickly on Monday after suffering their first defeat in The Hundred. The South African smashed a blazing 22-ball 43 which featured four sixes in what was ultimately a losing effort for Fire at home to Manchester Originals. A win on Saturday would have moved Fire up to first place in the table and well on their way to qualifying for the knockout stages of the tournament. Now, they must ensure winning momentum is not reversed when they meet Oval Invincilbes in south London on Monday.

"Bites", Fights, Slights And Things To Put Right . . . Just Another Wave Of Lions v Springboks Fury Before Final Test Decider

Warren Gatland has told his British and Irish Lions to prepare for a "cup final" after their 27-9 defeat by South Africa in the second Test set up a series decider next Saturday. The Lions entered half-time at Cape Town Stadium 9-6 ahead through three Dan Biggar penalties but the match then turned on its head, with the world champions taking control up-front and in the air. Makazole Mapimpi and Lukhanyo Am crossed in the third quarter while the boot of Handre Pollard did the rest, setting up a winner-takes-all scenario in the climax to the tour next week.

British Swimming Celebrates Best Olympics In History As Dan Jervis Earns Fifth Place In Tokyo Final

Dan Jervis finished fifth in his first Olympic final as Great Britain ended their most successful swimming campaign in Games history. Swansea swimmer Jervis dug in for a gritty performance that ended with him finishing outside the medals, with a time of 14:55.48 that was some way short of his personal best as well as the 14:48.67 that earned him a silver medal at the Commonwealth Games in 2018. But the 25-year-old Swim Wales athlete from Resolven should feel proud and encouraged by placing so near to medals at his maiden Olympic Games.

Alun Wyn Jones Joins Graham Price On Lions Elevenes But Denies Respect Was One-Sided In First Test

Alun Wyn Jones has refused to get drawn on Rassie Erasmus' criticism of the refereeing in the first Test and warned the Springboks there is more to come from the Lions. The Lions captain was responding after Rassie Erasmus, the South Africa director of rugby, released an unorthodox 62-minute video on social media in which he criticised the officials following the Springboks' 22-17 loss in the first Test in Cape Town last Saturday. Erasmus claimed Springboks captain Siya Kolisi did not receive the respect from officials afforded to the Lions skipper and said he was willing to walk away from the remainder of the series if he was out of line.

Lauren Price Insist She Has No Fear Of Facing Dutch Rival As Olympic Final Looms

Lauren Price insists she holds no fears about facing old foe Nouchka Fontijn in a shoot-out for an Olympic final. The Welsh boxer has her sights set on a gold medal after guaranteeing herself at least a bronze for Great Britain with a quarter-final victory in Tokyo. Price, the world champion from Ystrad Mynach, will face Fontijn in the semi-finals after beating Panama's Atheyna Bylon, 5-0, on Saturday.

The Hundred May Have 99 Problems . . . But The Cricket Ain't One

Welsh Fire are blazing. The men’s team have played twice and won twice and sit second of the eight teams in the early table. It’s not quite ignited yet for Welsh Fire women, who have lost both opening fixtures, but approval ratings for The Hundred generally have been high. Fraser Watson is a hard man to please, but even he thinks something significant is going on in the old sport. After 86 balls of the run chase, with the Southern Braves still needing 29 to win a pulsating contest, Chris Jordan shaped up to put Jimmy Neesham into the stands. He contrived only to slice it to Josh Cobb at extra cover – a catch which essentially secured a second straight Welsh Fire win.

Dan Jervis . . . The Welshman Who Swims For GB, Wales, Grandad, Pastor Santos - But Mostly For God

Dan Jervis won’t be alone when he prays ahead of his Olympic debut in the 1500 metres freestyle event in Tokyo on Friday. Back in Neath, the congregation of Sardis Baptist Church have been on their knees for weeks hoping to invoke some divine intervention for one of their flock. Pastor Fortunato Santos has put Dan at the heart of his prayer chain in a bid to help him bring back some gold from Japan.

Bronze For Welsh Pair In GB Eight, Heartbreak For Vicky Thornley . . . Then Outrage And Anger From Wales' Josh Bugajski

Welsh rowers Oliver Wynne-Griffith and Josh Bugajski took a bronze medal in the men’s eight but there was another GB rowing near miss for Vicky Thornley in Tokyo – before Bugajski launched a furious attack on the sport’s former head coach. Wynne-Griffith and Bugajski were part of the men’s eight crew that battled to a third place finish behind Germany, who took silver, and new Olympic champions New Zealand. Thornley agonisingly missed out on a medal in the women’s single sculls after finishing fourth in her final – the sixth fourth-placed finish for Great Britain this week.

Vicky Thornley Vows To Go All Out To Break The Trend Of Medal Near Misses For Team GB

Vicky Thornley is on course for a shot at another Olympic medal and is desperate to break the sequence of agonizing fourth place finishes for Team GB. The Welsh rower became just the third British female single sculler to reach an Olympic final – and the first for 25 years – after finishing second in her semi-final. Now, Thornley – who won a silver medal in the women’s double sculls with Dame Katherine Grainger at the Rio Games in 2016 - has her sights on a first ever British medal in women’s single sculls in the final on Friday morning.

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Pooler Pledge To Honour Contracts Despite Season Shutdown

Pontypool’s plans to reach the Indigo Group Premiership may have been scuppered by the coronavirus crisis, but they have pledged to honour all contracts with players through to the end of the season. The reigning champions of the Specsavers Championship, they led the table by five points from Bargoed when... Read More

Trophy-Less Champions Cardiff RFC Call For Big Welsh Rugby Shake-Up To Protect Premiership

Cardiff are hoping to reward their Indigo Group Premiership players with new contracts – even if they have no trophy and medals at the end of this season. The Arms Park club are in talks with Cardiff Blues over a range of proposals for next season after the current race... Read More

Pooler Power . . . 58 Wins In A Row And Still Counting

You have to hand it to Pontypool - put them under pressure and they nearly always deliver. They may have won three Specsavers National Championship titles in a row, but a fourth one this season is what they really want to finally guarantee a return to the top tier of the... Read More

Connor Earns Sixth Winner In Prolific Spell Of Success

Welshman Connor Brace, a 7lb claiming jockey attached to Fergal O'Brien's Cotswold yard, has been in cracking form (writes Brian Lee).  He won the opening Juvenile Hurdle on 14-1 outsider Phoenican Star for O'Brien at Stratford.  Star was Connor's sixth winner since the end of last month, having won  at meetings all... Read More

IfAndBut Earns Exeter Win For Peterston Trainer Dando

Peterston-super-Ely farmer Philip Dando saw his  seven-year-old IfAndBut win the Call Star Sports On 8000 521 321 Handicap Hurdle at Exeter (writes Brian Lee).   In a field of 14 runners, IfAndBut, ridden by 5lbs claiming jockey Mitchell Bastyan, won by two-and-three quarter lengths from Micras and was returned at odds... Read More

Welshman Simon Takes Lead Role At Ffos Las Races

dai-sport’s horse racing column - by Brian Lee Welshman Simon Rowlands has been appointed general manager at the Ffos Las racecourse near Llanelli. Rowlands, from Bargoed, moves from the Chepstow course to Ffos Las and will take up the reins for his new role in November. Both Welsh courses are owned by the... Read More
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