Dwayne Peel believes his Scarlets teams have answered questions over their character with their victory at Cardiff - although he knows there are tougher examinations to come. The head coach saw his team gain a bonus point 29-23 win at the Arms Park, where home flanker Ellis Jenkins was sent off for a dangerous tackle after 28 minutes. It’s a result that bunches three of the Welsh regions together in the lower mid-reaches of the United Rugby Championship (URC) table with the Ospreys in 11th, Cardiff in 12th and the Scarlets 13th.
Gemma Grainger has called for “some perspective” after a fifth straight defeat for Wales in the UEFA Women’s Nations League Group A3 saw then relegated to League B. The Wales manager watched her team slide to a 2-1 home defeat to Iceland at the Cardiff City Stadium which made it a whitewashed campaign for the hosts. Wales have been competing at the top level, but their limitations have been exposed even though most of their matches have been competitive.
Wales’ World Cup scrum-halves Gareth Davies and Tomos Williams will go head-to-head in a mouth-watering individual battle at the Arms Park on Saturday when Cardiff host the Scarlets. They are likely to be the frontrunners once again for the No 9 jersey in the Six Nations, so it will be fascinating to see who comes out on top in this derby clash.
Yannick Bolasie insists he is excited to make his home debut for Swansea City after the former Everton and Crystal Palace winger made his first appearance off the bench in midweek at Elland Road. The 34-year-old signed for the Swans on a short-term deal earlier this week and says: “I am looking forward to Saturday, for any team these home games are important.
Former Wales stars Gavin Henson and Colin Charvis, plus ex- England captain Phil Vickery are among more than 200 retired rugby players to bring a legal claim against three of the sport’s governing bodies alleging they suffered brain injuries during their careers. Vickery, 47, a member of England’s World Cup-winning team in 2003, and Henson, 41, who won Six Nations Grand Slams in 2005 and 2008, were named for the first time on Friday after they waved their anonymity in their claims against World Rugby, the Rugby Football Union and the Welsh Rugby Union.
Callum Robinson insists he took no offence, but plenty of advice, after being criticised by his Cardiff City manager, Erol Bulut. Republic of Ireland striker Robinson was told by Bulut he needed to work harder defensively after he was left out of the starting line-up earlier in the season.
Chris Simmons and Lucie Gutteridge have secured the 2023 JD Tyres Welsh Tarmacadam Championship driver and co-driver titles respectively, after another close and thrilling year-long battle came to an end on the two-day Glyn Memorial Stages Rally. The tenth and final round of the series took place at the Anglesey Racing Circuit, which was the third time that crews had visited the Ty Croes venue this year.
Wales have enlisted the support of former manager Chris Coleman to help them avoid relegation from the Women’s Nations League. Coleman memorably led Wales to the semi-finals of Euro 2016 and spoke to boss Gemma Grainger and her squad before Friday’s relegation decider against Iceland in Cardiff.
Michael Duff admitted Swansea City were undone by “Premier League quality” they were unable to match as they fell to a second defeat in three matches at Leeds United. Duff insisted he was pleased by his team’s overall performance but claimed the difference between the sides was illustrated by the goals – two of which were scored by former Swans players Joel Piroe and Daniel James, with the other from Georginio Rutter – in a 3-1 defeat.
Rob Baxter has urged football's lawmakers to be careful after they agreed sin-bins should be trialled at higher levels of the sport. The International Football Association Board (IFAB) - that includes a member from the Football Association of Wales - has supported the move following a successful implementation in the grassroots game, backing temporary dismissals of players for offences such as dissent and specific tactical fouls its annual business meeting.
Emma Finucane admitted she was in disbelief after capping a breakout year by becoming Britain’s first women’s sprint world champion in a decade at the UCI Cycling World Championships. The 20-year-old Welsh rider got the better of Germany’s Lea Friedrich to win the final 2-0, the first time Britain had... Read More
Melissa Courtney-Bryant made sure she stayed out of trouble and expended as little energy as possible to reach the 3,000m final at the European Indoor Athletics Championships in Istanbul. Running in a slow second heat in Turkey on Thursday night, Courtney-Bryant had to keep her wits about her to stay... Read More
Friends, colleagues and admirers of Eddie Butler joined in a heartfelt celebration of the rich life of the former Wales captain on Thursday afternoon. Abergavenny Market Hall was the venue for an emotional memorial service for the much-loved and multi-talented broadcaster and writer, who died last September while on a... Read More
By David Williams Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) acting CEO, Nigel Walker, has expressed regret over the handling of allegations of sexism and misogyny within the organisation. He took over as acting CEO after Steve Phillips resigned on Sunday. Two women had complained about a "toxic culture" within the WRU, leading to an investigation... Read More
Former employees of Welsh rugby’s governing body have accused the organisation of a “toxic culture” of sexism. Two women have said they considered suicide after suffering alleged sexism and bullying within the organisation. One woman claimed she went as far as to write a manual for her husband on what... Read More
The 2023 Six Nations is still 20 weeks away, but we know already it will be very different this season. Eddie Butler won’t be there. That voice, so sturdy, comfortable and familiar, won’t be around to guide and reassure. That ability to add to and embellish the picture, without ever... Read More