Neil Harris has backed the PFA to stand by Sol Bamba – just as he insists they stood squarely behind him as he overcame cancer. The Cardiff City manager recovered from testicular cancer, diagnosed when he was just 23, and went on to enjoy a hugely successful playing career before becoming a boss. In a cruel repetition, Bluebirds defender Bamba, 36, is now undergoing chemotherapy for Non-Hodgkin lymphoma, but Harris believes the much-criticised players’ union can offer the same support and backing he was given 20 years ago.
In 2014, Will Taylor started for Wasps in front of 82,000 people against Harlequins at Twickenham. Three years later he was selling vegetables on the streets of London and collecting empty glasses in his friend's nightclub. They say life’s a rollercoaster but the 29-year-old from Swansea wouldn’t have expected there to be quite as many sharp turns.
The Welsh Rugby Union will receive financial support from Welsh government funding, which is set to be confirmed this week. After a devastating year dominated by the Covid-19 pandemic, the WRU’s bank balance has been decimated. It's estimated each Wales home match brings in about £10million and the WRU believe they have lost more than £50m due to Covid-19.
Steve Cooper paid tribute to the consistency shown by Swansea City as they tightened their grip on second place in the Championship with a hugely impressive 2-0 victory at Barnsley. Ben Cabango and Jamal Lowe struck in either half at Oakwell as Cooper's side made it six games unbeaten in all competitions.
Neil Harris has insisted questions over his own future as Cardiff City manager are “pointless” despite a fifth successive defeat. The Bluebirds boss was defiant after saying he was proud of his team’s performance in their 2-1 home defeat to Championship leaders Norwich City. Cardiff were thoroughly outplayed by a slick Canaries team who were 2-0 ahead at the break, despite missing five players, including top scorer Teemu Pukki – four of them due to Covid-19.
Newport County boss Mike Flynn said he feared for football after seeing Wales midfielder Josh Sheehan red-carded in the 0-0 draw with Salford City. The Exiles boss was unhappy with the performance of referee Anthony Backhouse saying his side were also denied a penalty at Rodney Parade.
Wales and other rival nations to France for this season’s Six Nations should prepare for the tournament and expect that it will definitely go ahead. The message has come from French Rugby Federation president Bernard Laporte who says this season’s Guinness Six Nations Championship “will take place”. The World Rugby vice-chairman also says there will be an expanded coronavirus testing programme for the tournament, while each country will have “a Covid manager”.
New Swansea City signing Ben Hamer was allowed to leave Huddersfield in order for young goalkeeper Ryan Schofield to gain a contract, according to the Yorkshire club. Hamer has joined the Swans on an 18-month deal for an undisclosed fee and will provide back-up to Freddie Woodman for the promotion-chasers following a long-term injury to Steven Benda. Hamer, 33, had been first choice at Huddersfield at the start of the season, but lost his place to 21-year-old Schofield in November and the Tykes have suggested the older man was unlikely to win it back.
Cardiff Blue Dragons have given Wheelchair Rugby League in Wales a huge boost by launching a team to add to their ever-expanding player base in the capital. Players are now being recruited by the club during lockdown in readiness for training to start later in the year.
Zoe Backstedt has seen her junior cyclo-cross World Championship hopes dashed by the coronavirus pandemic. The Pontyclun teenager has seen the junior races due to take place in Belgium later this month scrapped because of the on-going COVID-19 crisis.
Freddie Woodman has admitted that fan-less football is leaving him cold, but it won’t stop him freezing out more opponents in Swansea City’s promotion bid. The Swans keeper kept a second successive clean sheet in the 2-0 home victory over Blackburn Rovers at the weekend which moved his team to... Read More
Andre Ayew has been praised for his leadership as the Swansea City striker took his club’s armband and guided them to within sight of the top of the Championship. In a comfortable 2-0 victory at home to Blackburn Rovers, Ayew’s powerful 61st minute header followed Ben Cabango’s equally forceful effort from... Read More
Ryan Bennett has been backed to fill the Joe Rodon gap at Swansea City and maybe bring something extra, too. The Swans centre-back has impressed head coach Steve Cooper since his recent move from Wolverhampton Wanderers. Brought in as Rodon was sold to Tottenham for a cut price £11m earlier... Read More
Neil Harris has admitted empty stadia – and the disappearance of the vocal Cardiff City fan base – is hampering his bid to attract new players to the club. The Bluebirds manager insists he will be working hard until the October 16 domestic transfer deadline, but feels one major attraction has... Read More
Swansea City dominated the latest South Wales derby, crushing Cardiff City 5-1... Read More
Neil Harris Insists 'No Regrets' As Cardiff City Boss Admits Other Teams Are Better If Bluebirds Don't Scrap
Neil Harris insists there will be no lengthy inquests into Cardiff City’s first defeat since lockdown – just a determination to recover their ground quickly in the race for the Championship play-offs. The Bluebirds’ surprise 3-2 surrender at home to Blackburn Rovers on Tuesday night – after they led 1-0... Read More