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Robert Mugabe, Kim Jong-Un, Ieuan Evans . . . And The Welsh Rugby Union Elections

Ieuan Evans: The Existing Culture Of Welsh Rugby Needs To Change . . . And I Want To Make It Happen
Once Wales’ most capped rugby player, most prolific tryscorer and most decorated captain, Ieuan Evans was the wide man who always held centre stage. Now, he’s seeking to be at the hub of events in a different role – as a member of the Welsh Rugby Union’s council. Graham Thomas hears why. When Ieuan Evans lifted the 1994 Five Nations trophy as Wales captain, he wore the look of a man who knew the truth. His team had won the title, but they had just been beaten by England at Twickenham – a Grand Slam opportunity had been lost – and the skipper’s instinct was to reflect the mixed emotions he felt inside rather than dance to the tune of TV producers who wanted joyous celebration. 

Former Ospreys Flier Klim Battles Childhood Tradgedies And The Temptation Of Drugs And Alcohol To Reach The Top

Former Ospreys flier Klim battles childhood tradgedies and the temptation of drugs and alcohol to reach the top

Melissa Courtney-Bryant Absolutely Flies In Finland . . . And Wins In Close To PB

Melissa Courtney-Bryant came within a whisker of setting a new 1500m personal best on her first outdoor outing of 2020 on Tuesday night. The Welsh 3,000 and 5,000m record holder was in imperious form as she overcame a high quality field at the Paavo Nurmi Games in Finland. Courtney-Bryant produced a masterclass in front running before breaking the tape in a new meeting and stadium record of 4:03.69.

Mark Williams Blasts The Rocket . . . And Labels Ronnie O'Sullivan Disrespectful To Snooker's Young Guns

Mark Williams Blasts The Rocket . . . And Labels Ronnie O’Sullivan Disrespectful To Snooker’s Young Guns
Mark Williams has jumped to the defence of snooker’s young brigade and called Ronnie O’Sullivan “disrespectful” for his criticisms of their standards. Wales’ former world champion saw his pursuit of a third title ended by O’Sullivan on Tuesday when the five-time champion won their quarter-final 13-10 at the Crucible. It was a clash between two of the game’s ageing legends with Williams now 45 and O’Sullivan 44. But it was a contest given more spice by O’Sullivan’s comments that levels of performance among the younger generation was so low that he would, “have to lose an arm and a leg to fall out of the top 50.”

Port Talbot End Five Month Training Gap . . . And Get Back In The Groove

Port Talbot Ladies head coach Hayley Williams admits there was a fair degree of apprehension before her players went back to training this month.  After all, it had been a long time since the Welsh Premier Women’s League squad members had last got together for their twice weekly sessions. But thanks to a grant of just over £1,000 from the Be Active Wales Fund, the players are now back on the grass – although having to get used to new conditions and demands imposed by coronavirus restrictions. 

From Pool To Lake, To Open Sea . . . How Dan Jervis Has Toned His Body And Freshened His Mind

Dan Jervis went to swimming’s world championships last year and failed to cope with the anxiety of expectation. Now, after lockdown and time spent out of the pool, he tells Graham Thomas he will be a calmer man heading towards next year’s Olympic Games. Dan Jervis is glad to be back in the pool, but the Olympic hopeful admits lockdown has altered his outlook to training, swimming, and even life itself. The Commonwealth Games silver medal winner from 2018 is part of the small group of 11 elite Welsh swimmers currently back in the water in Newport.

Summertime . . . And The Winning 'Aint Easy For Welsh Clubs In Europe

Summertime . . . And The Winning ‘Aint Easy For Welsh Clubs In Europe
The draws have been made, the maps have been checked, and now Welsh football clubs are preparing for their summer stint in the sun. Matthew Burgess says the cards – as usual – are not stacked in the Welsh clubs’ favour, but one-game shoot-outs might yet enable the likes of Connah’s Quay and Barry Town United to make their mark. Anticipating how Welsh clubs will fare in European competitions is generally a difficult summer task at the best times, yet the ongoing impact of the coronavirus on Welsh football only serves to muddy the waters further. In football's new normal, all qualifying rounds are to be decided over one game and ties could be hosted at neutral venues - or determined without a ball even being played - should Covid restrictions dictate.

Alun Wyn Jones Is Eager To Start . . . And Impress The New Boss At The Ospreys

Alun Wyn Jones Is Eager To Start . . . And Impress The New Boss
Alun Wyn Jones may be poised to become the most capped rugby player in history – but his first plan is to impress his new boss. The Wales captain is scheduled to pass Richie McCaw’s mark of 148 international caps this autumn, but his more immediate aim is to show new Ospreys coach Toby Booth the true meaning of staying power. Jones has been involved in his 18th senior pre-season routine with the Ospreys in recent days, but his first since Booth became head coach and the former London Irish chief says: “He’s at the start of his career for me.

Connah's Quay Given Home European Clash . . . But Barry Town Face Long Trip

Cymru Premier clubs Connah's Quay and Barry Town have learnt the identity of their respective European opponents later this month. Connah's Quay will face FK Sarajevo at home in what will be the Nomads' first ever UEFA Champions League qualifying tie, while Barry Town have been handed an away draw to Faroe Islanders RSI Runavík in the UEFA Europa League.

Dewi Griffiths Runs Into Eye-Catching Form Ahead of London Marathon

Dewi Griffiths smashed his 5k personal best in a lightning-fast elite men's race at the Podium 5K event on Saturday evening. Cambridge and Coleridge athlete Marc Scott finished first in a new British record time of 13:20 at the event in Barrowford, Lancashire, a mark which was just outside the European record. But it was Griffiths' sixth placed time of 13:43, which caught the eye in the week that it was announced this year's London Marathon would be an elite only race.

Britain

New Wave Of Welsh Talent Ready For British Challenge

by Owen Morgan Athletics fans will get the chance to see the next wave of emerging Welsh talent take on the rest of Britain’s best at the annual under-20s international match in Cardiff this Wednesday evening. With Jeremiah Azu, James Tomlinson, Sarah Omoregie and Remi Adebiyi all having reached their finals while... Read More

Hossein The Pride Of Iran Thanks To Welsh Exploits

Hossein Vafaei, the first Iranian professional in the history of snooker, has had to battle for his right to play the sport he loves. But the 23-year-old from Abadan, a city on the border with Iraq and close to Basra, has made his mark in South Wales this week. Former World amateur... Read More

Devils' Bowns Brutally Honest After European Drama

Ben Bowns was brutally honest in his assessment of Cardiff Devils’ latest venture into Europe. Great Britain goalie Bowns blamed himself for Devils 5-2 home defeat against Austrians Red Bull Salzburg at Ice Arena Wales. The visitors powered into a 4-0 lead within 25 minutes before captain Jake Morissette and his players... Read More

Lord's Cardiff Devils Are The Best Of British Again

Andrew Lord’s Cardiff Devils have lived up to their status as the best ice hockey team in Britain. They clinched the Elite League and Erhardt Conference titles for a second successive season by winning 3-2 at Belfast Giants last night. Joey Martin, Matt Pope and Andrew Hotham, with a winner scored 20.9... Read More

Jackson Disappointed At Williams' Olympic Omission

Colin Jackson reckons Rhys Williams can feel aggrieved about missing out on this summer’s Olympic Games. The 32-year-old... Read More