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.
Run Wales is looking to inspire even more people to join in the running revolution sweeping the nation. More than 350,000 people – 18 per cent of Wales’ adult population - used running for their daily exercise during the 2020 lockdowns. With gyms closed once again and running clubs not able to exercise together, Run Wales is looking for first-time joggers, power walkers and race finishers to join their new campaign - From My Door.
The third round of the FA Cup can relied upon for jogging a few memories. So, it was comforting to see a familiar face in charge of Aston Villa the other night, a Welsh coach who Fraser Watson argues could still be destined for more regular appearances in the spotlight. Who is Mark Delaney? If you’ve followed Welsh football, or indeed, Aston Villa in the 21st century, it’s not a question that prior to last week, you would have needed to ask. Having captained his country and made 158 Premier League appearances, with an FA Cup final thrown in to boot, a succession of knee injuries curtailed his playing days aged just 31. Coaching badges followed, and his work in developing the club’s youngsters since 2007 has been rightly lauded by those within Villa Park.
Cardiff City manager Neil Harris insists you cannot stop players from celebrating goals - and will be hoping there are plenty to get excited about against Norwich City. The Bluebirds boss says the only way FA chiefs can stop players hugging each other to meet COVID-19 stipulations is to stop playing altogether.
Steve Cooper has said “there’s a good player in there” about striker Viktor Gyokeres – but fans won’t be seeing him at Swansea City. The on-loan striker has been recalled by parent club Brighton after 12 appearances for the Swans in which he scored only once, in last week’s 2-0 FA Cup third round win at Stevenage. It was a modest return for a Premier League striker who joined Swansea last September, having scored seven goals in 19 starts the previous season, playing for St. Pauli in Bundesliga 2.
Dan Lydiate has heralded the resurgence of the Ospreys and the region’s signing of Wales prop Tomas Francis. Under the guidance of head coach Toby Booth, the Swansea-based region have improved steadily over the course of a season hit hard by the Covid-19 pandemic. Over Christmas the Ospreys won two of their three festive derby clashes by beating Cardiff Blues and Dragons after a narrow loss to the Scarlets.
Natalie Powell reckons she is in the best shape of her career after returning to the judo mat for the first time in nearly 12 months. The Beulah judoka finished fifth at the World Masters in Doha as the countdown to the Tokyo Olympics resumed in earnest.
Georgia Davies surprised herself when she took a bronze in the 100m backstroke at the European Short Course Swimming Championships in Glasgow. The Welsh double bronze Commonwealth Games medallist of 2018 is not renowned as a short course competitor but managed to finish third in the final and make the... Read More
Harri Jenkins marked his first ever World Para Athletics Championships by winning a brilliant bronze medal in Dubai on Sunday night in the T33 100m final. The Neath speedster clocked a time of 18.98 to finish third behind fellow Great Britain athlete Andrew Small who pipped him to the silver... Read More
Georgia Davies was happy to end the year with another bronze medal as she finished third in the 100m backstroke at the FINA World Short Course Swimming Championships in China. Davies – who also earned bronze for Wales earlier this year at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games – finished among... Read More
It's been a breakthrough year for Welsh athlete Melissa Courtney, who now carries the official tag of world class. Owen Morgan meets the Olympic hopeful who believes she can run even faster now she's assisted by more than just the wind. Melissa Courtney has described being named in British Athletics' World... Read More
Lauren Price missed out on a shot at another gold medal when she was beaten on a controversial split decision at the EUBC European Women’s Boxing Championships in Sofia. The Commonwealth champion from the Gold Coast at 75kg, Price had high hopes of improving on the bronze medal she won... Read More
Mike Wixey will have bragging rights in his Abergavenny home when he returns from the Gold Coast having out-gunned his wife, Sarah, by trumping her shooting bronze with a magnificent gold in the men’s Olympic trap. Shooting at his fifth Games for Wales, the 46-year-old Wixey was inspired by Sarah’s... Read More