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.
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 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 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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Cardiff City (u-18) 3, Ipswich Town (u-18) 0 Ntazana Mayembe (2) and Isaak Davies led Cardiff City to a resounding three-goal Professional under-18 Development League victory against Ipswich Town. The two clubs now meet again in the FA Youth Cup third round at Cardiff City Stadium thius Saturday (December 14, 3pm). Coach Matthew... Read More
Professional Development Under-18 League Cardiff City 2, Wigan Athletic 2 Former England under-15 international Ntazana Mayembne scored two goals for Cardiff City in their Professional Development Under-18 League match against Wigan Athletic. Mayembe, a 16-year-old attacking midfield player whose family are from Zambia, fired City in front after five minutes and then equalised... Read More
Under-23 Development match Cardiff City 1, Sheffield United 3 Coach Andy Legg’s young Bluebirds slipped to defeat in their opening Professional Development League fixture at Cardiff International Sports Campus. Jake Young (2) and Reece York scored Sheffield United’s goals during the second half of a hard fought match. Blades’ coach Matt Dukes, a former... Read More
Professional Development League under-18 Hull City 0, Cardiff City 0 The young Bluebirds faced a Hull City team coached by former Cardiff City and Wales defender Terry Boyle on Humberside. This was a first Professional Development Under-18 League match for both teams and there were few chances. Home goalkeeper David Robson has produced a... Read More
Cardiff City players ‘can’t wait’ to start their Professional Development League Under-18 season against Hull City this morning (Saturday). The young Bluebirds take on Hull away and play their first home fixture against Crewe at Cardiff International Sports Campus next Saturday morning. “The players can’t wait to get going,” said coach Matthew... Read More
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