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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.

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Swansea City Pray For Two Firsts For 2020 . . . A Conor Gallagher Goal And A Hull City Away Win

Steve Cooper hopes Conor Gallagher can finally break his Swansea goal duck as his team makes a last-gasp bid for a play-off spot.  Chelsea loanee Gallagher, 20, impressed with Charlton in the first half of the season before heading to South Wales where he has made another big impact. His... Read More

Sophie Ingle . . . The Barry Wanderer Who Journeyed To The Top Of The Women's Super League

Wales captain Sophie Ingle became a title winner for the first time this season when the truncated Women’s Super League was won by her Chelsea team. The occasion may have been muted, but for Ingle it was a triumphant end to a journey that began as a six-year-old with Vale... Read More

Steve Cooper's England Reunion Party In Swansea To Add Another Guest

Swansea City are poised to complete their third loan signing of the transfer window with the addition of Chelsea midfielder Conor Gallagher. The 19-year-old has spent the first half of the season at Charlton and played against the Swans in the Championship on January 2, when Steve Cooper’s side edged... Read More

Bluebirds, Arsenal, Patrick Vieira And David Ginola Play Their Part In The Football Past Of Aaron 'The Smash'

Welsh flanker Aaron Wainwright, nicknamed Aaron 'The Smash' from his early days in rugby union, is one of the success stories of the World Cup in Japan and looks certain to play for Wales against South Africa on Sunday. Terry Phillips chatted to Cardiff City's Academy manager about Aaron’s Bluebirds’ past There... Read More

Ethan Ampadu Will Soon See The Light In Leipzig, Insists Joe Allen

Ethan Ampadu has been backed to pass his German test – even though the Wales midfielder has yet to play a single minute for RB Leipzig. The vote of confidence has come from Amapdu’s Wales teammate Joe Allen who insists Ampadu will soon make his debut at the Bundesliga club.... Read More

United Old Boy Labels Daniel James An "Unplayable Nightmare"

Daniel James can prove to be an “unplayable nightmare” for Premier League defender this season, according to former Wales and Manchester United star Clayton Blackmore. James scored within six minutes of his league debut on Sunday as United began their campaign with a convincing 4-0 thrashing of Chelsea at Old... Read More
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