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.
Matias Sointu was the eighth Finnish player to sign for Cardiff Devils and he made a major impact during a short stay. Head coach Andrew Lord was keen for Sointu to stick around in Cardiff Bay a little longer, but the playmaker popped into the office on Monday to say: “I’m... Read More
Cardiff Devils supporters are the talk of Swedish ice hockey after their night out in Gothenburg. Security staff at the Scandinavium praised the Red Army faithful after Devils’ 9-2 Champions Hockey League defeat against Frolunda’s Indians, saying ’they are the best’. Around 150 Cardiff fans were at the match, cheering, singing, chanting... Read More
Frolunda Indians 9, Cardiff Devils 2 Cardiff Devils know exactly what they have to do against reigning European ice hockey champions Frolunda Indians at the Viola Arena next Tuesday. A home win in Cardiff Bay could lift Devils back above Swedish title winners Indians and a place in the last 16 knockout... Read More
Cardiff Devils faced the biggest test in their 33-year history when they take on three-times European champions Frolunda Indians at their Scandinavium arena in Gothenburg. Head coach Andrew Lord and his Devils take on the reigning Champions Hockey League title winners and a win could clinch a place in the last... Read More
Devils Leap Out Of Blaze, Now Face Indians In Sweden And Coach Lord Says 'Frolunda Are Best In Europe'
Cardiff Devils are preparing for a ‘crazy’ challenge against reigning European ice hockey champions Frolunda Indians in Gothenburg, Sweden on Tuesday. Captain Joey Martin and his team stand top of their Champions Hockey League group after winning three of their fourth fixtures so far including a 5-2 triumph against Graz99ers in... Read More
Matias And His Cardiff Devils Team-Mates Prepare For Viola Arena 'Standing Room' Cup Clash With Blaze
Dai Sport’s Terry Phillips sat down for a one-to-one chat with Cardiff Devils winger Matias Sointu after a training session at the Viola Arena. Finnish forward Matias Sointu is loving life with Devils. The former Tampa Bay Lightning NHL draft pick shares an apartment in Cardiff Bay with club captain Joey Martin... Read More