Dwayne Peel will have to break his contract with Cardiff Blues and could face his prospective employers in court, unless a compensation deal can be agreed that allows him to work at the Scarlets. The former Wales scrum-half is at the centre of a messy battle between the two Welsh regions after signing a deal with one, but wanting to now join the other. Currently still coaching at Ulster, Peel’s future has been thrown into uncertainty with the Scarlets interested in bringing their former star back to Llanelli and plucking him from the clutches of the Blues.
Swansea City have been told they got away with robbery at Stoke City due to weak officials who awarded Andre Ayew’s controversial late penalty. The accusation came from Stoke manager Michael O’Neil who was furious with referee David Webb for the decision in the fourth minute of added time. The penalty handed the Swans a 2-1 win at the Bet365 Stadium, a victory which head coach Steve Cooper felt was deserved for their positive approach, despite the hotly-disputed decision to award the spot kick.
Steve Cooper insists the wheels aren’t coming off Swansea City’s drive for promotion despite conceding more goals in their last three games than in the previous nine. Cooper’s side head to Stoke City tonight - a club he says have spent lavishly - hoping to return to the defensive solidity that saw them concede a mere 15 goals in 28 games. But four goals at Huddersfield and a further three at home last weekend against Bristol City caused them to lose two of their last three games and slip to fourth place.
Jordan Hart was just edged out in a close battle in her first competition of the year in Basel. The 26-year-old from Haverfordwest was beaten 21-19, 21-14 by Israel's Ksenia Polikarpova at the Yonex Swiss Open.
Stephen Varney will be the Welshman aiming to run Wayne Pivac’s Grand Slam bandwagon off the road in Rome next week. Varney has already beaten Wales at U18 and Under 20 level and now the Welsh-speaking teenager is hoping to make it a hat-trick by helping Italy halt the Welsh march to a potential 13th Grand Slam. The Carmarthen-born scrum half - who learned his rugby at Crymych RFC - has already won five senior caps for the Azzurri and made his first start for the senior Italian side against Wales at Parc Y Scarlets in the Autumn Nations Cup.
Owen Smith will travel to Poland aiming to take care of some "unfinished business" in a Great Britain vest. The Cardiff Athletics star is part of the GB 4x400m squad for the European Indoor Athletics Championships in Torun where he hopes to put past disappointments behind him.
Welsh coach Leigh Jones is heading back to the UK to take up a newly-created role of general manager of rugby at Leicester Tigers. The former Ebbw Vale, Dragons and Wales forwards coach, who is currently general manager of rugby performance with the Hong Kong Rugby Union, will take-up his new post at the English Premiership club on May 1. He led the Wales A programme under Graham Henry and went on to become a senior member of the Japanese support team at the 2015 Rugby World Cup alongside the now England head coach Eddie Jones and Leicester head coach Steve Borthwick.
Michael Flynn has told his Newport County players they need to improve the quality of their football if they are to stay in the hunt for promotion from League Two. The County manager saw his team lose 1-0 at Tranmere Rovers on Tuesday night, a defeat that leaves then outside of the play-off places in eighth place in the table. Flynn could have pointed to a penalty claim late on when Mickey Demetriou's long ball forward into the penalty area struck the arm of defender Calum MacDonald.
Mick McCarthy has expressed his fears over left Joe Bennett's injury that overshadowed a stunning 4-0 victory over Derby County. The left-back looks set to miss the rest of City's season after he let out an agonising shriek as fell to the ground in a heap just past the half-hour mark.
Next week, Wales will be bidding for a Triple Crown when they take on England – surely, the most unexpected success story of the season. They’ve blindsided their critics, but the red cards have also led to a certain blind spot when it comes to possible concussion, says Harri Morgan.... Read More
The Welsh Rugby Union and the country’s four professional sides have met for detailed crisis talks to discuss their potential liabilities for concussion-related damages. Former Dragons and Wales Under-20 centre Adam Hughes is one of six new players who have given their backing to supporting legal action against World Rugby, the... Read More
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Shane Williams Tells Of Brutal Bone-Jarring Sessions Under Shaun Edwards And Says More Change In Rugby Is Needed
Shane Williams has revealed that former Wales defence coach Shaun Edwards used “bone on bone” sessions in training with the Wales squad which the former wing felt were more physical than the matches themselves. The claim comes amid increasing concerns in the game over the long term effects of concussion injuries... Read More
Traumatic brain injury expert Dr Willie Stewart believes it was "only a matter of time" before former rugby players with concussion-related issues considered legal action. A group of former internationals, including former Wales No.8 Alix Popham and England World Cup winner Steve Thompson, are planning legal action for negligence against... Read More
Former Wales No.8 Alix Popham is part of a group of former internationals who are planning legal action for negligence against the rugby authorities over brain injuries they have suffered, the law firm leading the case has announced. Popham – who has been diagnosed with early onset dementia - is part... Read More