When Alisha Butchers went over on her ankle in training with Bristol Bears Women last Tuesday, there was no way she could have foreseen the trouble, stress, and financial worries ahead. The 23-year-old Wales international has been forced to raise funds online for the surgery required to fix her ankle after falling foul of a medical insurance loophole. Butchers - who reached her £4,995 GoFundMe target in just five hours on Friday - wants her fellow female players to ensure they do not end up in the same position and liable for thousands of pounds of medical bills due to circumstances outside of their control.
Kris Jones finished an agonising three seconds outside the 2022 Commonwealth Games 10,000m qualifying standard in Newport on Saturday. Competing at the Elite Winter 10k event, Jones smashed his 10,000m personal best of 29.05.66 set in Highgate back in 2017. The Swansea Harrier finished second to Leeds AC athlete Emile Cairess, clocking a time of 28:33.17 - just outside the Birmingham qualifying standard of 28:30.00.
Dean Ryan has admitted he will have mixed feelings if Wales come calling again for his Dragons back row pair of Aaron Wainwright and Ross Moriarty. The dynamic duo were at the heart of the Dragons’ impressive 31-20 victory over the Ospreys in Bridgend that has dented the losers’ Heineken Champions Cup prospects and given Ryan’s men an outside sniff of qualification. It was the Dragons’ first win of 2021 and Wainwright – released for some game time by Wales coach Wayne Pivac – weighed in with a try to add to doubles from Jonah Holmes and Ashton Hewitt to give the visitors a bonus point victory.
Former Wales defender Jazz Richards has signed for Welsh Cymru Premier club Haverfordwest County. The former Swansea City and Cardiff City full-back became a free agent when he was released by the Bluebirds last summer. He looked close to signing for their Championship rivals Sheffield Wednesday last month, but the Owls eventually opted not to pursue a deal.
Steve Cooper has insisted he works for a “classy club” after refusing to get involved in a war of words with Neil Warnock. The clash between the pair happened both during and after Swansea City’s controversial 2-1 victory over Middlesbrough at the Liberty Stadium. Warnock could be heard referencing Cooper’s father Keith during one of several rants during the game in which Boro conceded a 97th minute penalty and also had a goal ruled out for a foul.
No-one kicks sand in the face of Newport County defender Priestley Farquharson. After, how many other players in League Two can boast 63 England caps? County’s new defender Farquharson can do just that, although his international tally hasn’t been built up playing at venues like Wembley, Stade de France or the Principality Stadium.
The Ospreys could take a giant step towards Heineken Champions Cup rugby next season if they can complete the double over regional rivals the Dragons at the Brewery Field tonight. The top three teams in the two Guinness PRO14 Conferences qualify automatically for the top tournament in Europe and Toby Booth’s much-improved side are currently on 31 points with three games to play – the Dragons at home and then Leinster and Glasgow Warriors away. If they can beat the Dragons with a bonus point to reach 36 points then they will be guaranteed third place. If not, they will need to pull some points out of the bag on their final two away trips.
Merthyr Town have been denied the chance to bounce straight back from their 2-1 defeat at Hendon FC after their scheduled fixture at Truro City this evening was postponed. The BetVictor Southern League fixture at Treyew Road in Cornwall was called off because of a waterlogged pitch. Home club Truro held a... Read More
Merthyr Town are focused on FA Trophy progress after their scheduled Southern League fixture on Cornwall this afternoon was called off. The Martyrs were due to play Truro City away, but heavy rain left their pitch unplayable and the clash will be rearranged. Now player-manager Gavin Williams and his players turn to... Read More
Cardiff City ’s under-18 team have earned back-to-back pre-season wins, beating NK Radomjie in Slovenia and Leicester City at their Belvoir Drive Training Ground. The young Bluebirds won 3-1 against Radomjie’s under-19 team and 6-4 at Leicester. Joel Bagan, Siyabonga Ligendza and Kieron Evans scored City’s goals in Slovania, while Kieron Evans... Read More
Plymouth Parkway 1, Cardiff City 5 Former Stoke City trainee Laurence Wootton scored twice for Cardiff City’s development team in their convincing win against Plymouth Parkway at Bolitho Park. The young Bluebirds completed their three-match pre-season tour to Devon and Cornwall with a 100 per cent record, having scored 15 goals and... Read More
When Cardiff City chairman Mehmet Dalman clinched the signing of Bruno Manga five years ago he told me the Gabon international was the ‘final piece of the Bluebirds’ jigsaw’. Nobody can fault Dalman’s logic because City swept back into Premier League football, but now it is time to build again. London-based Dalman... Read More
Bodmin Town 2, Cardiff City Development 3 The Bluebirds were hit by a Tornado in Cornwall, but they stood up to the battering in a fiercely contested and physical pre-season fixture. Cardiff City also had a surprise visitor when first team defender Sol Bamba turned up at the team hotel, the St... Read More