Rhys Jones has described being selected for a third Commonwealth Games as his “gold medal moment”. Anything else he achieves on the Alexander Stadium track in Birmingham this summer will be a bonus, says the para sprinter.
So, the Ryan Giggs Wales era has officially ended. It was an announcement which almost certainly represents a full-stop conclusion to the strained 30-year association between the Cardiffian and his national football team. The word “officially” is important here: in both practical and emotional terms Robert Page is already Wales manager.
Profits made from Wales qualifying for the World Cup – expected to be around £4m - will go into improving grassroots facilities, the Football Association of Wales have pledged. The overall commercial revenue from Wales reaching their first finals of the tournament for 64 years could be at least £10m, it has been estimated. But the guaranteed part of that income – which comes from the FIFA prize money pot – will go straight into benefitting the game at lower levels.
By Dan Parker For all the criticisms laid at the door of the WRU over recent months – from eyewatering international ticket prices and alcohol-induced shenanigans at the Principality Stadium to the poor performance of Wales national team and regional sides – this week’s letter from Pontypool RFC to the union... Read More
Dai Young And Dwayne Peel Insist Focus Is All On The Rugby . . . As They Get Set To Go Back To South Africa.
By Haydn Evans Cardiff director of rugby Dai Young, and Scarlets head coach Dwayne Peel both believe their nightmare visits to South Africa before Christmas will not be repeated. Both regions were left stranded after an outbreak of the omicron variant of Covid 19. Most of the blue and blacks’ squad were stuck... Read More
Newport County's Wayne Hatswell Admits: Dom Telford Is Turning Heads . . . But We'll Fight To Keep Him
By Rob Carbon Newport assistant manager Wayne Hatswell admits the club will have to fend off bids for League Two top scorer Dom Telford this month. Telford has 19 goals in 20 games after his double on Saturday helped his County side hammer Harrogate 4-0, with Mickey Demetriou and Courtney Baker-Richardson also... Read More
By David Williams Wales should move their Six Nations matches to England, rather than play in front of empty stadia. That’s the view of Exeter Chiefs director of rugby Rob Baxter, who has backed the views of Welsh players Josh Adams and Louis Rees-Zammit who are both in favour of going over... Read More
By David Williams Dan Biggar is concerned by the negative impact playing behind closed doors could have on the success of Wales’ Six Nations title defence. The champions’ first home game takes place against Scotland on February 12 but, under Covid restrictions imposed by the Welsh Government, only 50 spectators are permitted... Read More
By David Williams Wales' four rugby regions have been left counting the cost after new restrictions imposed by the Welsh Government to combat the spread of the Omicron variant of Covid-19 saw professional sport effectively forced behind closed doors. A strict limit of 50 spectators was placed on sport at all levels... Read More