Rhys Webb has taken inspiration from football greats Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo after ending more than two years in the international rugby wilderness. Ospreys scrum-half Webb is on course to make his first Wales appearance since November 2020 in next Saturday’s Guinness Six Nations opener against Ireland. Webb, who toured New Zealand with the 2017 British and Irish Lions, featured on just five occasions during Wayne Pivac’s 34-Test reign as Wales head coach.
Dwayne Peel was able to enjoy one of the best victories during his time as head coach at the Scarlets as his side picked up a 37-28 bonus-point win over the Bulls on Friday. Despite having five players away on Wales duty and a number of others ruled out through injury, the Parc y Scarlets faithful saw their side notch a first win over the Bulls in the URC and pick up a fourth try late in the game to take the extra point. It was their fifth win in a row this year in all competitions and moved them ahead of the Dragons in the table.
Sol Bamba insists his new boss at Cardiff City, Sabri Lamouchi, commands respect and has the tactical nous to keep the club in the Championship. Bamba has rejoined the club he enjoyed success with as a player as their new assistant and right-hand man to Frenchman Lamouchi. The pair worked together when Lamouchi was manager of the Ivory Coast national team between 2012 and 2014 and Bamba was a player in that squad alongside former Swansea City star Wilfried Bony.
The Welsh Rugby Players Association has urged the Welsh Rugby Union to take the "strongest possible action" after allegations of sexism and bullying within the organisation. An open letter was sent to WRU chairman Ieuan Evans from the WRPA following a BBC investigation, which featured former WRU employees alleging incidents including racism and homophobia during their time with the organisation. One contributor claimed she had considered suicide as a result of her experiences.
James Botham insists Cardiff have forced their critics to eat their words, having recovered from heavy defeats earlier in the season. It’s a big claim from the Wales international, given that the team have lost three of their four matches played so far this year. But as Cardiff prepare for the toughest assignment in European rugby – a trip to Dublin to face Leinster on Saturday evening in a game that is live on S4C – Botham believes the capital city region have already proved some sceptics wrong and insists there is more to come.
Wales winger Sorba Thomas has swapped a relegation fight with Huddersfield for a promotion chase with Blackburn Rovers after being told he had fallen down the pecking order with the Terriers. Thomas – who went to the World Cup with Wales only two months ago – was told his chances were going to be limited at Huddersfield after they brought in some new additions. The club are languishing in the Championship relegation zone, three points adrift of Cardiff City who are in 21st place.
New attack coach Alex King says Wales are determined to play an entertaining brand which is rooted deep in the country’s DNA. King joined up with the rest of Warren Gatland’s coaching staff on Monday, with the New Zealander having chosen the former England fly-half to replace Stephen Jones as attack coach. The 47-year-old has little time to get his messages and methods across ahead of the Guinness Six Nations opener against Ireland on February 4, but King is confident that he can do so to mark Gatland’s Wales return with a winning start.
Run Machine Sam Northeast Continues His Record Breaking Season But Admits The Dressing Room Is Deflated After One Day Cup Setback
By David Williams Sam Northeast was proud of his 177 as he and Billy Root re-wrote the record books on their way to defeating Worcestershire Rapids by 19 runs at New Road but admitted the dressing room are gutted after their hands slipped from the trophy, they had won last year. Kent's... Read More
The Week-Long Multi-Sport Para Sport Festival Is Ready To Inspire, Delight And Entertain Swansea Bay
By Paul Evans The week-long multi-sport and multi-venue Para Sport Festival will start on Monday (1 August) with the biggest in-person insport Series event since 2019 – with over 20 sports for people of all ages and all abilities to come and try, brought to Swansea University (Singleton Park Campus) by... Read More
By David Williams A short but intriguing final day is in prospect at Abergavenny where Wales NC need three wickets and Devon 43 runs for victory in Western Division Two. In a match of constantly fluctuating fortunes, the all-round performance of Wales’ Brad Wadlan looks like proving decisive. Having made a century on the first day, Wadlan... Read More
By Paul Jones Glamorgan captain David Lloyd believes his players’ tougher mental strength can boost their County Championship campaign further after their superb win at Nottinghamshire. The Welsh county host Middlesex on Thursday, where they will be looking to build on their seven-wicket victory at Trent Bridge, where returning Australian star Marnus... Read More
By Lucy Rees The Hundred will return to Cardiff in 2022 - after its off-field success in the inaugural year - with the Welsh Fire teams desperate to improve their finish on the leaderboards. After an encouraging start to their season, Welsh Fire men finished seventh out of eight teams, while the... Read More
By Gareth James Work is underway on the new children’s net area on the back lawn at Glamorgan’s Sophia Gardens. Head coach Matt Maynard marked the start of work by putting the first spade in the ground. Dedicated to Tom Maynard, the four-lane net is being built using the money raised through the... Read More