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.
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Welsh Wizards, the Cardiff-based Premier Squash League team, have a player through to the PSA Men’s World Championship quarter-finals in Doha, Qatar. Bristol-based Marwan ElShorbagy, who has played for Wizards over the last two seasons, will go head-to-head with his brother, Mohamed, on Thursday. But there was no joy for Welshman Joel... Read More
Rhiannon Linington-Payne swapped the desert climate of Doha for the muddy autumnal parkland of Cardiff’s Llandaff Fields last weekend. Less than a week before, the Welsh Athletics employee was one of an army of officials and volunteers ensuring the smooth running of the IAAF World Athletics Championships in Qatar. Now,... Read More
There will be no Welsh athletes competing at the World Athletics Championships in Doha later this month – unless the sport’s global governing body step in to offer world ranking invitations. The final Great Britain team was announced on Tuesday with the news that marathon runner Dewi Griffiths – who... Read More
Bethan Davies made it a hat-trick of 5000m race walk British titles in sweltering conditions in Birmingham on Sunday. The Cardiff Athlete produced another typically dominant display to outclass the rest of the field and take her third consecutive British Championship win in a season's best time of 21:56.45. Davies... Read More
Hurdler Dai Greene and steeplechaser Ieuan Thomas will each spend the next week searching for races in order to achieve the qualifying times for the World Athletics Championships in Doha. The Welsh duo both claimed top three places at the British Athletics Championships in Birmingham on Saturday, putting them in... Read More