Jamie Paterson has insisted he is not a diver and he should not have been booked in Swansea City’s 1-0 defeat to Middlesbrough. The Swans midfielder was shown a yellow card for simulation in the first-half of the weekend loss at the Riverside Stadium after tumbling under a challenge from Boro goalkeeper Luke Daniels. But Paterson is adamant that referee Andy Davies made the wrong call and that the Swans should have been awarded a penalty, instead.
By Steffan Thomas The walls inside Whitchurch High School are already lined with pictures of famous Welsh internationals but they need to find room for another. Alongside the photographs of the school’s most famous sons – Gareth Bale, Geraint Thomas and Sam Warburton – some space must be found for Christ Tshiunza following his Wales breakthrough in October and the prospect of more Test caps to come in the Six Nations in a couple of months’ time.
New Wales cap Bradley Roberts has admitted he has to move to Wales to continue his international career and the Dragons are working to offer him a deal. They face stiff competition from Cardiff, however, in trying to sign the Ulster hooker. Roberts’ contract with the Irish province runs out at the end of the season and the Welsh Rugby Union’s 60 cap selection policy means he will have to join a Welsh side if he is to extend his Test career into a second season.
Steve Morison has claimed Cardiff City delivered a “positive performance” despite another home defeat that has put them back in relegation trouble. The Bluebirds manager insisted there was not much wrong with his team’s display in their 3-2 reverse against Sheffield United, aside from Sean Morrison’s sending off which his namesake said had “killed off” his team’s hopes of a victory. It was Cardiff’s second defeat in three matches and leaves them just one place above the Championship relegation zone, although they have a five-point lead over Peterborough United, who also lost.
Georgia Evans is hoping to gain bragging rights over three of her Welsh international back row rivals when Saracens welcome table-topping Bristol Bears to the StoneX Stadium for the game of the season in the Allianz Premier 15s on Saturday. They won’t come any bigger than the top two unbeaten teams going head-to-head in a match that will hold much appeal for Wales coach Ioan Cunningham. Both teams have won their six league games and only one try bonus-point separates them.
Welsh National hopeful Truckers Lodge will appear at Chepstow this weekend in preparation for the big race in the calendar at the same venue at the end of the month. The Paul Nicholls-trained horse heads to Chepstow on Saturday for the Welsh Grand National Trial, live on Sky Sports Racing at 1.22pm. Truckers Lodge was second in the Welsh National in 2019 before going on to win the Midlands National last year,
Cardiff City manager Steve Morison has claimed no-one cares whether his team win at home or away, so long as the points are gathered. The Bluebirds return to the Cardiff City Stadium on Saturday, looking to build on their away victory at Luton Town last week, which gave Morison his third victory since he took over from Mick McCarthy. Two of those three wins have come away from home, with Morison’s home record so far showing one win against Huddersfield, but two defeats – to QPR and Hull City.
Last weekend, Holly Jones retained her British title in Guildford. But the Swansea gymnast intends her success in the vault to be a springboard for more achievements and medals in a busy 2022, as she tells Lucy Rees. Holly Jones aims to have two teams behind her when she competes for her country at next year’s Commonwealth Games – Team Wales and Team Jones. Jones – who regained the British senior vault title at the recent British Gymnastics Championships – has a big year ahead that she hopes will include winning a medal in Birmingham.
Welshman Jonathan Phillips led Sheffield Steelers to victory in their opening Elite League series ice hockey match. Cardiff-born Phillips, who started his playing days as a teenager with Devils, is Sheffield’s captain and he scored their first goal in a 3-2 win against Nottingham Panthers at the Motorpoint Arena. ‘Captain... Read More
Cardiff Devils And Elite League Rivals Target Return To The Ice Early in 2021 After Season Suspended
Cardiff Devils and their fellow Elite League clubs hope some form of ice hockey can start early next year after scrapping plans for a full 2020-21 season. The 10 EIHL teams unanimously agreed to suspend the season during a video conference call involving all clubs including Devils’ managing director Todd... Read More
By Terry Phillips Cardiff Devils have now seen five players leave the Elite League club in the wake of the delayed season brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic. Sam Duggan is the latest Devil to move to Europe for 2020-21, having agreed terms with Segeltorps IF of the Swedish HockeyEttan League. He will... Read More
'Cardiff Devils Fans Will Be Heartbroken' Says Todd Kelman As Key Player Takes Up Austrian Challenge
By Terry Phillips Ben Bowns is heading to Austria - and Cardiff Devils look certain to sign an import goaltender for the 2020-21 Elite League season. Yorkshireman Bowns has made more than 400 appearances in six seasons for Devils, but he has now committed to Austrian club Graz 99ers. That surely means Devils... Read More
The Unsung Hero Returns . . . Canadian Forward Commits To Cardiff Devils For New Elite League Ice Hockey Season
Canadian forward Mike McNamee has committed to Cardiff Devils for the 2020-21 Elite League season. McNamee is the 10th player to re-sign for the Devils for the new campaign and the sixth import. “Mike is such a versatile player, highly skilled, great defensively and also has so much offensive talent,”... Read More
Joey Haddad has given Cardiff Devils a major boost by returning for a seventh season. The free-scoring forward - known as 'The Chef' for his love of cooking - proved his worth after earning four major awards in the devils end of season awards. The 31-year-old claimed a career best... Read More