In 2014, Will Taylor started for Wasps in front of 82,000 people against Harlequins at Twickenham. Three years later he was selling vegetables on the streets of London and collecting empty glasses in his friend's nightclub. They say life’s a rollercoaster but the 29-year-old from Swansea wouldn’t have expected there to be quite as many sharp turns.
The Welsh Rugby Union will receive financial support from Welsh government funding, which is set to be confirmed this week. After a devastating year dominated by the Covid-19 pandemic, the WRU’s bank balance has been decimated. It's estimated each Wales home match brings in about £10million and the WRU believe they have lost more than £50m due to Covid-19.
Steve Cooper paid tribute to the consistency shown by Swansea City as they tightened their grip on second place in the Championship with a hugely impressive 2-0 victory at Barnsley. Ben Cabango and Jamal Lowe struck in either half at Oakwell as Cooper's side made it six games unbeaten in all competitions.
Neil Harris has insisted questions over his own future as Cardiff City manager are “pointless” despite a fifth successive defeat. The Bluebirds boss was defiant after saying he was proud of his team’s performance in their 2-1 home defeat to Championship leaders Norwich City. Cardiff were thoroughly outplayed by a slick Canaries team who were 2-0 ahead at the break, despite missing five players, including top scorer Teemu Pukki – four of them due to Covid-19.
Newport County boss Mike Flynn said he feared for football after seeing Wales midfielder Josh Sheehan red-carded in the 0-0 draw with Salford City. The Exiles boss was unhappy with the performance of referee Anthony Backhouse saying his side were also denied a penalty at Rodney Parade.
Wales and other rival nations to France for this season’s Six Nations should prepare for the tournament and expect that it will definitely go ahead. The message has come from French Rugby Federation president Bernard Laporte who says this season’s Guinness Six Nations Championship “will take place”. The World Rugby vice-chairman also says there will be an expanded coronavirus testing programme for the tournament, while each country will have “a Covid manager”.
New Swansea City signing Ben Hamer was allowed to leave Huddersfield in order for young goalkeeper Ryan Schofield to gain a contract, according to the Yorkshire club. Hamer has joined the Swans on an 18-month deal for an undisclosed fee and will provide back-up to Freddie Woodman for the promotion-chasers following a long-term injury to Steven Benda. Hamer, 33, had been first choice at Huddersfield at the start of the season, but lost his place to 21-year-old Schofield in November and the Tykes have suggested the older man was unlikely to win it back.
Cardiff Blue Dragons have given Wheelchair Rugby League in Wales a huge boost by launching a team to add to their ever-expanding player base in the capital. Players are now being recruited by the club during lockdown in readiness for training to start later in the year.
Zoe Backstedt has seen her junior cyclo-cross World Championship hopes dashed by the coronavirus pandemic. The Pontyclun teenager has seen the junior races due to take place in Belgium later this month scrapped because of the on-going COVID-19 crisis.
Run Wales is looking to inspire even more people to join in the running revolution sweeping the nation. More than 350,000 people – 18 per cent of Wales’ adult population - used running for their daily exercise during the 2020 lockdowns. With gyms closed once again and running clubs not able to exercise together, Run Wales is looking for first-time joggers, power walkers and race finishers to join their new campaign - From My Door.
The January transfer window is upon us. For those players on the fringes of selection for Wales ahead of this summer’s delayed Euro finals – or for long-shot outsiders aiming to come with a late run on the rails – the opportunity for a club move could prove vital. Ross... Read More
Harry Wilson says Wales are heading for Euro 2020 confident they can beat anyone. The on-loan Cardiff City striker helped Wales secure Nations League promotion to the top tier of European football on Wednesday with a 3-1 win over Finland in the capital. The victory also virtually guaranteed Wales a... Read More
David Brooks And A Tale Of Two Targets . . . Take Bournemouth Back To The Premier League And Ensure Wales Success At The Euros
David Brooks says the sunshine of the Persian Gulf and the warm embrace of his family kept him going through the dark days of the past 18 months. The Wales forward – who scored the only goal of the game in the victory over the Republic of Ireland on Sunday... Read More
Gwennan Harries was hoping for trips to Baku and Rome this summer, like so many others looking forward to the Euro 2020 finals. Instead, she will have to settle for recent memories being jogged by S4C this weekend – a night when the whistle blew and the touchline dancing began,... Read More
David Brooks has set his sights on making a major impact for Wales at next year’s delayed Euro 2020 finals. The Wales forward might have struggled to make this summer’s tournament, originally scheduled for June, due to a serious ankle injury which has meant he has not played a game... Read More
Kieffer Moore is a man who certainly cannot be accused of resting on his laurels. The Wigan Athletic frontman made a huge impact for Wales during the second half of their successful UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying campaign, netting twice in four games and providing an attacking focal point for Ryan... Read More